Diamond Dishes

From the Kitchens of Baseball’s Biggest Stars


Book Description

Twenty top Major League Baseball players share stories about life off the field and their favorite foods—with nearly 100 full-color photos and more than 60 easy-to-make recipes


Baseball and food are two of life’s uncomplicated pleasures, stirring up sizzling passion across all generations. Now, for the first time, baseball fans and food lovers get a behind-the-scenes look into the kitchens of twenty of their favorite Major League All Stars. Author Julie Loria shares their stories, from memorable meals growing up, to their current fitness routines, food rituals, and guilty food pleasures. And within these pages you will even discover quite a few amusing anecdotes about life beyond the diamond, and so much more.


And, oh what great food! America’s favorite game not only brings together people from around the world but also blends a wonderful variety of cuisines—including classic dishes native to all corners of the United States and spicy Latin American fare. Julie recreates and collects the down-home family recipes, favorite authentic meals, and top dishes from on-the-road eateries of today’s top players—from Derek Jeter’s buttermilk pancakes and Dustin Pedroia’s pasta primavera to Albert Pujols’ Home Run Chicken and Ryan Howard’s macaroni and cheese.


An official Major League Baseball publication, Diamond Dishes is more than a cookbook. It’s a singular and scrumptious backstage look at ballplayers flexing their culinary muscles and discussing the roles of family, friends, and food in their lives. With exclusive, full-color photos of Major League stars at home and in their kitchens, and more than sixty easy-to-prepare recipes, this book is a treasure trove of sights, sounds, tastes, and aromas that penetrate the hearts and souls of the players and their fans alike.



Players featured in the book include:


Lance Berkman, St. Louis Cardinals

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers

Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox

Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies

Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers

Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies

Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

Josh Johnson, Florida Marlins

Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox

Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays

Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins

Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

Johan Santana, New York Mets

Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians

Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies

David Wright, New York Mets



Book trailer

Behind the Scenes: Players During the Photo Shoots

Martha Stewart Television

MLB Network

Local NBC Miami News

About Loria, Julie

Julie Loria ranks cooking and baseball high on the list of her lifelong passions. After a career as a marketing and advertising executive, she moved to Paris to pursue a career in the fine arts. While living in Europe she continued to enhance her culinary interests. She and her husband, Jeffrey Loria, owner of the Florida Marlins baseball team, divide their time between New York City and Miami.