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With cookbook, Ann Romney offers a peek into family life

Interview » New author talks about food on campaign trail, recipes and Mitt’s cooking skills.

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Is there a recipe that didn’t make the book that you wish had?

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Romney signing

Ann Romney, wife of former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, will be Salt Lake City to sign copies of her new cookbook, “The Romney Family Table: Sharing Home-Cooked Recipes and Favorite Traditions.”

When » Friday, Oct. 4, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where » Deseret Book in City Creek, 45 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City.

Cost » $29.99, available at the event.

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My mother’s popover recipe. It requires special pans and I didn’t think it would translate well for the book.

In the cookbook, you admit to going on a cooking strike after you dropped your youngest son at college. What did you eat?

That’s when I discovered rotisserie chicken. Some nights Mitt and I are honestly happy to make a bowl of oatmeal. If we don’t feel like cooking or going out, we’re happy with pancakes or an omelette.

What do you cook these days?

I’ve started cooking more fish. When the kids were younger, they didn’t like it, and here we live in Boston where it’s fabulous. We’re also on a green drink kick and very health conscious. I make three to five vegetable sides when I cook dinner now: green beans, boiled beets, roasted sweet potatoes. It’s very different than the way I cooked when the kids were young.

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Is there a vegetable you don’t like?

Eggplant. Neither one of us will eat it — ever.

What’s your favorite fast-food meal?

Carl’s Jr. We get the jalapeño turkey burger. I eat it without the bread, but Mitt has the bun.

You’ll be in Utah during LDS General Conference. Will you attend any of the sessions?

No. But I’ll be watching with my grandchildren who I haven’t seen for a while. [Two of Romney’s sons still live in Utah.]

Are you catching up on any television shows you missed before the election?

During the campaign we downloaded "Downton Abbey" and "Modern Family." And even though I don’t like the way the last season [of "Downton"] ended, I can’t wait for it to start again.

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