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
About the Author
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.