Synopses & Reviews
New Haven is arguably the restaurant capital of Connecticut, with food lovers regularly making the trek to taste the latest and greatest the city has to offer. From the legendary pizzerias of Wooster Street to the hip Ibiza, New Havens restaurants, some of which are nationally renowned, reflect the best of the city—international yet down to earth, sophisticated yet unpretentious.
New Haven Chefs Table is the first cookbook to gather the depth and breadth of New Havens food offerings in one place, with the net proceeds to benefit The Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation (cmhcfoundation.org). Profiling more than thirty-five of the citys top chefs, who offer their favorite recipes reworked for the home cook, the book is also a celebration of the growing sustainable food movement, with a focus on food connections with local growers, farmers, and organizations.
The recipes range from Plum Frost (116 Crown), Guinness Stew (The Playwright), and Chorizo with Sweet and Sour Figs (Barcelona) to Cranberry Curry Scone (Café Romeo), Doro Wat (Ethiopian Chicken in Red Pepper Paste; Lalibela), and Capesante Grigliate (Grilled Scallops; LOrcio). The contributors include: Barcelona, Basta Trattoria, Bespoke, Carmen Anthony Steakhouse, Caseus, Claires Corner Copia, Consiglios, Ibiza, Pepes Pizza, Scoozzi, Soul de Cuba, Temple Grill, Thali, Union League Cafe, Zinc, and more. The book also features profiles of the Yale Sustainable Food Project, CitySeed Farmers Markets, and Common Ground High School.
“The celebration of New Haven restaurants you find in these pages
will make you as hungry as they have made me.”
—from the Foreword by Faith Middleton,
The Food Schmooze, WNPR (90.5 FM), WNPR.org
A distinctive cookbook celebrating the achievements of the culinary capital of Connecticut, with 66 recipes from 33 of New Haven's top restaurants, with an emphasis on locally grown foods and community outreach. Proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation.
Celebrating the Vibrant Local Food Culture of Connecticuts Culinary Capital—With More Than 50 Recipes from Over 30 Top Restaurants Net proceeds from the sale of this book benefit The Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation (cmhcfoundation.org), which helps people with serious mental illness and addictions live healthy, safe, and meaningful lives in the Greater New Haven community. The CMHC Foundation believes that access to wholesome fresh food that tastes delicious and is well prepared is crucial to the health and well-being of everyone.
About the Author
Linda Giuca writes on food for various national publications. She created the Hartford Courants food section and edited it for thirty years, and now coauthors “The Basics” column that appears weekly in the papers food pages.
Nancy Freeborn is an award-winning book designer specializing in photographic and other highly illustrated books. She satisfies her passion and support of local agriculture as manager of the farmers market in her hometown.
Faith Middleton is the Peabody Award-winning longtime host and the executive producer of The Faith Middleton Show, heard in prime-time six days a week in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York on WNPR. Her shows wide-ranging subjects include culture, food, politics, entertainment, community issues, science, sports, history, medicine, and art. She is also The Food Schmooze on WNPR, Connecticut. For many years, she has chaired the Celebration of Connecticut Farms along with co-chairs Meryl Streep, Paul Newman, Jacques Pepin, and Sam Waterston.
Amy Etra is a Connecticut-based photographer who has been shooting for more than thirty years. This project, photographed over the past two years, reflects the artistry and skill she has mastered over her long and varied career. Visit her at amyetra.com.