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Finger Lakes Feast: 110 Delicious Recipes from New York's Hotspot for Wholesome Local Foods Hardcover


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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 (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

Karl Zinsmeister is the author of several books -- most recently an examination of charter schools (From Promising to Proven), and before that a storytelling cookbook (Finger Lakes Feast) that he created with his co-author daughter and photographer son, chronicling one of America's new hotspots for great local food. He has also recently completed a memoir for future publication.

His previous books included the first book of Iraq war reporting to be published by an embedded reporter (Boots on the Ground), the first book of embedded reporting on the U.S. counterinsurgency effort (Dawn Over Baghdad), a Marvel non-fiction comic book, a book of essays on everyday living, and a book on world population. He has also written for national publications like the Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, the New York Times, and The Atlantic. He and his wife produced a feature documentary film entitled Warriors that aired nationally on PBS in 2007, with major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

For nearly 13 years Zinsmeister was editor-in-chief of The American Enterprise, a national magazine of politics, business, and culture based in Washington, D.C. Author and former Cabinet Secretary William Bennett called it "one of America's finest magazines.... intellectually interesting, well-written, lively, wide-ranging, and above all useful."


From 2006 to 2009 Zinsmeister served in the West Wing as President George W. Bush's chief domestic policy adviser. Earlier in his career he was an assistant to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. He has testified before Congressional committees and Presidential commissions. He holds the highest U.S. security clearance.


A graduate of Yale University, Zinsmeister did further studies at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. During college he won rowing championships in both the U.S. and Ireland.

He has appeared often on a wide variety of national television and radio programs. He has lived, worked, or traveled in 40 countries, and nearly every U.S. state.

Zinsmeister is married and has three children. An avid biker, photographer, outdoorsman, and renovator of old houses, he currently lives on a houseboat in Washington, D.C.

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It is beautiful visually.
Bill R
"Finger Lakes Feast" is aptly titled; it's a true feast for the eyes, as well as the palate.
TJ
I have tried a couple of the recipes and they are delicious!
Terry

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TJ on December 16, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mlp on December 30, 2012
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With a few extra copies set aside, I have a gift for various occasions. I've tried some of the recipes and they are great, and the photography and presentation are lovely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hilda Meyer on December 29, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By retired storyteller on December 28, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill R on December 27, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexander G. Skutt on December 17, 2012
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Praise for Finger Lakes Feast--

"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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry L. Mullen on May 24, 2013
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By constance pond on December 9, 2012
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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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