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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

About the Author

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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: McBooks Press; 1St Edition edition (October 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590136608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590136607
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just received my copy of "Finger Lakes Feast," and it is wonderful! This beautiful hardcover book, written by Karl Zinsmeister and his daughter Kate Harvey, is so much more than just a cookbook full of recipes; it tells a story, too. It regales the reader with entertaining anecdotes and informative essays about the Finger Lakes region of Upstate NY, and it is sprinkled throughout with Noah Zinsmeister's breathtaking full-color photos--not just of the 110 savory dishes the easy-to-follow recipes will teach you to make, but also of the glorious region of the country for which the book is named.

"Finger Lakes Feast" is aptly titled; it's a true feast for the eyes, as well as the palate. I'm so glad I purchased a copy, and I highly recommend it! It would make an outstanding gift for that special cook (or would-be cook) in your life.
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The Finger Lakes region of New York are a feast for many of the senses. It is beautiful visually. It is stimulating intelectually. It is a great place to live and play. This book also reveals that it is a culinary mecca as well. Great recipes resulting in great taste treats from common ordinary ingredients readily available in any grocery store and probably already in most kitchens. One of the best cookbooks I have read and would recommend it enthusiastcally.
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Beautiful color photographs, easy to understand recipes, and wonderful stories that make you feel good about buying local and cooking with fresh produce! I would highly recommend to any New Yorker or anyone that wants to taste the flavors of the area!
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"Finger Lakes Feast unlocks the delicious mystery and quirky history behind our local foods and flavors. Now everyone will learn what we locals know: our wines and foods are the perfect expression of the beautiful region they come from. They are simple, hardy, and full of life and flavor."
--Amy Dickinson
author of The Mighty Queens of Freeville, NPR contributor, and "Ask Amy" columnist

"Finger Lakes Feast captures the rich flavors of the region beautifully--it's the next best thing to experiencing a Finger Lakes feast for yourself."
--David J. Skorton
President, Cornell University

"Each recipe has the pedigree required for locavore status, and each dish just begs to be paired with a good local wine."
--Michael Turback
restaurateur, author, and pioneer localist

"A delightfully evocative and appetite-whetting exploration of place and pasta, of wine and remembrance, of blueberries and belonging, which adds up to not a cook's tour but an informative and unpretentious master chef's tour of one of the most culturally and culinarily rich regions of America."
--Bill Kauffman
author of Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette
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Not just recipes of locally available fresh food, this cookbook includes who produce the ingredients and the variety of ingredients available.
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I have spent a lot of time in the beautiful, unspoiled Finger Lakes region of western New York State. Over the years many very good wineries have been developed which are well worth visiting, and are mentioned in "Finger Lakes Feast". The summer is a glorious time to visit, with the ripe just picked local peaches, blueberries, corn, melons, and other bounty, which these recipes make good use of.
We have tried several recipes in "Finger Lakes Feast" and have enjoyed them all. It's an interesting mix of local upstate NY tradition, ethnic dishes, and new flavorful recipes.
Good recipes, beautiful photos,
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This book is a feast for the eye and the brain as well as the palate! Mouth watering recipes combine with a fascinating description of the geographical area and its history. The photographs are truly amazing and easily could stand on their own -- except, in truth, they stand even taller and stronger as they are woven amongst the narrative and the recipes. This is a book to delight in every season and may increase travel to upstate New York!
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I gave this book to my son-in-law who worked as a chef in Ithaca. He has since taken a job as a chef in Hilton head sc
I thought it would be some nice memories for him.
I was pleased with the recipes and the photos were wonderful and so was he.
I would give this book again.
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