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The Olive Harvest Cookbook: Olive Oil Lore and Recipes from McEvoy Ranch Hardcover – October 7, 2004

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About the Author

Gerald Gass is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. He worked at Square One in San Francisco and Catahoula in Calistoga, California before becoming chef at McEvoy Ranch. He lives with his family in nearby Sonoma County.

Jacqueline Mallorca is the author, co-author, or editor of many cookbooks. She lives in the Bay Area.

Maren Caruso is a San Francisco-based photographer whose work also appears in The New Complete Coffee Book (0-8118-2867-0).

Joyce Goldstein , chef, author, and teacher, is an acknowledged expert on both Jewish and Mediterranean cooking, as revealed in such books as Enoteca (0-8118-2825-5) and her unprecedented exploration of Jewish cuisine from the diaspora begun in Cucina Ebra
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811841626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811841627
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By small spacer on May 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
First off, the recipes I've made so far were all delicious, clear directions and accurate time estimations.

Three complaints:
1. OK, I get it! The McEvoy Ranch is fabulous. Stop selling "the Ranch" on every page. Very tiresome and ended up feeling like I bought an expensive brochure for . . . you guessed it: the Ranch (and some San Fran area restaurants).

2. No calorie or nutrional information. If you are going to take the opportunity to sell me on your Ranch and your friends' restaurants (on nearly every page), at least pretend you care about the reader and include this useful information. I'm no slave to the calorie counter but after you toil thru the ads and self-congratulating genius of buying the wonderous ranch, can the writers condescend to actually assist the reader? Answer: No.

3. The informational section reads like it was taken out of an encyclopedia. Very sterile and boring, basically, no flavor to the writing.

Bottom line: Yes there are some delicious recipes but don't pay full price for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Written by the executive chef of McEvoy Ranch, a place renowned for its organic extra virgin olive oil, The Olive Harvest is a sumptuous cookbook of recipes that showcase the flavors and delights that can be created with olive oil, or that use olive oil as a garnish. Full color photographs by Maren Caruso and explicit step-by-step instructions walk the amateur to professional chef through the steps of creating such delicacies as Lemon-Tarragon Gazpacho; Warm White Bean Salad; Salt Cod with Potatoes, Leeks, and Saffron; Walnut-Olive Oil Cake, and much more. An appetizing cookbook to simply page through, offering succulent and memorable dishes.
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I love this cookbook. The stories about the McEvoy Ranch are very interesting and there is a lot of information about olives and how they are used and crushed. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous, it makes you want to cook every dish.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Kazmierski on June 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you love the taste of wonderful food and desire the health benefits of true organic olive oil, this book is for you. If you also appreciate beauty, you will relish the sensuous full-color photographs that testify to the remakable people who are making this California dream come true.
Owning this book lets you share in this rich adventure.
Mary Lou Kazmierski, Harbor Springs, MI
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Beth Powanda on December 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As an avid chef and artisan who creates my own decorative olive oil bottles, I am immersed in the olive and olive oil culture and I have to say I expected more from this book considering the McEvoy ranch's reputation. I thought the recipes were uninspired and unoriginal and nothing I hadn't seen somewhere before. Who needs a recipe for mashed potatoes or lemon roasted chicken? If you are looking for more unique fare, I would suggest you check out Mustards Grill by Cindy Pawlcyn. In there you will find recipes for butternut squash and goat cheese risotto and salmon roulade with kalamata olive, orange and celery relish.

Beth Powanda

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