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Ralph Lauren is all about a good hot dog for a summer barbecue, but Ricky takes on more challenging fare, like this open-faced salmon sandwich.

'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.

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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."

A 1975 Lauren family photo shot in East
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A 1975 Lauren family photo shot in East Hampton, with Ralph and Ricky and their children, from left, David, Andrew and Dylan.

A breakfast setting from Ricky Lauren's
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A breakfast setting from Ricky Lauren's "The Hamptons: Food, Family and History." The book is full of that classic, clean, Americana style that Ralph Lauren and clan have come to symbolize.

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Ralph Lauren is all about a good hot
(Credit: Ann Stratton)

Ralph Lauren is all about a good hot dog for a summer barbecue, but Ricky takes on more challenging fare, like this open-faced salmon sandwich.

(Credit: Handout)

"I wanted to tell the story of where I lived," says Ricky Lauren, who recently published "The Hamptons -- Food, Family and History."

The new book includes tips for entertaining in
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The new book includes tips for entertaining in what Lauren describes as "a Mecca of creativity only 90 miles away from New York City." (May, 2012)

Lauren says she's honored that her husband named
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Lauren says she's honored that her husband named a handbag--the Ricky bag--for her. You can have one, too, but be prepared to pay. This version, in alligator, is more than $20,000. (May 2012)

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