the appetizer:

Eating Local: The Cookbook Inspired by America's Farmers by Sur La Table with Janet Fletcher, includes recipes like Lebanese Pickled Turnips; Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Tahini Sauce; and Grilled Eggplant Cannelloni with Ricotta and Prosciutto.

Cookbook Profile

Eating Local:
The Cookbook Inspired by America's Farmers

by Sur La Table with Janet Fletcher

Eating Local
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Culinary trendsetter Sur La Table and award-winning author and journalist Janet Fletcher present Eating Local: The Cookbook Inspired by America's Farmers, the definitive locavore cookbook showing food lovers how to incorporate more local, fresh ingredients into their kitchens and how to celebrate the local foods from their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box or farmers market.

"Our customers are intimately involved in the locavore movement and we feel that that this book, with the expertise of Janet Fletcher, will support their efforts in being able to fully experience the benefits of the products from their local communities," said Kathy Tierney, former CEO of Sur La Table and now vice chairman of the board. "We are inspired by the work of the passionate farmers in the book."

In addition to providing recipes, Eating Local takes readers onto the land and into the homes of 10 of America's best small farmers across the nation with inspiring photography and personal stories about the committed growers who make the locavore movement possible.

Available in bookstores and through major online book retailers, Eating Local arrives just in time for the 2010 growing season as CSAs and farmers markets reach an all-time high in subscriptions and support. lists 2,500 registered CSAs on its site, with listings growing by 50 percent annually. USDA reports that certified farmers markets have tripled in the past 15 years, with more than 4,500 today.

"The revolution is well under way in how individuals think about their food," Fletcher said. "Local, sustainable, family farms, community: These words add up to a whole new way of purchasing, cooking and appreciating food. Eating Local is a guidebook to this movement. The people profiled here are in the front lines of the movement, and the recipes are for anyone who wants to participate in it."

But with growing interest in local food, how does one make the most of the bounty? "Even committed locavores may not know how to use some of the produce they find at the farmers market or in their CSA boxes," Fletcher added. "So with this book they can be sure that nothing they buy will go to waste. The book is full of ideas for storing, preparing, and preserving the best of each season."

Other highlights of the book include:

About the Authors

Author, journalist and cook Janet Fletcher trained at the Culinary Institute of America and at the celebrated Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, CA. Her writing for the San Francisco Chronicle has received three James Beard Awards. She has written for most of the nation's premier food and wine publications and is the author or co-author of 20 cookbooks. A certified Master Gardener who maintains a large garden of perennials and edibles, Janet lives in Napa Valley with her winemaker husband.

Since 1972, chefs and home cooks with a love for fine cooking have flocked to Sur La Table. With a successful direct mail catalog, e-commerce site, culinary class program and more than 75 stores nationwide, Sur La Table continues to share its passion for exploring the traditions of the world with people who love to cook and entertain.


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