- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 31, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1460910230
- ISBN-13: 978-1460910238
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
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The Farmer's Kitchen: The Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Your CSA and Farmers' Market Foods Paperback – January 31, 2012
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About the Author
Julia Shanks- chef, entrepreneur and multi-engine instrument rated pilot - received her professional training as a chef at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College in Aviation Psychology, and MBA, Magna Cum Laude, from Babson College.
Julia's passion for cooking began when she was 12 - years old, cooking her way through the Time-Life Cookbooks. As a chef, Julia worked in restaurants around the country, developing a taste for fresh, local and seasonal foods.
Today, Julia consults with restaurants, farms and food producers, helping them maximize profits and streamline revenues. in her tiny, urban garden in Cambridge, MA, she harvests vegetables seven months out of the year.
Brett Grohsgal has been the chef in 8 establishments and cooked in seven others, from New England to Louisiana to California and at sea, and over a twenty year period. Brett earned a Bachelor's degree in Botany from Berkeley and a Master's in Soil Science from North Carolina State University. As Brett's passion for cooking great foods evolved he began growing his own produce and in 1996 he and his wife, Dr. Christine Bergmark, bought 100 acres of prime land in Lexington Park, Maryland.
Brett manages Even' Star Organic Farm for reliable harvests and for respectful environmental stewardship. Brett and his treasured crew harvest crops year-round for restaurants, grocery stores, universities, and farmers' markets. The driving force of the farm since 2004, however, has been its CSA, which serves over 200 families in the winter months and 300 families in the summer.
Even' Star remains committed to the ideal that life is too short, and farm life too arduous, to ever grow or eat boring foods.
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Chapter 1: there are good reminders of the importance to eat as many local foods as you can, which obviously means you need to eat in season.
Chapter 2: Produce Descriptions. The list of varieties is not comprehensive, but it's a good intro to unfamiliar foods (for me) of things like kohlrabi, turnips, kale, and okra (besides how it thickens soups). Who knew that Jerusalem Artichoke has iron content high enough to be comparable to that of red meat! ...or, that is has "windy" properties and ways to counteract that "side effect!" Discussion of varieties of familiar foods like tomatoes and apples give examples of how they are best used: e.g., for baking, saucing, or fresh eating.
Chapter 3: Storing Produce. Did you know that it's best to ripen a tomato and then put the ripened tomato into the refrigerator -- or it rots within 48 hrs? The storage life of fruits and veggies is given...great for knowing when to clear out your veggie drawer.
Chapter 4: Key techniques & Definitions of Cooking Terms used in the recipes...
Chapter 5: THE RECIPES!!!! Wow! I can hardly wait...Sugar snap peas with onions, blue cheese, and walnuts; Fried Sage?!; Classic Italian Greens and Garlic Soup; Quinoa with roasted Brussels Sprouts. And that's just a sample of the inventive recipes that have a tang to them.
Index: As a previous reviewer mentioned, the index is part of what makes this book a MUST HAVE: it's arranged by produce item and also has an index by meal course.
I anticipate that this book will be dog-eared and soup splattered within the month...as it is, the one potential downfall of the book is that I'll probably have to break its binding so it lays flat enough for perusing while I cook up some sumptuous meals...perhaps a spiral-bound version would be something to think about in the future?
The Farmer's Kitchen promises to be a mainstay of my kitchen.