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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Agate Midway; 1St Edition edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157284129X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572841291
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR ANNA BLESSING'S LOCALLY GROWN:

"Part cookbook, part storybook, it's an irresistible collection of feel-good anecdotes, vivid photographs, and recipes from both chefs and farmers." —Carly Boers, Chicago magazine

"An inspirational glimpse into one vibrant area of the local food movement." —Kirkus Reviews

"[Locally Grown] spotlights entrepreneurial sustainable farmers in the Midwest and the Chicago chefs who use their ingredients.... Each farmer's story is accompanied by anecdotes from well-known Chicago chefs, including Paul Kahan and Stephanie Izard, who describe how relationships with these growers are central to the success of their own small businesses." —Judith Nemes, Crain's Chicago Business

"We love supporting the local movement, and this book has us craving a road trip to see the process firsthand." —PureWow

"A truly engaging look at [the] Midwestern farm." —Amy Azzarito, Design*Sponge

"Author Anna Blessing, a freelance writer from Chicago, found [organic farmer Jude] Becker—and 19 other independent farmers—by talking to Chicago-area chefs who use organic and local products.... [Becker] agreed to be part of the book, he said, because, 'it is important for people to understand the cycle of farm to table and how committed farms, chefs and eaters need to be to make the cycle sustainable for all, and I think Anna can show this in her book.'" —Jennifer Miller, Des Moines Register

“åAnyone who enjoys farming stories, cooking, animals, and locally grown food will treasure this book. It’s well done, interesting, and beautiful." —Margo Dill, News-Gazette, Champaign, IL

"Anna Blessing’s reverent new book, Locally Grown, explores Midwest farms and the people who run them, providing rich history, photographs, and seasonal recipes. Chef specialties are nice (they’re in the book, too), but we love Blessing’s inclusion of farmers’ family dishes." —Daily Candy Chicago blog

"The local foods movement has captured the attention, and the imagination, of many of the chefs among us.... In her new book, Locally Grown, Blessing set out to find out what makes midwestern farms and Chicago chefs such a good fit." —Mitch Teich, Lake Effect, WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio

"With the popularity of farmers markets in this region, the interest of consumers in locally grown food is becoming more and more apparent.... I was struck by [Blessing's] references to agriculture not only as a science, as we've always known, but also as an art." —Spectrum West, WPR Wisconsin Public Radio

About the Author

Anna H. Blessing researched, wrote, and photographed 14 editions of the eat.shop book series in addition to being a regular contributor to many other print and online publications, including Lucky, for which she was Chicago editor for six years. She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie L Campbell on August 2, 2012
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When I first received Locally Grown, I was initially struck by how well organized the book is. Each chapter focuses on a different farm, and then explores the farmers' practices, products and the restaurants and markets that they sell to. Anna Blessing has really exposed the deep connections between the farmers, their food and the chefs that cook with it. Reading about the enthusiasm that the farmers and chefs have for locally grown food, will make you run out to your local farmers markets to taste the difference in quality that their hard work and passion ensures. Each chapter also features recipes from both the farmers and the chefs, using the farm's ingredients. I have already tried several of the recipes and am VERY pleased with them (which isn't always the case with other books that focus on farming and include recipes). The recipes for 'Seared Alaskan Salmon with Green Goddess Dressing' and 'Henry's Leeks, French Fingerling Potatoes and Warm Soft-Boiled Eggs' were both delicious. The soft-boiled egg recipes has a new technique to make the eggs in advance; they maintained a perfect shape that I have never before achieved. Other recipes are appealing and I look forward to trying them in the fall: e.g. heirloom luxury pie pumpkin soup & stovetop cornbread. It's pretty cool to have a book with beautiful photos of baby chicks and pigs and still want to follow the recipes for fried chicken and brined pork. The book really gives a face and heart to how our food can be raised and does it with great writing, charming photography and delicious recipes. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a curiosity for deeper insights into locally grown food.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexa on July 21, 2012
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Anna's ideas and creativity always live to their potential and this book is a brilliant account of her innovative thinking. The hard work of these farmers is graciously exposed in writing and complimented with delicious, fresh recipes and lovely photographs taken by Anna herself. Locally Grown was extremely promising right from the beginning! Brava!
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By S. Kovach on March 7, 2013
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This was a really refreshing book and interesting to see how farmers grow their crops and the beautiful, expansive landscapes.
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Beautiful pictures and inspiring stories about how we can make a difference in our food supply. From seed to fork, this book highlights some of the amazing positive changes real people are taking to improve our relationship to what we eat.
Well done Ms. Blessing!
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