If you enjoy cooking and love cookbooks than this one is for you. Give yourself a well deserved treat for making it through the holidays and order this book.
I have really enjoyed Southern Living Farmers Market Cookbook. I’ve owned it for about a year now and it has been fun finding recipes that use items I find at my local market. I have made the Raspberry Lime Bites from this book a number of times and they are always a hit!
The book shares 100′s of recipes, most with full page beautiful color photos to accompany them. Tips can be found for certain recipes and include such things as “Here’s an easy way to chop fresh herbs: stuff the leaves into a glass measuring cup and insert kitchen shears or scissors, snip in cup, rotating shears with each snip.” (pg 227)
In addition to the mouth watering recipes there is a fresh produce and herb primer section which provides information on how to select, store, prepare and cook a vareity of fruits, veggies, and herbs. For me, this section alone is worth the price of the book. How many times have you looked at fruit & veggies and wondered if it was ripe or not? I know I have plenty of times.
MY RATING: 5/5 <<–a must have for the kitchen
BOOK DESCRIPTION (via amazon)
Celebrate the seasons with fresh-from-the-farm recipes that will make you feel healthy and happy about the dishes you prepare for your family and friends.
Southern Living Farmers Market Cookbook offers recipes-arranged according to season-that make the most of the bounty of fresh ingredients found at local markets, U-Picks, and farm stands. Whether you have your own backyard vegetable patch or pick your produce from the local market, you’ll find an abundance of garden-fresh Southern Living recipes that will bring vibrant flavor to the dining table.
Four chapters-Spring Recipes, Summer’s Bounty, Autumn Harvest, and Winter Storehouse-are filled with a wide variety of dishes ranging from appetizers and beverages to entrées, breads, and desserts.
Lime Raspberry Bites, Fresh Corn Cakes, Skillet Grits With Seasoned Vegetables, Black-eyed Pea Cakes, and Sweet Potato Galette are just a sample of the many ways to prepare seasonal produce at the height of freshness.
This book is so much more than recipes. A complete chapter walks you through the farmers market experience. You’ll almost taste the sweet strawberries of spring, summer’s juicy vine-ripened tomatoes, and the pumpkins, potatoes, and apples of fall and winter.
A Fresh Produce & Herb Primer provides all the tips you need for selecting the best produce: how to choose the freshest beans and peas, what to look for when buying onions and peppers, and how to pick melons that are at the peak of perfection. You’ll also find out how to store and prepare fresh produce.
And to explore farmers markets firsthand, don’t miss the Farmers Market Finds section. It’s an extensive guide to some of the best markets and food festivals across the South.
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