Finger Lakes Feast is...a "storytelling cookbook," the story being the evolution of upstate New York as a culinary destination, with some history lessons woven in.... The Finger Lakes has it all.... Zinsmeister's storytelling is part travel guide...with some unusual and arresting detours, such as a two-page spread about the Oneida Community, a utopian experiment that peaked in the 1870s.... Stories, recipes, and pictures comprise an interesting array of ingredients for a cookbook touting local flavors and an up-and-coming epicurean destination.
--Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
"More than just a collection of recipes, "Finger Lakes Feast" is also a piece of reporting -- the story of a real food revolution now coming to fruition.... the quality of its fresh local food, its regional wine, and its contributions to American gastronomy ranging from Greek yogurt to great fruits and vegetables, from Wegmans groceries to Riesling to artisan oils.... "The Finger Lakes spirit is to make good eating casual, simple, unintimidating and relatively inexpensive".... "It's an enormously fun place to explore the craft of food." --Skaneateles Press
"Long renowned for its scenic beauty, New York's Finger Lakes region has recently become known as a food destination as well. Thanks to the farms and wineries in the area, an ever-growing number of high-quality restaurants are offering many styles of food.... Finger Lakes Feast offers highlights of the area's cuisine in five categories--breakfasts, soups & appetizers, main dishes, salads & side dishes, and sweets--and includes tips on how to find the best comestibles, from apples to yogurt, as well as the contributing restaurants." --Cornell Alumni Magazine
"The Finger Lakes region deserves to join the Hudson Valley, Long Island and Brooklyn on the list of New York locales known for their cuisine. Kate Harvey and Karl Zinsmeister make that case in the beautifully photographed Finger Lakes Feast, highlighting the area's flours and grains, seed oils, cheeses, meats, game, honey and maple syrup, and, of course, its rieslings in recipes from local restaurants.... There are also traditional Syracuse salt potatoes; marinated skewers called spiedies; and a first-rate pear bread that's more poundcake than bread." --New York Times 1/23/13
Kate Harvey is a serious cook, a writer, and a classical pianist living in New York City. Karl Zinsmeister is a journalist and creator of many books, one PBS film, and a comic book. Photographer Noah Zinsmeister is a student at Columbia University, and a sixth-generation resident of the Finger Lakes Region—as is Kate, his sister. Karl is their father.
Excellent well written book. Captures the flavor of the Finger Lakes. Great gift item.Published 19 days ago by Joe173
Great resource for products in the region, and interesting stories, facts, and trivia. The only thing I don't like about the book is that none of the photos are labeled.Published on May 24, 2013 by Terry L. Mullen
I just glanced through the book and it looks very interesting. The photography is beautiful and there are quite a few recipes. Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Eleanor Gehrung
This is a great source for stories, recipes and resources from the Central New York region. I have tried a couple of the recipes and they are delicious! Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Terry
Nice book for foodie finger lakes lovers. Many helpful recipes and suggestions on restaurants, etc. Filled with excellent photographs, none of which have captions. Read morePublished on February 14, 2013 by Calvino
Interesting recipes and beautiful pictures of the area
bought it as a gift but tried some recipes before I wrapped it!
This is a nice little cookbook with lots of local lore. It is perfect for anyone from the Finger Lakes region of NYPublished on January 25, 2013 by sawmil9103
A beautiful book both the photography and the recipes. Spend some time near the Finger Lakes and take this book with me when exploring the region.Published on January 22, 2013 by Mickeylangs