Doug Janousek, Union Point's resident personal chef and cookbook author, is excited that his his long-awaited art and recipes book, Home Cookin' Illustrated, is ready. The book features interviews with the participating artists, personalized menus and recipes, and original artwork. "I think the concept for this book is really different and intriguing," he said. "Talking with the artists and getting their take on food, as well as on their art was just amazing." The artists include painters from Augusta to Athens, Eatonton, Union Point, Greensboro, Watkinsville and Oxford who work in acrylics, watercolors, pastels, oils and a variety of mixed media. Janousek created personalized menus for each artist and came up with his recipe versions from a variety of cuisines including a Mediterranean mezze, or buffet, for Union Point artist Anne Jenkins; an Irish-inspired menu for cover artist Lillie Morris of Evans; a Hungarian/Slavic styled menu for Lake Oconee area artist Mev Rozsman, as well as several other food styles like Low Country South, Southwestern fare and his upscale tasting menu, "33 Bites to Fulfillment," he served last Spring at The Washington Grass Inn with executive chef Gloria Slaughter. Lake Country artists include Jenkins of Union Point and Rozsman, as well as Cameron Hampton of the Hampton Fine Art Gallery, Jan Whyllson, Nan McGarity of the Historic Mill Studio, Judy Phlegar and Gail Vail. Also taking part in the project is Darlene Simmemon of Eatonton, Will Eskridge of Athens, JoAnn Kolbus of Watkinsville, Margaret Warfield of Oxford, and from the Augusta area, Gail Smith and Lillie Morris of the Broadstrokes Gallery in Evans. Rounding out the book is a chapter and menu with Matt Garofalo of The Oconee Cellar. Matt provides wine pairings for most of the menus as well as tips on how to do a tasting in your own home.