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Great recipes and luscious photos

  • Jul 27, 2010
Formerly of Chez Panisse, food writer Fletcher builds her cookbook around the CSA - community sustainable agriculture - model, in which locals buy shares in a farm, providing income to the farmer and fresh food for themselves. Fletcher profiles 10 farms, from 75 to 1500 members, from Oregon to Massachusetts.

Illustrated with enticing photographs of the produce, people, places and dishes, the book is divided into three sections - Vegetables, Fruits, and Meat, Poultry and Eggs. Vegetables, organized alphabetically, get the bulk of the attention, from Grilled Asparagus with Citrus Oil to Lebanese Pickled Turnips. Fletcher includes classics like dilly beans, braised Romano beans, and pickled okra, and lots of contemporary fare, like Green Garlic Soufflé and Grilled Radicchio with Bagna Cauda and Greek Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes and Grilled Pita Chips.

Fruit dishes include Mixed Citrus Compote with Pomegranate Seeds, Peach and Boysenberry Cobbler, and Baby Greens with Grilled Figs, Blue Cheese and Walnuts. Grilled Five-Spice Chicken, Lamb Burgers with Grilled Red Onions and Feta or Grilled Sausages with Baby Turnips and Turnip Greens round out the meal.

Innovative, mouth watering and fresh, this will furnish plenty of ideas for all that summer produce.

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November 08, 2010
My newest addiction is cooking with farm fresh ingredients. My wannabe chef's brain goes a little nuts when I'm there so I bet it would help to have this book on my side! Thanks so much for sharing :)
August 08, 2010
This book sounds right up my alley! I'm a tad bit obsessed with all things Alice Walters-related. My friends and I actually make it a point to try all restaurants run or owned by Chez Panisse alum, so I'll definitely have to check out this book. Thanks for sharing, Lynn!
August 09, 2010
Lucky you! Lynn
August 09, 2010
I don't where you live, but if you're ever in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can do the same! I'm sure there are Chez Panisse alum-run places in many other states and even countries, too :)
August 10, 2010
I'm in Maine and have NEVER been to Frisco, can you believe it? I hope to remedy that someday...until then, there are cookbooks.
August 08, 2010
This looks like something I would definitely love, thanks for the review Lynn! You should also check out the Green Living community, I think you would feel right at home there. You may also enjoy @Jenniferjax's review of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. :)
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"Like most Sur La Table books, it's a feast for the eyes: lushly photographed, and somehow both elegant and earthy. Fortunately, Eating Local cooks as good as it looks." --NPR

"This newest collection from Sur La Table (The Art and Soul of Baking; Things Cooks Love) is perfect for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscribers and farmers' market fans looking for ideas on how to use their produce. James Beard Award-winning food writer Fletcher profiles ten American farms with CSA programs. Since the book focuses on fresh, seasonal produce, recipes are organized by primary ingredient rather than course." --Library Journal

"James Beard Award-winning writer Janet Fletcher is garnering considerable buzz for her newest cookbook, "Eating Local: The Cookbook Inspired by America's Farmers", with its glorious photographs and 150 tempting recipes. Stories and images from 10 small family farms are interspersed among recipes" --Mercury News
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ISBN-10: 0740791443
ISBN-13: 978-0740791444
Author: Sur La Table
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
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