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Hang out on the beach in style with The Summertime Anytime Cookbook by Dana Slatkin, featuring Beach Bar Essentials; Sunset Cocktails; White Asparagus Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette; and Pappardelle with Wild Mushrooms, Rosemary, and Light Tomato Sauce.

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The Summertime Anytime Cookbook
Recipes from Shutters on the Beach

by Dana Slatkin


Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, California, is an iconic, luxury seaside resort that is often frequented by the Hollywood elite. In her new cookbook, The Summertime Anytime: Cookbook Recipes from Shutters on the Beach, co-owner Dana Slatkin utilizes her cooking skills and years of experience to bring 130 recipes and style secrets from the famed hotel into every home.

As a year-round beach resident and professionally trained chef, Dana Slatkin knows that a perfect day at the beach revolves around the weather. The clever organization of The Summertime Anytime Cookbook takes this into account, offering picnics and market-fresh meals to share. Melon Agua Fresca and White Asparagus Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette are for "Sunny Days," while "Cloudy Days" call for comfort foods served family-style, including Strozzapreti with Sausage, White Beans, Broccolini, and Tomato. "Balmy Nights" provide the perfect setting for entertaining with some good music and sexy sunset cocktails such as Shutters Sky-Blue, and "Stormy Nights" are an excuse to unwind with some heartwarming soups and homemade facials, and indulge in a bit of romance by the fire. And let's not forget "Misty Mornings," perfect for a delicious smoothie, breakfast in bed, or a joyful brunch with such favorites as Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes and Giant Walnut Sticky Buns.

The Summertime Anytime Cookbook infuses everyday life with the magic of a summer on the beach. Dana explains, "Each recipe is an invitation to slow down, shed the need for domestic goddess perfection, and welcome good company into your home-no matter how far you may be from a real beach or what the weather has in store."

Chock-full of signature dishes from the hotel's restaurants, casually elegant decor tips from celebrity designer Michael S. Smith, and homemade beauty treatments from Ole Henriksen of ONE the Spa, The Summertime Anytime Cookbook is a must-have addition to every home cook's kitchen.

About the Author

Dana Slatkin is a chef, consultant, and culinary teacher. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she trained in France with Michelin three-star chefs Georges Blanc and Michel Guerard and with renowned patissier Pierre Herme at Fauchon. After cooking in New York City at Bouley, Dana moved to Los Angeles to become general manager at L'Orangerie. She later launched and ran Beverly Hills Farmers Market, Inc., selling her own food products to supermarkets and airline companies for nearly ten years. Dana currently lives with her husband and two children in Los Angeles. In addition to consulting for food companies on new product development, Dana teaches popular cooking classes to children and adults. She is a founding member of Everychild Foundation and a classical concert pianist.

About Shutters on the Beach

Independently owned and operated by the Beverly Hills-based Edward Thomas Collection, Shutters on the Beach is an elite hotel located on the beach of Santa Monica Bay. In addition to being a savvy business destination, the hotel is known for its inspiring interiors by celebrated interior designer Michael Smith, expansive panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and California coastline, comfortably elegant and intimate atmosphere, dedication to guest services, and a strict policy of protecting the privacy of its "who's who" guest list. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Shutters offers two signature restaurants, One Pico and Coast Beach Cafe & Bar, both boasting views of the Santa Monica beach and Pacific Ocean. ONE the Spa provides the coveted services of Ole Henriksen, Hollywood's hottest skincare specialist. As the arbiter of beach living, the hotel is also the inspiration for Shutters Beach Style, a print and online catalog for gifts and accessories. For more information, visit


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