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Cooking from the Farmers' Market

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  126 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
From small towns to big cities, people all over the world love shopping at the farmers' market. The first tender asparagus of spring, the juicy peaches of summer, the sweet butternut squash of autumn, bright winter citrus fruits: local farmstands invariably have the best-tasting produce available each season. Williams-Sonoma "Cooking from the Farmers' Market" will show you ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Weldon Owen (first published 2010)
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Sara Thompson
Jun 14, 2012 Sara Thompson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A beautiful book from Williams Sonoma, Cooking from the Farmer’s Market did not disappoint. The photography is colorful and enticing. The recipes are varied enough that there is sure to be enough to warrant owning the book.

I was a little put off by the assumption that all Farmer’s Markets are the same. I’ve been rather stunned to learn that’s not true as I follow blogs that offer seasonal cooking. I live in Washington and, though we have an amazing farmer’s market, our seasons and variety of pro
May 29, 2012 Darren rated it really liked it
Farmers' Markets, a place where you can buy ultra-fresh ingredients direct from the producers, are becoming more and more popular as urban dwellers are slowly coming to the realisation that it can be good to buy direct from the source whilst the produce is still fresh-as-when-it-was-picked.

Yet many people who have tried farmers' markets tend to suffer from the same problems that they have when they shop in a supermarket, namely they don't really know what they can do with the wide range of produ
Jun 25, 2015 Heaether rated it it was amazing
Love how the recipes are sorted by food type! Makes it so much easier when you're thinking "what the hell am I going to do with all this ____" perfect and exactly what I was looking for to help with CSA shares
Shari Henry
Mar 30, 2014 Shari Henry rated it really liked it
Typical of Williams-Sonoma publications, this book offers great recipes, good information, and lovely photographs. A quick case is made for the eating seasonally and locally, charts help you identify when to buy what, and then chapters are divided by types of produce. Each chapter opens with a list of varieties of that type before giving more intel on the item, what to look for when purchasing, and the basics of "working" with it. Pages of recipes with accompanying photographs follow. Before the ...more
Jun 08, 2014 S rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
This is another lovely book from Williams-Sonoma on cooking. It is geared towards folks who already have the basics down for cooking, and are looking for something new and fresh; and what could be more fresh than produce fresh-picked at the Farmer's Market? It has beautiful photographs, and easy to follow recipes. I love a good cookbook like this one. I think I will pull it out the next time I pick up something fresh and seasonal and try a new recipe from it!

I was given a copy of this book to pe
Jun 22, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: foodies & amateur chefs
The photos in this new cookbook are luscious--food porn, to be honest. Gorgeous and mouth-watering enough to make me wish I liked cooking. Tempting enough to have me thinking about actually attempting a few of the simpler recipes.

Make no mistake, this is not a cookbook intended for the culinary novice. I had hopes it might be, especially when it opened with photos of fresh food and charts of fruit and vegetable seasons. It even ends with a fabulous index (by ingredient!) and recipes for some oft
Paula Griffith
May 29, 2012 Paula Griffith rated it it was amazing
The first thing that is obvious about Williams Sonoma’s Cooking from the Farmers’ Market is that this is a beautiful book. Maren Caruso is a genius with food photography, and the photos are artistic and appealing to both eye and appetite. The information about seasonal cooking and utilizing the bounty of local farmers’ markets is helpful to those cooks, experienced or not, who wish to add texture and taste to their meal planning. My favorite aspect is this cookbook, however, is that Serio and Li ...more
May 17, 2012 Dotti rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: new cooks and those who love beautiful food
Shelves: cooking
Stunningly bright, beautiful photographs of gorgeous produce as well as of included recipes is just one of the many things I love about this book...the recipes are excellent and unpretentious. The small 'factoids' throughout the book are helpful to novice cooks as well as the more seasoned home cooks unfamiliar with a particular fruit or vegetable. The Inclusion of a section on how to buy and handling/cooking techniques as well as both American/Metric measurements is always helpful. This would b ...more
Jun 14, 2011 Janel rated it really liked it
I am going to buy this book. The recipes are simple and the most common varieties of vegetables are covered, but each section contains some advice on preparation, followed by recipes. I thought the recipes for most items were good and approachable. I also think that this book provides a good starting place for people who would like to add more vegetables to their diet. For people who would like to make themselves like and enjoy a wider variety of vegetables, I think this is a good place to start ...more
Josh L
Sep 12, 2012 Josh L rated it really liked it
You can read my full review at Quieted Waters.
When I embarked on my journey of cooking through three cookbooks in 6 weeks, I was looking forward to this one the most. Jodi Liano has done a marvelous job incorporating education with delicious recipes. To add to this, Cooking from the Farmers Market is also a beautiful pictorial representation of seasonal food from the Farmers Market. Most recipes are pretty simple, flavorful, and healthy, but will also impress a wide variety of dinner guests.
Sheri Bauer
Jul 24, 2014 Sheri Bauer rated it liked it
some pretty pictures. recipes a bit too gourmet for this country cook.
Jul 16, 2012 Tracy rated it liked it
This is a great book that gives you hints and recipes on what to do with all different things that you can find at the Farmers Market. Farmers Markets are the best places to get food, because what you find there is usually very fresh and locally grown. Though I know that for me going to a Farmers Market usually leaves me wondering what several things are, and what to do with them. This is a great cook book to answer those questions.

Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the publisher via Ne
Carrieann Schneider
Apr 14, 2014 Carrieann Schneider rated it really liked it
Would love my own copy
May 12, 2012 Naomi rated it it was amazing
As someone who has a huge garden every year, plus is at farmers' markets and farm stands almost every day of late spring through mid fall, I loved this cookbook. I have many cookbooks for whipping up things from Farmers' Markets, but this is clearly one of the most unusual ones.

The cookbook was loaded with pictures of completed recipes which laid out how the dish was supposed to look, plus really nice definitions/varieties of the foods.
Dec 09, 2011 Dana rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fruit and Veggie Lovers
Shelves: cookbooks
Perfect for fruit and veggie lovers. This isn't a cookbook that I would turn to for everyday, family meals but is wonderful for gathering different ideas on how to spice up the fruit and veggie world. I love that this cookbook gives detailed descriptions of each fruit and vegetable and how to prepare, cook, and properly season it. A very unique and creative cookbook! Wonderful for spring and summer side dishes and healthy eating!
May 18, 2012 Diane rated it it was amazing
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LOVE this cookbook! Borrowed it from the library but just had to own it. Perfect for anyone with a CSA or local farm market. Gives three recipes per main ingredient, allowing one to utilize new ingredients or favorites from the garden with easy and inventive recipes. The photos alone make it drool worthy.
Apr 09, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it
Giving me lots of motivation and inspiration to shop and cook from the market. I can't wait until the outdoor stands start opening up at the 2nd Street Market, should be just a few more weeks. I think I'd like to own a copy of this book.
Feb 05, 2011 Pat rated it really liked it
Shelves: sthustinanths
Actually it's cooking FROM the farmer's market...any who... packed full of ideas for all those wonderful fruits and vegetables that are so good for us and most of us don't eat enough of. Support your local farmer's market!!
Phyllis Bismanovsky
Jul 22, 2013 Phyllis Bismanovsky rated it it was amazing
What a great book if you like to shop the Farmers' Markets. The book has a description of the item of produce, care, storage, timing. then 3 recipes and a photo. I ordered it for myself.
Cory Van Horn
Mar 20, 2011 Cory Van Horn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
This is one of my favorite cookbooks. The photos are ridiculously beautiful. The recipes are easy and they focus on bringing out the natural flavors of the ingredients.
Arranged by vegetable/fruit. Full colour photographs on all pages. Nice "in season" chart. Description of each vegetable/fruit and several recipes for each
Oct 28, 2012 E rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
sounds like an amazing book but just isn't inspiring.

turnips...just aren't inspiring. (even if they are what is in season.)
Feb 07, 2011 Robin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Beautiful photographs and mouthwatering recipes. Of course, it is a Williams-Sonoma book.
Anastasia Tuckness
Sep 14, 2013 Anastasia Tuckness rated it really liked it
Lovely recipes and photos! Great to check out when your produce basket is overflowing.
Jun 21, 2011 Catherine rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
Beautiful photography, nice descriptions of market produce. Recipes only so-so.
Shayna Ross
Some pretty good and easy recipes in here!
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