A tasty writing assignment has evolved into a collection of articles featuring chefs and restaurateurs in the Columbia, South Carolina area. Published individually under the heading “Columbia Cooks” in Columbia Home & Garden magazine between 2008 and 2013, the articles focus on the stories behind the people and places that diners have come to know and love in and around Columbia. Each chef or restaurateur was asked to contribute recipes. What resulted were personal offerings by such noted Columbia chefs as Fulvio Valsecci of Ristorante Divino, Billy Prato of Dianne’s on Devine, and the beloved Tronco family. Each of the people in these features has something to offer through their stories and recipes, and that is their essence – giving back to the community by striving to make the best food in the best atmospheres that they can. Bring that spirit into your home through these articles and recipes.

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