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Terra to Table
cookbook reviews terra to table
January 2009
Small market gardens and “veggies patches”, have been in existence for thousands of years. These were originally borne as a nutritional necessity but nowadays, with the food lover’s passion for fresh, seasonal and local foods becoming even greater, a back yard could have never tasted better, and, if you haven’t made it out there yet, here’s four great books that will make you want to get your hands dirty!

Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life
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Well he may dress a wee bit silly but there is nothing silly about his latest book - Jamie at Home. Jamie at Home accompanies J.O’s latest T.V show. And once you have thumbed thru the four hundred and something pages of photographs, recipes and writings you’re going to want to pull on your boots, grab a shovel and get in the garden. Jamie describes the book as “close to his heart, all about no-nonsense, simple cooking with great flavors all year round”, and I describe it as a great addition to my Jamie Olive library. (check out a recipe)

In Season: Cooking with Vegetables and Fruits
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Here Sarah Raven, a leading proponent of the local foods movement, shows how to make the most of fresh produce, whether from your own garden, your local farmers’ market or the grocery. Taking us through the year in six seasonal chunks of two months each, she highlights the best vegetables, fruits, and herbs from each period, throwing in tidbits she’s learned firsthand from her own garden. The more than 250 simple and delicious recipes borrow from different cuisines and include such inventive dishes as Cranberry Bean Hummus; Squid, Pea, and Chorizo Stew; Basil Custard; Zucchini Chutney; Saute of Peas and Lettuce; Penne with Preserved Lemon and Avocado; and Pears Poached in Saffron Syrup. While some recipes are ideal for vegetarians, there are many designed to bring out the best in meat, poultry, and seafood. In Season will inspire a new appreciation of fresh produce and will be an indispensable addition to every serious cook’s shelves.

Chefs On the Farm
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With the rising interest in organic and locally grown food, there is also an increasing interest in connecting the farm to the table. Chefs on the Farm describes the seasonal workings of Quillisascut Goat Cheese Farm, a small, family-run business in northeastern Washington state. There, owners Lora Lea and Rick Misterly started a "Farm School for the Domestic Arts" where every summer, professional chefs, culinary students, food writers, and others live and work on the farm. Cooking only with ingredients they find on the farm, students learn to be connected to the food they work with.

Come to the Table
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Come to the Table brings you straight to the source of wonderful flavors, beauty, abundance, and pride of place—the small farms of California and the people who tend them season after season.

Alice Waters, the celebrated chef and food activist, introduces a remarkable group of resilient fresh-food artisans who are committed to keeping our food supply delicious, diverse, and safe—for humans and the planet.

Meet the folks down on the farm and learn firsthand about the back-to-the-future small-farm economy that’s gaining strength across America.

Discover new tastes and memorable traditions. Explore local flavors, wit, and wisdom along with the universal values of a food system that is "good, clean, and fair." Recreate a range of sumptuous yet simple meals with the farmers’ own family recipes—including breakfast crostata and fresh-fruit jams, stuffed artichokes and black-eyed peas, chile relleno casseroles, pulled pork, and cheesecake. Sustainable food is real food.

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