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Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh…

Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh (edition 2010)

by Emeril Lagasse

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Lagasse offers recipes that will inspire cooks to utilize organic and locally-grown seasonal produce. The recipes are organized by growing season, and include helpful tips on canning and choosing naturally-raised meats and seafood.
Title:Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh
Authors:Emeril Lagasse
Info:William Morrow Cookbooks (2010), Edition: 1, Paperback, 336 pages
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Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh by Emeril Lagasse



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Some nice recipes, although a little too 'cheffy' for my taste and some of the ingredients are not at all easy to come by where I live (Banyuls vinegar, for example - and fresh Louisiana seafood). ( )
  AJBraithwaite | Aug 14, 2017 |
Emeril has become a name, like Oprah and Cher, that is instantly recognizable and can stand alone (as in: without the last name), and most likely is familiar to you from his TV shows. Maybe you are not as familiar with his cookbooks.
Farm to fork : cooking local, cooking fresh is Emeril’s newest cookbook. It is beautifully photographed; if you love to read cookbooks, this one is worth reading even if you don’t cook any of the recipes. Chances are, though, you will be motivated to cook something. My choice was the Spiced Zucchini Bread. I made two mini breads and 24 mini muffins from it. My 11 year old daughter who kept up a chorus of “I’m not eating that!” after seeing the zucchini and the walnuts that were incorporated into the batter, nevertheless helped grate the zucchini and chop the walnuts. . . oh, and ate the muffins and thought they were delicious! ( )
  kmcwrites | Mar 24, 2011 |
Be warned: this is not a vegetarian book. It's definitely a locovore book, if you are lucky to have fresh seafood and meats at your Market or at least to help you bridge the gap. I've mostly skipped over the meat and seafood recipes at this time, but I'm pretty sure there will be some that simple legume substitutions will work for.

The book is structures through the type of fruit, vegetable, or dairy product. Yes, there are standards such as roasted brussel sprouts/potatoes/choose-your-root-vege, but I found inspiration that may be due to my exploring new ways to cook (such as my pasta roller) winter vegetables such as a sweet potato ravioli.

I find this book most inspiring for the flavour/ingredient combinations Emeril uses. While I own The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, I often get overwhelmed by all the possibilities. Emeril has provided a very good starting place from which to expand and better enjoy all the fresh local items I might pick up. ( )
  pennyshima | Dec 27, 2010 |
I normally don’t read or even own too many cookbooks. Maybe if I did, I’d be a better cook. LOL However, when I had the opportunity to review this new cookbook I couldn’t resist. I not only like the concept of the cookbook, but I enjoy watching the author/chef as he prepares his dishes.
As we beginning enjoying the lazy days of summer, thoughts turn to family get-togethers, barbecues, and picnics with lots of wonderful food. Also with summer comes more fresh vegetables either from one’s own garden or the local market.
Renowned Chef Emeril Lagasse has a new cookbook that is devoted to using fresh, locally grown (and organic when possible) ingredients when preparing any type of dish.
FARM TO FORK: COOKING LOCAL, COOKING FRESH is a beautifully illustrated cookbook that not only includes the ingredients and directions to preparing a dish, but also give a little information about the dish.
In the introduction, author/chef Lagasse explains how he came to enjoy picking fresh vegetables as a child and then as an adult using fresh ingredients in his dishes. He also notes that he and several other chefs, along with a farmer, even started a farm co-op just so they could have fresh, locally grown ingredients. In addition, he explains the many benefits of using organically grown local vegetables.
An interesting point that he makes is when you get children involved in the growing process of vegetables, they are more likely to eat them when they’re prepared.
As we all strive to be more “green” for our environment, this cookbook provides delicious recipes for every season. The cookbook is divided into 15 sections. They covers such topics as: the herb garden; leafy greens; the three sisters: corn, beans, and squash; fresh from the docks; out on the range; and home economics: preserving the harvest to name just a few.
Here is just a taste of the recipes included in the book:
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
10 ounces fresh red Fresno chiles or jalapenos, stemmed and cut crosswise into ½-inch-thick slices (see Note)
6 cloves garlic, smashed
¾ cup thinly sliced onions
¾ cup chopped carrots
1 ¾ teaspoon salt
2 cups water
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves and stems
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1. Heat the oil in a small saucepan over high heat. Add the chiles, garlic, onions, and carrots. Add the salt. Cook the peppers in the pan for 5 minutes; it is okay if they blister or blacken, stirring as needed.
2. Add the water and cilantro, and reduce the heat to medium-high. Cook for 20 minutes, or until the peppers are soft and almost all of the liquid has evaporated. (Note: This should be done in a very well ventilated area!) Remove the pan from the heat and allow the peppers to cool to room temperature.
3. Transfer the mixture to a food processor or blender, and puree for 15 seconds. While the machine is still running, add the vinegar in a steady stream, continuing to puree on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer the sauce to a sterilized pint jar, bottles, or other container. Cover and refrigerate for up to 6 months.
NOTE: If you are a fan of poblano peppers, substitute 6 ounces roasted poblanos (about 2 peppers) and 6 ounces jalepenos for the 10 ounces of chiles above. (See page 44 for roasting instructions.)
About 2 cups.
If you enjoy good food and fresh vegetables, FARM TO FORK is the perfect cookbook giving you a better understand of how the food chain works. In addition, it teaches how to make the most of using fresh ingredients found locally when cooking. With Father’s Day just around the corner, FARM TO FORK is a handy cookbook for that weekend chef or everyday cook. ( )
  MasonCanyon | Jun 6, 2010 |
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