Arizona, (PressExposure) March 17, 2009 -- Do chefs ever retire? Do they go sky-diving or river rafting? What does a chef/owner do after selling her very successful restaurant?
For renowned chef Pia Balling, none of the above, although it was certainly tempting! Instead, writing a series gourmet cook books with recipes for some of her best European and Mediterranean dishes came first.
Announcing the release of Pia's cook book, "Pia's Mediterranean Inspirations - Cooking with Olive Oil and Wine", the first in a line of cook books to help readers learn how to create dishes that are good for body, ego, wallet and tastebuds!
"Pia's Mediterranean Inspirations" is more than just recipes and wine pairing instruction, it is a way of thinking and cooking that goes beyond the recipe and focuses on total health and well-being, enhancing both body and spirit.
This new way of looking at healthy Mediterranean cooking is derived from Pia's childhood in Denmark, her many years as a top tennis professional and refined as chef/owner of Pia's European restaurant in Carefree, AZ.
The recipes featured in "Pia's Mediterranean Inspirations" offer natural simplicity and bountiful flavors without using butter or fat. Instead, Pia offers dishes created with extra virgin olive oil and good wines, which is the heart of Pia's cooking. In addition, the book offers tips, strategies and insight on creating wonderful tasting food using common sense and basic spices.