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"I wanted to tell the story of where I lived," says Ricky Lauren, who just published "The Hamptons -- Food, Family and History."(Credit: Handout)

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'The Hamptons: Food, Family and History' by Ricky Lauren

When it comes to a summer barbecue, Ralph Lauren, whose elegant runways are studies in beauty, refinement and luxury, loves nothing more than a good hot dog, with mustard and sauerkraut and a juicy kosher pickle served alongside. So reveals Ricky, his wife of 46 years, who, in her new hybrid cookbook-meets-history-meets-family album, "The Hamptons: Food, Family and History" ($40, Wiley), serves up, among other things, a delicious slice of the Lauren family lifestyle in the Hamptons, where they have summered for decades.