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About the Author

A longtime advocate of local eating, Amy Cotler is the founding director of Berkshire Grown, a food initiative that received international recognition as a model for local food advocacy. She now consults, teaches, and lectures on food and farm-to-table issues. She worked as the online food forum host for The New York Times, and her food articles have been published in numerous periodicals, including Fine Cooking, Kitchen Garden, Cook, and Orion. Her five cookbooks include Wrap It Up and Fresh From the Farm: The Massachusetts Farm to School Cookbook, which is available free online. Cotler has developed close to 1,000 recipes, including many for the revision of The Joy of Cooking. She has taught at the Institute for Culinary Education and The Culinary Institute of America, where she also researched and wrote teaching text for their professional cookbook. 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Original edition (November 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603424539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603424530
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,312,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A friend gave me this book and I loved it. Cotler is a fun, engaging writer, never a dreary scold. She presents information about the slow food movement in a yummy way that's easy to digest (sorry, couldn't resist). Now, when I go to the market - be it the supermarket or the Greenmarket - I'm much more aware of what I'm buying and what its provenance might be. Sure, I still might buy the Chilean asparagus because it's cheaper and comes out earlier than my local farmers'. Cotler doesn't expect her readers to be strict fanatics. (Ya gotta start somewhere!) But, after reading the book, I definitely savor the opportunity to buy seasonal, locally-grown food, which, as Cotler points out, is not only good for the planet, but a treat for the palate. Local food is just fresher and more flavorful. I also loved the recipes Cotler sprinkles throughout. They're painless! Cotler makes clear that fresh ingredients are the main event and that they don't need a lot of fussing. City-dweller that I am, I only wish I could have my own garden out back. Oh well, I do have the Greenmarket, and it's time to go pick up some ramps!
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I'd highly recommend this book. Ms. Cotler, who seems to be both a serious foodie and social activist, been doing this for awhile and really knows her stuff. There's lots out there on the subject, but this book covers everything you need to know to becoming a locavore -- practically, clearly and intelligently. It focuses on both the pleasure and practical side of eating locally. I've been at this awhile and still found it extremely useful, but I'm giving it to my friends, even the ones who aren't eating locally yet, so they'll know what to do and get inspired too. An added plus? Lots of references, recipes and recipe ideas, a great layout and FUN to read.
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I just finished reading this book and I'd recommend it to both beginning and knowledgeable locavores. In fact, I wasn't even sure what a locavore was until now. The book is written in a friendly style by a woman who clearly knows her stuff. Its full of useful information from shopping and seasonal cooking, to how to find local food when dining out. There is a reference section with ideas on how to cook every vegetable, wonderful recipes and a fabulous glossary explaining all the terms. I even loved the illustrations. This book was a find.
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If you're new to the local food movement, this book is a great place to start. Not only is it an easy read, but it's chocked full of practical information that the reader can use every day. Ms. Cotler motivated me to do a search for local produce resources and I hit the jackpot! If you can't grow it yourself, this book can give you lots of ideas of how to obtain the freshest food possible.
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This was an excellent book. It talked about how to discover locally grown food but without some of the eliteness/food snobbery that tends to dominate the local food industry. I kept the book on my Kindle mostly for the end section which tells you how best to prepare any unusual produce you might find in your CSA box. The only thing that kept it from being 5 stars is that it was a little lengthy for the topic.
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