Unless this is your first visit to this site, it should be quite clear that there are a few things I love in life: to eat, to cook, and to read. Sometimes publishers pick up on this and send me a cookbook to review. If the concept strikes my fancy, I accept. This week I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of Southern Living Farmers Market Cookbook: A Fresh Look at Local Flavor (Southern Living (Hardcover Oxmoor)). First things first, let’s get the disclosure out of the way. I received a review copy of the Southern Living Farmers Market Cookbook. The links to the book on Amazon are affiliate links, this means I will get a small portion of any books sold through that link.
I have to say, I’m quite pleased with both the book’s concept and the execution. I’m somewhat picky when it comes to recipes as I live in a small town and sometimes cookbooks assume access to all kinds of exotic ingredients. I am happy to report that after skimming many of the recipes, this didn’t appear to be an issue. These recipes are designed to expand a cook’s culinary horizons, but they seem to not stray too far into the exotic. I see this as a plus when recommending a book. In my experience, it always seems as though the one suspect recipe in a given book is the one my friends decide to try.
The explanations are clear and concise, written for cooks with a basic understanding of techniques. I like the layout, most pages are limited to one recipe, readable when the book is left open on the counter. I find this an important quality in cookbooks.
The photos are gorgeous, naturally did you expect less? There are some step-by-step photos, but most are fairly standard and of the finished recipes.
If you are a farmer’s market noob, there are a few great tips at the beginning of the book: what to look for, the questions to ask, and tips on storing the produce. There are also resources to help locate the nearest farmers market.
The recipes are divided by season, which is a handy tool when trying to liven up a menu. As an added bonus, I saw many recipes that would easily adapt for use with frozen vegetables.
Given our recent focus on choosing healthier alternatives to overly processed foods, I would say this cookbook would make a good resource for someone dipping their toes into adapting their diet to fit a more locally focused and sustainable lifestyle.
Cookbook reviewed, check, on to the giveaway.
I will be passing along this gorgeous, but gently used cookbook. There may be a light dusting of pollen as I’ve moved my office out-of-doors on nice days.
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