Saturday, May 7, 2011

Ideas for Farmers Market Finds Near You

Cooking Close to Home: A Year of Seasonal Recipes is a collection of over 150 original recipes designed to follow the seasons. Whether you are a home gardener, a farmers' market regular, or a member of a community-supported agriculture program, this cookbook will serve as a seasonal guide to using the foods available in your region. Each recipe includes useful "Harvest Hints" that explain how to find, purchase, prepare, and preserve fresh and seasonal ingredients. Within each chapter you will find information about sustainable food, small family farms, and how to reduce your carbon footprint by buying local foods.
Take a look at some of the recipes.

In the visually stunning yet practical cookbook Eating Local, author Janet Fletcher and the kitchen experts at Sur La Table not only show you how to use more fresh ingredients in your everyday cooking, they also bring you closer to the family farms where the ingredients are grown and to the idealistic people who grow them.

With 150 recipes featuring a wide range of fresh ingredients, Eating Local also highlights 10 community supported agriculture projects around the country. These progressive farms provide inspiration for all who want to cook more wholesome meals using ingredients from their own foodshed.

Who else but Whole Foods Market could create a cookbook so fresh, so appealing, so full of valuable information, and so perfect for the way we are all cooking and eating today? Bursting with winning recipes, healthful cooking advice, cheerful guidance through the new language of natural foods, wine and cheese information, and a comprehensive glossary, this is a “thank goodness it’s here” kind of cookbook.

The world’s largest natural and organic supermarket has created 350 contemporary recipes that are destined to become new classics. Whole Foods Market presents the most popular dishes from their prepared foods section, combined with brand-new recipes that showcase the wide variety of delicious ingredients available today. Far from “crunchy granola” fare, sophisticated recipes include Shrimp and Scallop Chalupas, Hazelnut Crusted Pork Loin, Thai-Style Green Curry Chicken, Griddled Sesame and Garlic Tofu with Wilted Bok Choy, Honey Jalapeño Barbecue Sauce, and Maple Butterscotch Macadamia Blondies. From meat and fish to tofu and vegetables, kid-friendly dishes to one-pot meals, the choices are dazzling, and with more than 200 of the recipes either vegetarian or vegan, the options are diverse.

But the recipes are just the beginning. Steve Petusevsky and Whole Foods Market Team Members shed light on the confusing world of natural foods, presenting interesting, accessible information and all kinds of helpful cooking advice. The Whole Foods Market Cookbook is as welcoming and fun as a trip to one of their stores. Find out the answers to questions such as:
How do I cook quinoa?
What are the different kinds of tofu, and how do I know which to buy?
How should I stock a great natural foods pantry?
What are good alternatives to wheat pasta?
What does “organic” mean?

A glossary with more than 150 definitions provides a great reference for all of the terms and ingredients that have been edging their way into our vocabularies and kitchens. With recipe bonuses, tips from the team, variations, sidebars, and 30 menu suggestions, this is the natural foods guide that so many of us have been waiting for.

Celebrate the seasons with fresh-from-the-farm recipes that will make you feel healthy and happy about the dishes you prepare for your family and friends. Southern Living Farmers Market Cookbook offers recipes-arranged according to season-that make the most of the bounty of fresh ingredients found at local markets, U-Picks, and farm stands. Whether you have your own backyard vegetable patch or pick your produce from the local market, you'll find an abundance of garden-fresh Southern Living recipes that will bring vibrant flavor to the dining table. Four chapters-Spring Recipes, Summer's Bounty, Autumn Harvest, and Winter Storehouse-are filled with a wide variety of dishes ranging from appetizers and beverages to entrées, breads, and desserts. Lime Raspberry Bites, Fresh Corn Cakes, Skillet Grits With Seasoned Vegetables, Black-eyed Pea Cakes, and Sweet Potato Galette are just a sample of the many ways to prepare seasonal produce at the height of freshness. This book is so much more than recipes. A complete chapter walks you through the farmers market experience. You'll almost taste the sweet strawberries of spring, summer's juicy vine-ripened tomatoes, and the pumpkins, potatoes, and apples of fall and winter. A Fresh Produce & Herb Primer provides all the tips you need for selecting the best produce: how to choose the freshest beans and peas, what to look for when buying onions and peppers, and how to pick melons that are at the peak of perfection. You'll also find out how to store and prepare fresh produce.

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