About this book
A YEAR AGO, when we released Costco’s first-ever book, Entertaining the Costco Way,
we were asked more than once whether Costco was getting into the book publishing business. Our answer then and now is no. But there can be no question as to whether we are
in the food business. It is that commitment to offering our members the best possible food
values that has resulted in Cooking the Costco Way. While our first book organized its
recipes in menus tied to seasonal events, Cooking the Costco Way celebrates the differences in regional cuisine throughout the United States and in the six other countries in
which Costco operates. Each book is meant to complement the other.
Recipes within each regional chapter are organized by meal category—appetizers, salads, side dishes, entrées, desserts, beverages. We open each chapter with an interview with
a chef whose work has epitomized a region or who, as in the case of Jeremiah Tower in
California or Kathy Casey in the Northwest, has long been at the forefront of bringing the
joys of the region’s cuisine to audiences around the country or the world.
As before, our vendors have supplied recipes that show off their products to the greatest advantage—not just something from one of their box tops, but something new, exciting
or unusually tasty. Please note that each recipe contributed by a vendor has been identified
with that vendor’s corporate name or product branding. Some branded products may not
be sold in your part of the country. In such cases, you should substitute a similar product.
With more than 65,000 copies of Entertaining the Costco Way in people’s hands, as
you can imagine, we have been receiving many new recipes from members. We are
pleased to offer a delectable sampling of these in this new volume. A panel of Costco
employees and other food professionals cooked and tested each of these and has given
them the stamp of approval.
We hope you enjoy this new offering from Costco’s vendors, members, employees and
DAVID W. FULLER
NOTE ON BRANDS
Many of the recipes in this book were submitted by companies that hold copyrights to the
recipes and/or trademark applications/registrations on the brands listed in the recipes. Each of the
companies represented in this book asserts its ownership of the trademarks, applications/registrations and copyrights it holds on its company name, brands or recipes. Trademark, application/regis-tration and copyright symbols have been eliminated from the titles and text of the recipes by the
publishers for design and readability purposes only.