of information gets exchanged in beauty salons. Hairstylists
and their clients talk about all kinds of things: movies,
restaurants, the latest gossip.
cutting and styling someone's hair, Kathie Rothkop likes to
chat about food and trade recipes.Over the years, she accumulated
quite a few. "I had them written on permanent end papers,
magazine covers, tissue paper, bank deposit slips, paper towels,"
she says. "I had 35 in all. I thought, 'Why not get some
more and make a book of favorite recipes from the beauty shop?"
just what she did. Two years later, Rothkop is the proud author
of "Beauty and the Feast," a self-published
collection of recipes from her clients, who contributed favorite
family dishes, everything from apple dopple cake to zucchini
all came from my clients in this chair," she says one
morning before work at Marin Hair Company in San Rafael. "I
ended up with 210 recipes. People went nuts. They loved the
idea." One of the most popular receipes - macaroni with
vodka sauce - came from Rothkop's longtime client Paula Scarpelli
of San Rafael. "Kathie put a lot of work into the book
and did a great job," Scarpelli says. "I bought
one book for myself, one for my daughter and some for the
people at work. Kathie's very creative, and she has a great
"Beauty and the Feast" is more than a cookbook.
It's liberally sprinkled with classic quotes on beauty and
food ("Inner beauty, like good soup, is usually homemade"),
profiles of historical figures with famous hair (Lady Godiva,
Rapunzel, Medusa, the Beatles), obscure facts ("The word
shampoo comes from the Hindu word 'champo,' which means to
massage or to knead"), poems (Amy Lowell's "Food
of Love") and other esoterica ("porosity: the hair's
ability to absorb moisture").
learned so much about my profession while researching this
book," Rothkop says. "For example, in the 17th century,
women's wigs were three to four feet tall. Big hair was in.
And they dressed it with ornamentation. That's where the term
'hairdresser' comes from."
also learned a few things about herself, discovering hidden
talents. With no experience or training in visual arts, she
drew the whimsical cartoon of a woman with food piled on her
head that's on the cover.
I didn't know I could draw, but I drew the cover and some
of the illustrations on the inside," she says. "I
have a new hobby. I'm taking cartooning classes."
A personal, honey-blond woman with a model's good looks and
a ready sense of humor, Rothkop made sure that cartoons and
jokes were main ingredients in her book. "It's totally
silly and everyone loves the humor in it," she says.
of a sponge cake: A dessert made of ingredients
borrowed from the neighbors."
a gourmet: Just a glutton with brains."
"Cooking - For women,
a weapon to catch men by the stomach and watch
it grow with the years."
"The cook was a
good cook as cooks go; and as cooks go, she
"To marry a woman
for her beauty is like buying a house for
The beauty of the heavens is the stars. The
beauty of a woman is her hair."