Eating Local: The Cookbook Inspired by America’s Farmers

Eating Local: The Cookbook Inspired by America’s Farmers

The Book:

Brought to us by Sur La Table and Janet Fletcher, Eating Local provides simple yet tasty recipes to showcase your locally grown produce.  Amongst the tantalizing recipes, the book features 10 farms that participate in community supported agriculture.  This is a fantastic addition to any cookbook collection.

Recipes:

With over 150 recipes, the book is geared for the everyday kitchen and are not laden with hard to find ingredients.  Though I found many recipes, here are a few that I plan to highlight in my kitchen over the next few months:

Carrot – Zucchini Bread with Candied Ginger
Golden Beet and Blood Orange Salad
Brussels Sprouts with Caraway and Lemon Zest
Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Tahini Sauce
Tuscan Kale with Pine Nuts and Golden Raisons
Summer Squash Carpaccio with Arugula, Pecorino, and Almonds
Pita Sandwich with Grilled Zucchini and Red Pepper Hummus
Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm Ketchup
Warm Cornmeal Shortcake with Farm Stand Berries
Fresh Fig and Lemon Preserves
Grilled Eggplant Cannelloni with Ricotta and Prosciutto
Grilled Sausages with Baby Turnips and Turnip Greens

Pictures:

The pictures are AWESOME!  The book features many pictures of fresh produce and the featured farms which provide loads of inspiration to get fresh local produce into your skillet.

Organization:

I like that the recipes are organized by main ingredient.  Since many fruits and vegetables cross seasons, this set up makes it easy to find all of the beet recipes in one wop.  This is especially useful when you get your local CSA or produce box and it contains 6 lbs of them!  Who wants beet salad all week when you can open up Eating Local and sample a few of their recipes?

Extras:

Your Urban Homestead – Tips on how to plant your own garden with resources to get you started.

An Urban Barnyard – Yes, I said that right!  The book provides tips on raising your own small animals for eggs and meat.

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