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Harvest to Heat: Cooking with America's Best Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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Chosen as one of the Six Great Finds for Your Kitchen, "Chefs teamed with farmers, fishermen and others to create recipes celebrating the biggest trend in food right now -- high-quality ingredients fresh from the farm." --Parade Magazine
Chosen as one of the Five Top Fall Cookbooks. "More than a cookbook, "Harvest to Heat: Cooking with America's Best Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans" provides an inside look at the relationships between farmers and chefs. Each recipe pairs one of the nation's top chefs (including Southern culinary stars John Besh, Frank Stitt, and Sean Brock) with a pioneering local farmer or artisan. Mouthwatering recipes, culinary clout, and sublime photography make this cookbook a worthy addition to your library." --Garden & Gun magazine"One of the most compelling cookbooks of the year... In addition to recipes, Estrine and Kochendorfer include profiles of the featured farmers and artisans so you can get to know them and their stories the way their partner-chefs do. "Harvest to Heat" is also stunning. The food photography is casual and rustic--a bit like a farm dinner. But, I'm hooked on the snapshots from Estrine and Kochendorfer's cross-country farm and restaurant tour, which spotlight the people, places, animals, and ingredients that helped create the book. And, if you're inspired to visit these farms and restaurants (a not unlikely possibility), "Harvest to Heat" includes addresses, phone numbers, and web sites for all of them.
"One of the fall's most beautiful cookbooks."--Julia Reed, Newsweek
"At all of my restaurants, we strive to shorten the time and distance any ingredient spends from the soil, water, or air to the plate. This notion is exactly what Harvest to Heat celebrates--eating local, artisanal products made from farmers who have been doing what they do--perfectly--their whole lives."
--Mario Batali, Chef/Author
"Harvest to Heat attests to the often-forgotten fact that no matter our styles of cooking, be
About the Author
The work of photographer Darryl Estrine has appeared in a variety of national magazines over the last 25 years. He adds writer to his credits with "Harvest to Heat." He lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife Laura and their daughter Billie. Kelly Kochendorfer was the original test kitchen director for "Saveur" magazine, a contributing editor to the James Beard award-nominated book "Culinaria: USA," and developed and styled recipes for many magazines and books, including "Martha Stewart Living" and "The New York Times T-Living Magazine." Kelly lives in New York.
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Here's my take on this remarkable cookbook:
1. Packed with beautiful photos, this is a book to savor. Blessings on the editor who actually titled the dishes in the photos.
2. For the most part, ingredients are familiar. It's how they are assembled that makes them fresh and enticing. Many of the salads can be assembled from fresh greens and other veggies in your garden, but there's always a twist that offers delightful new flavors.
3. A number of ingredients are new to me. For example, tomato jam (and, yes, it's a real jam with sugars. Or how about preserved lemon? Never heard of that before but it sounds wonderful.
4. I loved the cameos of farmers and chefs. They added that little something extra to an already extraordinary presentation.
Honestly, I found nothing wrong with this cookbook -- except after the last page, I wanted still more, more recipes, more photos. This is the first cookbook I've found really exciting in recent memory.
If you're ready for new tastes using (mostly) familiar foods, this is the cookbook for you -- and me.