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Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Freshby Emeril Lagasse
Synopses & Reviews
In this extraordinary new book, Emeril Lagasse continues his lifelong commitment to using fresh, local ingredients in his restaurants and home kitchen. He has spent the past thirty years building close relationships with farmers, fishermen, and ranchers. Farm to Fork is his guide to help you explore the great local bounty through fifteen flavorful chapters—sweet summer in "The Three Sisters: Corn, Beans, and Squash," juicy "Berries, Figs, and Melons," sublime naturally raised meats in "Out on the Range," fresh catch in "Fresh Off the Dock," and home canning tips from "Home Economics: Preserving the Harvest."
Fill your basket with the ripest ingredients from every season at the markets (or your backyard garden) and dig into delicious recipes such as Sweet Potato Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter, Cheesy Creole Tomato Pie, Honey-Brined Pork Chops with Nectarine Chutney, Watermelon Rind Crisp Sweet Pickles, and Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp. Even learn how to make your own cheese and pasta at home. Emeril shares his love for fresh from-the-fields foods—and the heritage of the artisans who bring them to the table.
"Ignore the labored title and forgive his first sentence, 'I have had a connection with the soil since I was a young boy.' This is simply another of Lagasse's highly competent creations, full of flavorful recipes presented with simplicity and minimal chitchat. The third in a 10-book series ordered up by Harper Studio back in 2008, the celebrity chef this time goes green, with a focus on using fresh, local ingredients. This collection focuses on fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and seafood, with just a little poultry and pork thrown in for good measure. Chapters are broken out as if dividing up a garden. Corn, beans, and squash over here; broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower over there. Leafy greens, root vegetables, and orchard fruits all get their due, with space left for winter fruits and nightshades. Among the 152 offerings, one can dish up lemon-scented blueberry pancakes for breakfast; Emeril's roasted beet salad, along with perhaps an eggplant relish crostini for lunch; and a dinner of, say, creamy turnip soup, braised broccoli rabe, and gumbo with smoked ham and wild rice. Dessert choices include pumpkin custard pie and apricot clafouti. Wash it all down with some watermelon limeade or enjoy a nightcap after the nightshades, like a pink lady apple martini. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Modeled after "Emeril Green," his show on Discovery's Planet Green channel, Emeril's third cookbook in this series offers recipes that will inspire cooks to utilize organic and locally grown produce.
Farm to Fork brings out the “green” in Emeril with recipes that will inspire cooks, new and old, to utilize fresh, organic, and locally-grown ingredients throughout the year. A must have for those interested in the Green and locavore movements, and the legions of Emerils own fans!
About the Author
Emeril Lagasse is a chef, restaurateur, and author of fourteen bestselling cookbooks including Emeril's New New Orleans Cooking, which introduced his creative take on Creole cuisine, and Emeril 20-40-60: Fresh Food Fast. He is the proprietor of thirteen restaurants across the country.
As a national TV personality, he is the host of The Emeril Lagasse Show on ION Television and Emeril Green on Discovery's Planet Green. He is also the food correspondent for ABC's Good Morning America. His shows Essence of Emeril and Emeril Live can be seen on the Food Network.
In 2002, Emeril established the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to support children's education and nonprofit organizations with culinary, nutrition, garden, arts, and life-skills programs. Projects funded include an outdoor classroom, gardens, and the Edible Cafeteria and Teaching Kitchen at Edible Schoolyard New Orleans. As of November 2009, the foundation has contributed more than $3.2 million to children's causes in New Orleans, Las Vegas, and on the Gulf Coast.
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