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Outstanding in the Field: A Farm to Table Cookbook Hardcover – Large Print, June 3, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1ST edition (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307381994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307381996
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JIM DENEVAN, a chef and renowned land artist, is the founder of Outstanding in the Field, an organization that sets up outdoor dinners wherever food is grown. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.

MARAH STETS is a food writer and editor. She lives near Washington, D.C., with her husband and their three children.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Wenslow on June 7, 2008
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Many years ago, I ran across an amazing artist who does fantastic land pieces. I loved everything about his work... the scope, the method, the impermanence.

What I didn't know at the time, but have since learned, is that Jim is also a chef. He was the chef at Gabriella Café (Santa Cruz) who instituted Farmer Dinners. He would invite local farmers, foragers, and artisanal producers in and create special dinners from their products. The producers would dine along with the paying guests, thus allowing each end of the chain - the farm and the table - to interact with the other, the net result being that the diners gained a greater appreciation of where food comes from, and the producers had a new understanding and involvement with how their food is used creatively to nourish and nurture the final consumer.

What a great concept!

But, as Jim says, "It dawned on me that while Farmer Dinners were good, Farm Dinners would be better." And so began, in 1999, what has turned into a passionate undertaking: the roving Farm Dinners put on by Jim's organization, "Outstanding in the Field."

This book is a series of snapshots of that journey, told through beautiful photographs and delicious-sounding recipes created for those dinners, with a nice mix of story told in Jim's engaging conversational style.

Each recipe includes a small prefacing note, sometimes about a particular dinner where it was made, and sometimes just about the recipe itself. Just glancing through it last night, I have already found several things I can't wait to try, and specifically purchased ingredients for them at this morning's Farmers' Market.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jg120 on August 25, 2010
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This book is absolutely beautiful. Lots of pictures and wonderful recipes. The recipes vary from incredibly simple, to rather difficult. I have zero cooking experience and was still able to successfully make all of the recipes in the book I wanted to. I would 100% recommend this book to anyone interested in good, organic, local food!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Werthman on December 17, 2013
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this is a great little inexpensive recipe book. beautiful pictures and great recipes. it's a great addition to anyone's kitchen.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Condon on July 9, 2008
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How many more cookbooks does one need? Just one more--this one.

Many of us became familiar with Jim through the program "Sunday Morning" or the food channel. Yet, there is a precious few of us have had the opportunity to experience Jim's passion for food and sustainable farms. Recently, I had the opportunity to experience an "Outstanding in the Field" dinner.

Jim didn't prepare this particular dinner, yet, he was responsible for the sight, set-up, and involving the farmers, cheese makers, fishermen that created a dinner that was beyond approach. Jim knows good food and his cookbook is truly a delight for the senses.
Kathy Condon, Executive Coach, Speaker and Author of the book "It Doesn't Hurt to Ask: It is all about communication."
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