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Inspirational Recipes to Guide You Through Each Season’s Harvest

Posted Feb 06 2011 10:04am

A wonderful new resource for local, seasonal cooking and eating is now available! We are thrilled to announce the release of the beautifully illustrated Cooking Close to Home: A Year of Seasonal Recipes , written by award-winning chef Richard Jarmusz and registered dietitian Diane Imrie.

This book brings you more than 150 original recipes designed to follow the seasons, helping you prepare savory meals throughout the year while supporting a sustainable, local food system.

Eating locally is becoming a priority to people everywhere, but preparing local food throughout the four seasons can be a culinary challenge. Common questions like, “how can I eat locally in January?” or “how do I prepare what my CSA provides?” can confront even the most committed locavore. Cooking Close to Home answers these questions and more, inspiring you to create delicious and nutritious meals with ingredients produced in your own community. A chef and a dietitian make the ideal partners to stimulate your creativity in the kitchen, teaching you how to prepare fabulous local foods without ever sacrificing flavor for nutrition.

Library Journal writes of Cooking Close to Home “…Registered dietitian Imrie and professional chef Jarmusz combine their professional talents and passion for sustainability to present recipes with local ingredients for deliciously fresh meals. They advocate growing produce in backyard gardens, participating in community gardens, and purchasing from local farmers’ markets or farm shares. Fresh, seasonable vegetables and fruits are key ingredients, as are whole-grain flours. The book is organized by meal course and then by season. The complete index includes meal courses and ingredients, making the recipes exceedingly accessible. Nearly every dish receives a full-page color photo, and tips include recommendations for selecting and preserving produce and meats as well as shortcuts and cooking methods. Although the authors live in the Northeast, the recipes and hints pertain to locations throughout North America. Most of the recipes are easy enough for weekday dinners yet colorful enough for company. Verdict: Imrie and Jarmusz’s beautiful, simple recipes that use local sustainable ingredients will please any cook looking for delicious guilt-free meals.”

Cooking Close to Home has earned a permanent place on my kitchen bookshelf. The recipes and photography make me hungry for the coming season making it easier to say ‘goodbye until next year’ to asparagus, strawberries and tomatoes. This book celebrates the true spirit of the Localvore movement with recipes that star seasonal ingredients that I can easily find at my farmers’ market here in Vermont and throughout the Northeast.”Robin McDermott, Co-founder, Mad River Valley Localvores

“This is a completely lovely book. This is a cookbook for the futurein the world we’re building, where local food means both security and pleasure, this will be a companion for many a pioneer!”Bill McKibben, Author of Deep Economy

Check out Cooking Close to Home and get a free sample recipe!

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