Savoring the Hamptons: Discovering the Food and Wine of Long Island's East End Hardcover – May 10 2011
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"The East End of Long Island is very dear to my heart… In SAVORING THE HAMPTONS, Sylvia takes us with enthusiasm and great allure through the seasons with the locavore food and wines of that special spot, paying tribute to the culture, the integrity and the uniqueness of that extraordinary place."
"In Savoring the Hamptons not only has she captured the beauty and essence of my favorite part of the country, her years' of experience come alive in the wonderful seasonal recipes that will give you a marvelous taste of the Hamptons."
"Part love letter to her neighbors, part regional cooking guide, Savoring the Hamptons steers you to the farms, ingredients and dishes that every East End food enthusiast should know."
"Savoring the Hamptons, is bursting with flavor. Through the seasons, from spring into winter, we share her delight in discovering the East End’s cornucopia of food and wine"
“Lehrer (Cooking at Cooktique) provides a great variety of recipes for year-round pleasure, e.g., Fettuccine with Wild Mushrooms, Wheat Berry Salad with Sugar Snap Peas and Cherry Tomatoes, and East End Clam Pie. Beautiful photographs illustrate why the Hamptons are a favorite vacation spot. Resources for artisans, farms, restaurants, and vineyards are listed. In a foreword, Alan Alda offers more than praise for this cookbook in an ode to the Hamptons and the people who live and cook there.”
The East Hampton Star, 4/20/11
“’Savoring the Hamptons,’ Silvia Lehrer’s beautiful, comprehensive cookbook featuring everything utterly delicious about the North and South Forks of Long Island, is a book that needed to be written…gorgeous photographs…Regions like Tuscany, Napa Valley, and the South of France have long inspired cookbooks celebrating everything these places have to offer. The North and South Forks have now gotten the book and the recognition they deserve….This is the cookbook for those who revere and respect Long Island’s East End. It is the book to send to friends and family far away, with the inscription ‘This is where we live, and this is why we live here.’”
Dan's Papers, 4/15/11
“Savoring the Hamptons offers a sizeable selection of Silvia's signature recipes, simply stated and gorgeously photographed…. She really is "The Queen of East End Cookery."
“The art of preparing food that touches something in you when you eat is something Silvia Lehrer has spent a lifetime learning. And her ability to teach others how to accomplish that same bit of magic has been a gift to the rest of us.”
27East.com, May 11, 2011
“… ultimate coffee-table book on the victual spoils of the North and South forks.”
“Equal parts cookbook, travelogue and love-letter to Eastern Suffolk”
The Chicago Tribune, 5/29/11
Author Silvia Lehrer explores the food and wine of Long Island's East End, offering portraits of farmers and fishermen and owners of local restaurants and wineries… The heart of the book consists of a wonderful collection of recipes…divided by season, (with) beautiful color photographs.
"…the book highlights the season’s finest ingredients from the island’s rich resources….The book also features a delightful foreword by longtime friend and neighbor Alan Alda as well as fascinating interviews with famed chefs, farmers, vintners and just plain folks who appreciate the bounty of the East End. This is indeed Silvia’s love letter to the Hamptons and deserves a place of pride on your bookshelf!"
“Once in a great while, a cookbook transcends just being a repository of recipes and becomes something more: It tells the story of a place and its people, of its unique culinary heritage and the food that is grown on its farms and in its waters. That is the great gift that ‘Savoring the Hamptons’ by Silvia Lehrer has given all of us in her intriguing new cookbook. … If you buy only one book about the East End, this is the one to buy.”
About the Author
Silvia Lehrer has studied cooking at the Cordon Bleu, La Varenne, and with such individual masters as Giuliano Bugialli, Simca Beck, Marcella Hazan, and James Beard. In 1976 she opened Cooktique, a cooking school hailed by the 'New York Times' as "one of the best and most comprehensive schools in the nation." Her previous titles include 'Cooking at Cooktique'. She lives in Water Mill, New York.
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The recipes themselves are not hard, but many are labor intensive. Some have ingredients you will have to hunt for or else settle for the more mundane, such as; Kirby cucumber, marcona almonds and verjus. There are few pictures of the finished dishes, but there are many of the vicinity and its' people. Some of our family favorites have been shiitake mushroom caviar and soft-shell crabs with mesclun and herb vinaigrette. There is a section with reference recipes that include; basic pasta, homemade croutons and breadcrumbs, classic chicken stock. There is a list of the local resources- the artisans, farms, restaurants, vineyards with addresses, phone numbers and web sites. An index is included.
This is a book that many might want to add to their cookbook collection for its' different recipes and most certainly those who are fond of the Hamptons would want to have a copy.
The recipes, the profiles, th vineyard and artisan offerings all intertwine in the four seasons of the book giving the cook delectable choices through the year. Silvia Lehrer is a food writer and cooking teacher and so the recipes have not only stood the test of time but gives the cook many hints and techniques for do-ahead, easy entertaining as well as simple recipes for everyday family enjoyment.
The gorgeous photographs were taken by an award winning photographer, named one of the ten best wedding photographers in the US. They are sure to be an inspiration to nutritious and delicious dining.