Local Flavors

Local Flavors

Cooking and Eating From America's Farmers' Markets

Book - 2002
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First published in hardcover in 2002, Local Flavors was a book ahead of its time. Now, imported food scares and a countrywide infatuation with fresh, local, organic produce has caught up with this groundbreaking cookbook, available for the first time in paperback.

Deborah Madison celebrates the glories of the farmers' markets of America in a richly illustrated collection of seasonal recipes for a profusion of produce grown coast to coast. As more and more people shun industrially produced foods and instead choose to go local and organic, this is the ideal cookbook to capitalize on a major and growing trend.

Local Flavors emphasizes seasonal, regional ingredients found in farmers' markets and roadside farm stands and awakens the reader to the real joy of making a direct connection with the food we eat and the person who grows it. Deborah Madison's 350 full-flavored recipes and accompanying menus include dishes as diverse as Pea and Spinach Soup with Coconut Milk; Rustic Onion Tart with Walnuts; Risotto with Sorrel; Mustard Greens Braised with Ginger, Cilantro, and Rice; Poached Chicken with Leeks and Salsa Verde; Soy Glazed Sweet Potatoes; Cherry Apricot Crisp; and Plum Kuchen with Crushed Walnut Topping.

Covering markets around the country from Vermont to Hawaii, Deborah Madison reveals the astonishing range of produce and other foods available and the sheer pleasure of shopping for them. A celebration of farmers and their bounty, Local Flavors is a must-have cookbook for anyone who loves fresh, seasonal food simply and imaginatively prepared.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767929493
Branch Call Number: 641.5 M182
641.5 Madison
Characteristics: xxiii, 408 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm


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Jan 15, 2011

I adore this book. I'm not sure why it doesn't have a full five star rating. The photos are excellent (although I wish there were more), the writing style is easy to read and makes me feel like Deborah is sitting in my living room telling stories, and (most importantly) I didn't even notice until halfway through the recipes that I hadn't seen a recipe that included meat! This is not a vegetarian cookbook though... there are meat-focused and meat-added recipes later as I would later learn. But still... the book does exactly as it claims by providing excellent recipes centered around farmer's market produce finds. It makes those farmer's market gems the fixture of the dish. I wish we all ate like this more and would put the Campbell's Soup Mix back on the shelve every now and then. I only wish there were calorie or nutrion info at the end of each recipe. I'm anxious get cooking now... and I'm giddy for Spring and my Farmer's Market!


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