Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Harvest to Heat - Darryl Estrine & Kelly Kochendorfer

Summary:  Harvest to Heat is a groundbreaking cookbook celebrating chefs and farmers who are changing the way we think about food. Over 100 of America's best chefs and artisans take on a journey from farm to kitchen as they collaborate on delicious recipes from home cooks, locavores, and food lovers. (Summary from the book and image from Book received frre for review.)

My Review: If you are in the midst of planting that spring garden you may considering getting a hold of this book before you make your final additions. This book has ideas for starters, salads, soups, main courses, sides, and desserts - many composed of ingredients you will find in your garden. These aren't your everyday recipes, including such things as Crab-Stuffed Zucchini Flowers, Ramp Ravioli with Lemon Zest, and Honey Mango Upside-Down Cake. The easy to follow step-by-step directions will have you longing to take a stab at creating a culinary masterpiece.

If these recipes sound extraordinary you will probably not be surprised to hear the book is anything but ordinary as well. Stories from farmers, food artisans, and chefs can be found throughout the book. These stories detail history, inspiration and techniques and make the book all the more intriguing. Beautiful photos line the pages, making this more a work of art than a cookbook. To hide this work away with your other food-splattered cookbooks would be a shame. This one demands to be properly displayed.

This won't take the place of your daily recipe books as many of the recipes are elaborate. Yet if you have a love for creating unique dishes with natural ingredients this belongs in your collection. As a beautiful, unique coffee table book, this would also make a lovely gift .

Rating:  4 stars

Sum it up:  Harvest to Heat is more of a work of art than a cookbook with the bonus of several scrumptious recipes.

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