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For Immediate Release

A Tradition of Service
Public Relations Department
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Marietta, GA 30064


Marietta, GA, October 15, 2004 – Marti Giacobe, local real estate agent and cook, breaks out of the traditional shell of sharing recipes one card at a time with her book. “Beans, Bullets, and Canapés – How To Feed A Fighter Pilot And A Few Other Boys And Girls” chronicles a twenty-six year military career, a tour of the country and history in general, all from the front burner of a kitchen stove.

Covering appetizers to desserts with over 200 recipes and 16 pages of full color photos, this book offers a view of growing up in the Midwest and traveling the world with tasty recipes and memorable stories about life as a military wife and working mom.

“I just wanted more stories. The recipes are good too,” pronounced Vicki Lewis, Director of Advertising and Special Events, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Sandy Springs. Evelyn Ratteree, Atlanta Realtor, said, “I was expecting to read a few recipes and drift off to sleep. I stayed awake most of the night and read the book cover to cover.”

Virginia Daily Press columnist, Warner Hessler, offered, “I know she can write. I know she can cook. She’s put it all together in this book. I love it!”

Not just a self-proclaimed homemaker, Marti Giacobe studied Institutional and Restaurant Management at the University of Illinois, while at the same time, she was the part time cook for a fraternity of 42 men and a sorority of 63 women.

While she followed her fighter pilot-husband, Tony, around the world, her passion for good food flourished. After she started her own advertising agency, she appeared as a guest chef on the live television show, “Great Day in the Morning” (KALB-TV, Alexandria, LA). She instructed American cooking lessons for Korean brides of servicemen at Osan Air Base’s “Brides School”.

She has organized food events from bring-your-own potluck to sit-down dinners for 30, roasted whole pigs for her husband’s squadron of 75, and orchestrated a church dinner for 800. Using her vibrant sense of humor she has put together neighborhood “Ready, Set, Cook!” competitions, insisting, “food should be fun”.

“Everyone eats and laughs once in awhile, I just wanted to put it all together.” Marti said. “This is not just a cookbook. I’ve read tons of cookbooks, and most are really boring. I wanted to season it up a little, so there’s a lot of stories all through the book, and some are really funny, about our life in the military.”

“Like the time we were stationed on an Army post, our house was next to the parade field. When our son came to visit, we mentioned that as the new Air Force family on the block, it was our turn to mow it. Just as he was starting the lawn mower, wouldn’t you know it, the big mowing tractors came rumbling by, shattering our little joke.”

Your copy of “Beans, Bullets, and Canapés” is available online at www.beansbullets.com for $16.95, plus tax and shipping, or direct from the author at 770-425-6735.

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