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Fresh from the Farmers' Market: Year-Round Recipes for the Pick of the Crop [Paperback]

Janet Fletcher
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Oct. 16 1996
Organized by season, a book of lavish photographs and more than eighty easy-to-prepare and delicious dishes suitable for family meals as well as entertaining celebrates the freshness and value available at farmers' markets across the country. Original. IP. "

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"Did you know that really fresh green beans will stick to your clothes? Or that perfect artichokes squeak when they're squeezed? You'll find plenty of other expert tips on selecting and storing field-fresh produce in Janet Fletcher's 'Fresh From the Farmer's Market.' Included also are dozens of simple yet intriguing recipes like Braised Red Cabbage and Pears and Warm Apricot Tart. Sensuously photographed by Victoria Pearson, and organized by the season, this book will delight all gardeners and cooks." -- Organic Gardening

About the Author

Janet Fletcher is a food writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, a frequent contributor to magazines on wine and food topics, and a past president of the San Francisco Professional Food Society. She is the author of a number of cookbooks, including Chronic Victoria Pearson is a Los Angeles based photographer. Her photographs have appeared in several books including Sangria (0-8118-4290-8), Party Appetizers (0-8118-4292-4), and The Cheese Course (0-8118-2541-8). Alice Waters is the founder and proprietor of Berkeley's Chez Panisse restaurant and the author of several acclaimed cookbooks.

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Every Saturday morning in summer, several thousand people do their food shopping at a lively farmers' market on the San Francisco waterfront. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely Nov. 19 2001
Format:Paperback
This is a lovely book, though I haven't yet tried many of the recipes. I use it not only for the recipes, but also for ideas on what to grow in my garden. It's also changed the way I cook corn: the roasted corn and garlic soup started me roasting corn in the husk instead of boiling it. Delicious!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Fruits and Veggies Sept. 28 1999
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I started frequenting my local farmer's market after a stint living in Greece, where shopping at the open-air stalls taught me how good produce COULD be. This book is a treasure for anyone who has access to great veggies or grows their own; divided by season, it's full of delicious recipes showcasing produce at its very best.
Everything I've made from here has been very good; I have a pot of the yellow split-pea soup with squash and kale in the refrigerator right now. I also really like the turnip and turnip greens soup, which lets you use both good things together. And then there's roasted asparagus, which I must make at least once a month throughout asparagus season.
The only reason I haven't given this book five stars is because there are too many things here I would not make. Fletcher's recipes can be a little too "restauranty" -- too elaborated, too many strongly flavored ingredients cancelling each other out. I prefer, given great ingredients, to present them simply and let their flavors take center stage. Still, for magnificent food photography and good eating, plus nice tips on how to choose the best of the market, this book is hard to beat. A good addition to any cook's shelf -- and if it inspires you to patronize your local farmer's market, so much the better!
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I can't browse this book without getting hungry. It hits the nail on the head, especially for us East Bay locals
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Fruits and Veggies Sept. 28 1999
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I started frequenting my local farmer's market after a stint living in Greece, where shopping at the open-air stalls taught me how good produce COULD be. This book is a treasure for anyone who has access to great veggies or grows their own; divided by season, it's full of delicious recipes showcasing produce at its very best.

Everything I've made from here has been very good; I have a pot of the yellow split-pea soup with squash and kale in the refrigerator right now. I also really like the turnip and turnip greens soup, which lets you use both good things together. And then there's roasted asparagus, which I must make at least once a month throughout asparagus season.

The only reason I haven't given this book five stars is because there are too many things here I would not make. Fletcher's recipes can be a little too "restauranty" -- too elaborated, too many strongly flavored ingredients canceling each other out. Still, for magnificent food photography and good eating, plus nice tips on how to choose the best of the market, this book is hard to beat. A good addition to any cook's shelf -- and if it inspires you to patronize your local farmer's market, so much the better!
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fresh From the Farmers' Market Oct. 27 2011
By Lisa Bourbonnais - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this book, because I spotted it at Whole Foods and wanted to check it out. I should have looked into it more closely, since it is specific to farmers' market crops grown in and around California. This is something I would have liked to have known before purchasing it; I can't buy most of the ingredients at my local farmers' market in Virginia, so it's difficult to use for the most part.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent "farmers' market" cookbook July 23 2009
By W. Maite - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a huge fan of Janet Fletcher's. Her recipes sing to me. So I wasn't surprised to find that I like her farmers' market book more than others in that genre.

Fletcher has a distinctive way of choosing and combining foods to create the biggest bang of flavor from the fewest number of ingredients. That's pretty much the way I prefer to cook and eat. The Fennel and Prosciutto Gratin is sooo good. Her pastas are always a hit (the Penne with Green Cauliflower, Anchovies and Bread Crumbs is delicious and very typical of Fletcher's style), as are her soups. The Asparagus with Scramble Eggs has suggestions for several other ways to serve these two surprisingly harmonious foods which are not often combined in the US. The Persimmon "Ice Cream" is a persimmon-lover's dream.

The book is arranged by season, and each chapter starts with descriptions of the best foods of the season as well as how to select and store them. Of course these recipes are best when using ingredients at their seasonal primes, but I would happily make these recipes at any time of the year.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New England, Too Oct. 12 2007
By Marie C. Duggan - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book so much at my neighbor's that she bought it for me, even though it is out of print (Thank You!). Even though I live in New England, and it is written from California, it amazes me how all those unusual vegetables at the farmer's market are in it. I've cooked brussels sprouts with walnut oil, the fried baby turnips and green beans, and a host of other things. There is a lot of Italian influence, and everything's fried in butter. Yummie.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed April 24 2010
By Kimberly Wiltshire - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book back in 1998. It looked beautiful. I tried a couple recipes over the years and was very disappointed every time. In fact this is a book that sticks in my mind because I can't figure out why it doesn't work. It should, just doesn't. Pulled the book out again today 12 years later and read it from cover to cover, marked the recipes I want to try that I haven't yet. Tried one of the zucchini recipes. Sounded nice. First time ever my boyfriend scraped it right off his plate into the trash after one bite. I tried it and was also confused. The zucchini and the compote on top just didn't work together separately sure, but not worthy of a being put in a book. So far this is my overall feeling about this book. The recipes just don't work. I use this book to look at photos and get inspired to use vegetable I haven't tried yet. Only I make my own recipes up rather than use Fletcher's.

So no not my favorite.
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