Another winner from cookbook author Deborah Madison. Winner of the 2003 James Beard award for General/Cooking Cooking for Everyday category, Local Flavors—Cooking and Eating from America’s Farmers’ Markets really brings the market home. This is simple, straightforward, unpretentious writing and cooking by someone who not only cares about what we eat, but also about local farmers. Madison goes behind the scenes to speak with farmers and producers to bring fresh ideas, inventive recipes, and some great information on America’s best farmers’ markets.
She covers all the seasons with some really terrific menu ideas and recipes to last the year-round. Madison is essentially a home cook, not a chef, so all of her recipes make sense and work for busy families. While her recipes are mostly produce-oriented, “because that’s the food I love most to cook”, her interest is in all foods, how they are grown, raised and produced, including animals. So, as markets are including organic poultry and chicken, here too you’ll find some delicious ways to prepare them alongside your bounty of vegetables. Eggs, cheeses, dried fruits, oils, and vinegars also find their way in nicely, and leave you with enough ideas till fill your kitchen until the farmers’ market in your community opens next spring. And, when our baskets are definitely bigger than our crispers, her Platter Salad’s offer up ways to use all of the market’s bounty.
Some of the recipes we will definitely try include, Roast Chicken with Herbs Under the Skin, Fried Eggs with Sizzling Vinegar and Warm Ricotta Custard, and Peach Shortcake on Ginger Biscuits.
“Deborah Madison’s Local Flavors is a seductively beautiful and important book. It teaches us how farmers’ markets can revolutionize the way we eat and live”—Alice Waters
Categories - Regional, International, Vegetarian, Vegetable