Gary Saulter, author of  Recipes I've Stolen — A collection of private recipes from restaurants, hotels, chefs, families, cooks, grandmothers, friends and strangers from all over. 

Gary Saulter, author of Recipes I've Stolen —A collection of private recipes from restaurants, hotels, chefs, families, cooks, grandmothers, friends and strangers from all over. 

Hi, I'm Gary Saulter. I am not a professional chef, but I am a cook and a foodie. I believe that eating well is one of life’s greatest pleasures. My only criteria is that the dishes be simple, imaginative and delicious. These are the kind of wholesome recipes where you only need to know how to follow easy directions.

The best thing you can take away from a really incredible meal is the way to duplicate it! If you loved the meal, get the recipe, or better yet, STEAL IT!

I am pleased to feature the very first recipe I ever stole, ‘French Town Chicken’, in this book. So what’s so special about ‘French Town Chicken’ that started all of this? Think succulent chicken, wrapped around spinach, pine nuts and Feta cheese, browned with special bread crumbs. Pour on a cream, pesto, sundried tomatoes, and sauce and take a bite. Since it was my first success in getting a signature recipe from a restaurant, I now have an emotional connection with ‘French Town Chicken’.

I am not a cook who can create an original recipe. But I can steal one! It is fun to recreate the experience of a meal for friends and family. And it has become somewhat of a skill to cajole the recipe from a restaurant kitchen.

Over time, I have learned to hone my skills and ask a restaurant for one of their main recipes. It was fun and it made the adventure of eating at a new restaurant an even bigger adventure!

And I suppose it’s an adventure, too. I have made a lifestyle out of stealing and recreating recipes and have developed a wonderful, fulfilling hobby with cooking I use both to entertain friends and expand my social world.

What started with a wonderful meal and a chance connection with a chef became bigger and I made it fun.

My hope for you is that you use this to develop your own journey – filled with exotic flavors, interesting people and recipes with a story behind them.

My advice to you is to steal one recipe and recreate it. You’ll be hooked. I just ask one thing: send it to me!!

Gary Saulter