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Washington Food Artisans: Farm Stories and Chef Recipes Hardcover – April 24, 2012
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"Bloom’s farm-to-table cookbook features chef recipes organized by course, engaging profiles of Northwest food artisans, and breathtaking color photographs... This attractive gift book is filled with details on Washington producers and restaurants. VERDICT These 52 recipes for soups, salads, appetizers, mains, and desserts will appeal most to readers familiar with or located in Washington."
Amid gorgeous photos of produce and local producers, freelance writer Leora Bloom details the stories behind the locally sourced food we love to eat. You’ll find recipes such as Tulio’s goat Brie and tomato jam bruschetta, the Dahlia Lounge’s honey-soy-cured Pacific mackerel and, to top it all off, apricot sorbet from the Parfait ice cream truck.
A book filled with essays about some of our favorite farms, recipes from terrific chefs, and gorgeous photos from Clare Barboza? This is clearly tailor-made for our readers. Leora Bloom tells luxuriously in-depth stories of the folks behind our local food scene...
"...eloquently narrated by Leora Y. Bloom, and featuring lush photography by Clare Barboza. The book profiles chefs, farmers, artisan producers and more, bringing the reader along with her on her journey to find the beating hearts of Washington State’s food culture. Stories of success, hardship, rebuilding and creating join mouthwatering recipes and eye-catching images to present a real sense of the community that makes our state one of the most abundant and versatile culinary meccas in the country. Studded with recipes like Roasted Beet Salad with Port-Lavender Vinaigrette, Sockeye Salmon with Chanterelles and Summer Peppers, and Washington Cherry Gazpacho, the length and breadth of our wonderful state is present in every bite."
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There's great pleasure in meeting Bloom's subjects... Both of these local books belong on international shelves. They deserve to be sent forth into the world as ambassadors, to explain to distant friends and relatives why our land, this inlet on the western coast of the North American continent, is such a fortunate one, endowed with natural riches and populated by folks who don't confuse abundance with moral superiority.
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In some ways Washington Food Artisans is a hyper local and personal fusion of the slow food and locavore social and food movements that so much has been written about. But Ms. Bloom's book goes a step or two further, discussing not only her local Seattle food scene, but actually going out and interviewing many of the people bringing food from the farmer's markets and local restaurants that she habituates. The stories and lives of the people bring home a warm human connection.
There are some key components that elevate this book from others of its ilk. Ms. Bloom is obviously deeply in love with her subjects and is a delightful storyteller; her affection shining through in deftly sketching quick written watercolors of the farmers, chefs, animals and food that make up her tales. And while obviously there are many beautifully illustrated and photographed cookbooks out there, I was taken with the more personal and less staged images here; the photographer Clare Barboza captured the essence of the text in a series of matching muted matte color photos throughout.
This book reminds me of a quiet country hillside; nothing at all remarkable at first blush. But it seems that perhaps a few more people should sit and listen to that same nothing, that we should all drink in the coolness of the grass, feel the wind across our faces and get just a bit more reconnected. If you're looking for a bunch a recipes on the latest food craze you should definitely go elsewhere. But if not, there's a lot to love about that hillside.
The recipes look detailed but simple, and I cannot wait to try them.
Washington State boasts an array of wineries, fisheries, flower farms, fruit farms, vegetable farms, poultry and animal farms, and a self-sustaining natural environment that an informed forager can carefully exploit. This book gives a fresh view of this North West corner of the country. For those of us who are not lucky enough to live there, these stories are like a tour guide to a foreign land, and, for those who do live here, they give inspiration to enjoy the best that America offers.
A food book for every library!
Even if you'll never have the opportunity to eat at Leora's you should buy this book for three reasons. One, Leora is a fantastic story teller. Whether she's describing Donna Westom shooting mushrooms out of trees with her grandson or Hilario Alvarez's decision to farm organically to protect his customer and farm workers, her producer stories are compelling and informative.
Second, the recipes, provided by some of the best Northwest chefs, are delicious. My favorites include Tom Douglas' Yakima Peppers Peperonata with Chanterelles, Washington Cherry Gazpacho from Canlis chef, Jason Franey, and Chef Mark Fuller's Dinah's Cheese with Caraway Onions.
Finally, the pictures are gorgeous. Even if this book never makes it off the coffee table (a shame, in my opinion), it will inform and delight.
Buy it,read it,use the recpies and give it to you friends as a gift-all actions will bring much joy
Well done Ms Bloom-and thank you
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written, meant as a coffee table book but it has some really nice recipes.Published 16 months ago by B. Brant
Such a beautiful book to look through - the photos are gorgeous! And the recipes REALLY work! Delicious and unique stuff that is well within the talents of beginners - but has... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Steve Rosen
I love this book and have made most of the recipes in it, which is unheard of for me. The recipes are flawless and I swear this book has made me a better cook. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by robin
bought two as gifts - both families enjoyed the book. Our friend did the photographs and the recipes are easy and healthy.Published on February 19, 2013 by Connie Wolf
Washington Food Artisans: Farm Stories and Chef RecipesI love this book! It's filled with wonderful stories about super passionate people and their love for their farms, livestock,... Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by Pamela
I chose this book because I live here. It has beautiful photos, stories, and recipes from the local area. I would it to everyone.Published on January 7, 2013 by Dawn Moran
Bought the book for my son, who was thrilled to get it. He is a foodie as well as photographer of several books, one of which was about food grown in the central area of... Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Charlene Squire
4.5 stars Wonderful stories of the folks who toil to ensure fresh, health ingredients are available for our tables. Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by Heidi G
This is a beautiful collection of artistic photos, inspirational / informative biographies and wonderful recipes all centered around people who dedicate their lives to producing... Read morePublished on May 12, 2012 by seattlejohn