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Outstanding in the Field: A Farm to Table Cookbook

by Jim Denevan

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Outstanding in the Field: A Farm to Table Cookbook
By Marah Stets
Softcover: 256 pps.
Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-307-38199-6

This beautiful (I'm imagining from the pictures in the ARC I received) cookbook promises to be an inspiration – to local foods, used in season, and prepared to perfection.

Although generally it is for the better cook than I, however, and trying too many of the recipes would defeat the premise of using local, seasonal foods, it contains practical, novice hints and recipes for stocks, desserts, and more. And, that most of the recipes seem to be based on distinctively west coast or northeastern farms and growing seasons, it doesn't offer much in the way of local flavor for this south Louisiana cook. ( )
  jocraddock | Sep 16, 2008 |
The recipes are bright and cheery. In the main, this is earnest modern-hippie food... And the recipes work well if you use the best and freshest-possible ingredients.
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307381994, Hardcover)

Instead of bringing food to guests in a traditional restaurant setting, Jim Denevan brings diners to their food, creating what Alice Waters has called “the restaurant I always imagined.” His innovative organization, Outstanding in the Field, sets up dinner tables in fields, ranches, dairies, vineyards, and community gardens across the country for alfresco meals that truly reconnect us with the land and people that produce our food.

In Outstanding in the Field, Denevan presents a cookbook full of seasonally inspired dishes from his farm-fresh dinners, sharing more than one hundred recipes with home cooks and food lovers everywhere. Celebrating local ingredients at their height of freshness, favorites include Haricot Vert and Early Girl Tomato Salad with Summer Savory; Burrata Cheese with Nectarines, Mâche, and Hazelnuts; Sea Scallops with Sugar Snap Peas and Chervil; Pure Maple Syrup–Braised Short Ribs; Green Tomato Marmalade; and Upside-Down Fresh Fig Cake. All of the recipes present opportunities to use the most flavorful produce, meats, and cheeses in the area where you live—and suggestions for substitutions when necessary.

America’s appetite for organic and local food has never been stronger and there is no better guide to this growing movement than Jim Denevan. With inspiring recipes, beautiful photographs throughout of farms and food across the country, and information on finding local ingredients and helping Community Supported Agriculture and community gardens, Outstanding in the Field is a cookbook that celebrates the pleasures of raising, preparing, and enjoying good food.

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