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Washington Food Artisans: Farm Stories and Chef Recipes [Hardcover]

Leora Bloom , Clare Barboza

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24 April 2012
Two of the biggest draws of the farmers' market are the chance to buy local products and the opportunity to meet the producer--to skip the middleman and shake the hand of the farmer, the forager, the artisan. For so many of us living in the city, shopping at the supermarket, unwrapping plastic-covered sandwiches for lunch, or grabbing quick takeout, the vendors are heroic. They are passionate about their products and have chosen to do what they do on a small scale for any number of reasons, including better quality, tradition, respect for the earth, or to continue a family business. Writer Leora Bloom profiles 17 such Washington food artisans, including producers of fruit, wine, cheese, tomatoes, lavender, and honey, as well as meat, fish, and grains. She also provides recipes for each farmer's products, procured from Washington's most renowned chefs and restaurants.

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  • Hardcover: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (24 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570616604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570616600
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 20 x 27.9 cm

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5.0 out of 5 stars Get a peak under the tent of PNW farmers and Chefs who love them! 26 April 2012
By S. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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this is a real peak under the tent of Northwest farmers; And if you like food and you want to get the inside track on how some of the best chefs use local ingredients this book is a must for your library.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Village Green 20 Aug 2012
By dan farmer - Published on Amazon.com
While I have more food and cookbooks than I care to count, I can't say I've read anything like this one, which is composed of a collection of essays, interviews, recipes, along with a cornucopia of pictures of Seattle and Washington food.

In some ways Washington Food Artisans is a hyper local and personal fusion of the slow food and locavore social and food movements that so much has been written about. But Ms. Bloom's book goes a step or two further, discussing not only her local Seattle food scene, but actually going out and interviewing many of the people bringing food from the farmer's markets and local restaurants that she habituates. The stories and lives of the people bring home a warm human connection.

There are some key components that elevate this book from others of its ilk. Ms. Bloom is obviously deeply in love with her subjects and is a delightful storyteller; her affection shining through in deftly sketching quick written watercolors of the farmers, chefs, animals and food that make up her tales. And while obviously there are many beautifully illustrated and photographed cookbooks out there, I was taken with the more personal and less staged images here; the photographer Clare Barboza captured the essence of the text in a series of matching muted matte color photos throughout.

This book reminds me of a quiet country hillside; nothing at all remarkable at first blush. But it seems that perhaps a few more people should sit and listen to that same nothing, that we should all drink in the coolness of the grass, feel the wind across our faces and get just a bit more reconnected. If you're looking for a bunch a recipes on the latest food craze you should definitely go elsewhere. But if not, there's a lot to love about that hillside.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow what a unique Northwest gem 3 May 2012
By Antony S Egnal - Published on Amazon.com
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From the moment your eyes fall on this book-the tummy will start rumbling.This is one of the most beautifully written book I have ever seen. From the in depth personal stories from local artisans to the wonderful recipies from local well know chefs to the magnificent photo's through out the book-this is a must have for anyone who loves their food-and the Northwest as much as I do. The amount of detail in each story paints a very compelling story about how locally grown products make it from the ground to the tables of our local farmers markets.
Buy it,read it,use the recpies and give it to you friends as a gift-all actions will bring much joy
Well done Ms Bloom-and thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really neat book! 2 May 2012
By peabody - Published on Amazon.com
An incredible book with vibrant stories and pictures that forge the connection between what we eat, where it comes from and how it gets to the table. The recipes are straightforward and relatively simple (even for someone who doesn't particularly enjoy cooking, like me). Throughout the book, stories from the farmers are woven with recipes and anecdotes from local Pacific Northwest chefs. A gem of a book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So THAT'S why it tastes so good! 26 April 2012
By RAG - Published on Amazon.com
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This beautiful collection of essays, recipes and pictures is easily my new best friend. It is a reminder that food does not grow in plastic bags, but is the result of effort, experience and patient commitment on the part of the farmers and gatherers, as well as the chefs. Whether from the sea, the earth, or the kitchen, the magnificence of what we see on plates set before us takes a team to create the sort of passion that pours from this book.
The recipes look detailed but simple, and I cannot wait to try them.
Washington State boasts an array of wineries, fisheries, flower farms, fruit farms, vegetable farms, poultry and animal farms, and a self-sustaining natural environment that an informed forager can carefully exploit. This book gives a fresh view of this North West corner of the country. For those of us who are not lucky enough to live there, these stories are like a tour guide to a foreign land, and, for those who do live here, they give inspiration to enjoy the best that America offers.
A food book for every library!
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