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Hudson Valley Mediterranean: The Gigi Good Food Cookbook Hardcover – August 18, 2009
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“a collection of about 150 recipes with a distinct voice—one of balanced eating, locally sourced foods and fuss-free, straightforward dishes that showcase seasonal ingredients, like the candy-like sweetness of a rustic onion tart in autumn.” (Albany Times Union)
Honorable Mention, Publishers Weekly Best Food Books of 2009 (Publishers Weekly)
From the Back Cover
A renowned chef and nutritionist has the recipe for delectable meals with a healthy Mediterranean focus, featuring more than 100 recipes for flavorful, seasonal local food
Hailed as the Napa Valley of the East, New York's Hudson Valley has become a major hub for local foods and agriculture—and Laura Pensiero's acclaimed restaurants are at the center of it all. Customers from near and far flock to Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck (named one of Hudson Valley's best restaurants in Hudson Valley Magazine) and Gigi Market and Catering in Red Hook to dine on Laura's interpretations of traditional Italian dishes that highlight the bounty of the farms, gardens, and artisans of the Valley.
A celebration of the food of the Hudson Valley and the people who grow and produce it, Hudson Valley Mediterranean shows how to use seasonal ingredients to create delectable, nourishing meals. Here are more than 100 easy-to-prepare and cost-effective recipes made with the best ingredients and a touch of Mediterranean flair, including:
Gigi Potato Gnocchi with Northwind Farm Chicken and Pea Ragu
Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower and Chard
Fava Bean and Fregola Salad
Spring (and Every Other Season) Lasagna
Seared Salmon over Spring Trifolati
Mr. Mink's Panzanella Salad with fresh herbs
Strawberry Mascarpone Tart
This local and seasonal food movement is happening throughout the country, and Pensiero invites everyone to bring these foods into their own kitchens and communities using regional resources—because cooking with fresh food harvested nearby brings pleasure to eating and connects people to their family, friends, and community.
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Top Customer Reviews
She plans to market her pizza dough as a trademarked product, hence the secrecy. Perhaps she plans to do the same with her "Gigi Meatballs", because she references them without giving a recipe for them either. Perhaps the book is meant to whet our appetite for her line of food products, but when I buy a recipe book I want actual recipes! Talk about stingy and proprietary. Don't waste your money!!!!!
Th pea soup is wonderful and we were thrown back to our vacation in Tuscany when we had the gnocchi with ragu. It was BEYOND exceptional. Simple, beautiful flavors with wonderful ingredients. This is how we all should cook. Your family will love it. Its also conveniently organized by season so you can buy the freshest ingredients and make these dishes during each season which is nothing short of genius.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lovely cook book for those of us in the area! Great recipes by the season and with health tips, alternatives, etc. Read morePublished 9 months ago by F Carendi
Love this book. Her salads are unique and delicious, particularly the Gigi Barbina salad (roasted vegetables) with the Gigi Sherry-shallot vinaigrette. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Shoe Shopper
Lovely cookbook organized by the seasons and reflecting the style and farms of the Hudson Valley.Published 21 months ago by Linda Whittle
I know the restaurant "Gigi" in Rhinebeck NY, & love the food & ambience. I've tried several of the recipes in this book & so far, they've been very successful & guests... Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by A. Andre-Weingarten