Tuesday, April 19, 2011

REVIEW: Fine Cooking In Season

Fine Cooking In Season
Your Guide to Choosing & Preparing the Season's Best
by Editors & Contributors of Fine Cooking
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Taunton Press (February 22, 2011)

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Fine Cooking In Season: Your Guide to Choosing & Preparing the Season's Best reads like a who's who of the farmer's market world.  If you ever wondered just what fiddleheads and sunchokes are or what to do with sorrel, prickly pears and celeriac, this book is the one to add to your kitchen library.

I certainly don't consider myself a "fine cook" by any means, but I do enjoy cooking and finding new things.  In Southern NH, we saw a new crop of local farmer's markets open up last summer, as I suspect many of you did where you live as well.  People are opting to support their local farms and buy the freshest products possible, cutting out the middle man.  Farmer's markets also give us the opportunity to find unusual ingredients that we might not be so familiar with.  While perusing the markets last summer, I came across many "different" things that looked great, but I ended up leaving them behind because I had absolutely no idea what to do with the pretty produce.  So you can imagine my excitement when a copy of Fine Cooking In Season landed in my mail box!  It's like having my own on call expert to guide me through the market tables, helping me to pick the best bounty and prepare it with easy to follow instructions and recipes!

Fine Cooking In Season is organized into five chapters to guide you through the seasons: Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer, Fall and Winter.  The produce list ranges from the everyday items that we all know and love to the unusual, rare and "funky" items that we'll all be searching for.  Each product is then featured with large, full color photographs and a description of the item, plus tips on how to pick the best, keep it fresh, prepare, use and preserve.  Wonderful, easy to follow recipes are also included.  The layout couldn't be easier to follow along with and the photographs really help to put a bird's eye view on the fruits and vegetables that you might not be so familiar with.  Fine Cooking In Season is like a treasure map for the farmer's market! 

Add a copy of Fine Cooking In Season to your kitchen library now and be ready for the coming early summer crops!

4 comments:

Channon said...

I'm craving a juicy plum all of a sudden!

Marjie said...

If the stupid jet stream would just stay in Canada, we might get warm enough weather to actually get something growing!

Sue said...

What a good idea to be able to take advantage of whatever is currently plentiful.

Laurie said...

Looks like an interesting book! I hope it gets warm enough to plant something...someday...here in Ohio.