Local man publishes cookbook

n Rockford’s L. Bean ‘Tiny’ Taylor draws from his years of cooking experience to create a diverse list of recipes

From press release

Tiny Taylor (actual name L. Bean Taylor) of Rockford has published a cookbook of family recipes called From Tiny’s Kitchen.

He has plenty of experience to draw from beginning at age 10 or 11, when he would start his family’s Sunday dinner. As a high school freshman in Sesser, Ill., Taylor was a cook at a mom and pop restaurant on weekends and after school. In 1944, he joined the Army and during basic training, instead of KP, he helped the cooks in the kitchen. After the Army hitch ended, he started collecting recipes of all kinds, using many of them in his own restaurant in Christopher, Ill.

Taylor moved to Rockford in 1955 and for a while ran Dorothy’s Restaurant on Auburn Street and Day Avenue. He worked a couple weeks at Auburn Bowl and ran the grill while the owner was on vacation. In 1982, Taylor moved to Mesa, Ariz., while still collecting recipes of all kinds. He retired and moved back to Illinois in 1998.

After moving into the Skyrise Apartments, he helped with breakfast on Saturday mornings. He met Elaine Zander Gilbert, who introduced him to Robin Zander, lead singer of Cheap Trick, and his wife, Pam. “We started talking about cooking, and Robin asked me if I would send him some recipes,” said Taylor. “I wrote a few and sent them.”

Taylor decided to write a cookbook called From Tiny’s Kitchen. “I dedicated it to Robin, Pam and Elaine Zander,” said Taylor. “I composed it and sent it to Cindi Egbert, my granddaughter, who lives in Goose Creek, S.C. She edited it and created the artwork and submitted it to Booksurge, her employer, who published it.”

The book is available on the following Web sites: amazon.com, alibbris.com. It is also available at many bookstores.

From the June 8-14, 2005, issue

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