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Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets by Madison, Deborah ...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published June 11th 2002 by Broadway Books
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Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yum
Wow, truth in advertising, people. A seasonal market cookbook that's actually functional! I wandered into my kitchen this afternoon with the vague idea of cooking that last bunch of beets. I flipped open this book for inspiration. This method is pretty much guaranteed to end with me bookmarking a bunch of recipes that I really earnestly mean to make next time if I can ever wrangle all the ingredients into the same time and place. While I eat roasted beets for the 12948674th time. But suddenly it ...more
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbook
Beautiful pictures.

About 5 recipes that I am very interested in.

Mostly I was moderately annoyed. I was expecting a book that would give me recipes that had local seasonal ingredients. In stead, I received recipes that had one or two seasonal/local ingredients along with other ingredients that were out of season or not local.

I am sure that others would love the book. It is just not what I was looking for.

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Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is outstanding. I made the swiss chard gratin (using half chard and half spinach), and went out and planted some chard so I'd have chard to make this with in the fall and winter! Every time I come home from the farmer's market, I turn to this book to see what to do with my CSA produce. Deborah Madison is the greatest. ...more
Rebecca Bond
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I heard of this book through Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and knew that I had to have it. We are getting most of our produce from a farm share for the first time this year and it has been such an adventure and learning process. It has been challenging, but delicious and amazing, and I have mostly stayed on top of the greens and cool weather veggies so far. But squash, which I have never been a huge fan of, has made its introduction and I know there will be more and more, ...more
Emily Crow
May 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: foodies, locavores
Recommended to Emily by: my mother
Shelves: cookbooks
Right now I am undergoing the painful process of weeding my cookbooks, which I have to do because my bookcase devoted to them is too full to accept any new ones. So anything I haven't opened up in the past few years gets reviewed, and if there aren't several recipes begging to be made, goodbye book.

Unfortunately, this one didn't make the cut. I love the concept and wish I had more time to visit farmer's markets and cook from scratch, but the fact of the matter is...I don't. I go to the grocery s
Jan 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Deborah Madison is probably my favorite cookbook writer. In this book she provides some great vignettes on farmer's markets and little snippets about not-so-common varieties of vegetables. There are recipes with meat in this one for those so inclined. This will be a great one to take with me to the farmer's market and meal plan around. A good companion to Animal, Vegetable, Miracle- if you liked that one. ...more
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This actually would be handy to have around during market season. In Ohio that doesn't last all year so this book actually irritated me since I couldn't get my hands on most ingredients to make any of these drooly-looking recipes. I did however make an herbal tea and I have an herbal sugar sitting in wait, so thank you Deborah Madison. I'll have to check you out again soon. ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of Deborah Madison's vegetarian cookbooks. I find her recipes creative and different. This book is mostly vegetarian with that same creativity. She is, as always, educating us on ingredients along the way... ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
interesting and good recipes, but the ebook is terribly formatted and I had a lot of trouble reading it!!
Marjorie Elwood
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook
Lovely, simple recipes made with unique fruits and vegetables.
May 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Way too much goat cheese. Also, quite disorganized.
Vjera Thompson
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Lots of information on various farmers markets and the types of fruits and vegetables you can find at them. Pretty dense but interesting.
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Recipes for a lot of ingredients I don't typically see at my Farmers Market. ...more
May 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I have mixed feelings about this cookbook. It really is a charming book, full of homey shots of farmer's market merchandise and smiling family farmers and their families and customers. And the recipes--most of them sound delightful! some of them are a bit plain for my taste, but probably taste amazing too. The anecdotes and information gathered at the various farm markets around the country was interesting and sometimes informative as well. I love reading about the diversity of food around the c ...more
Maze Branch Oak Park Public Library
We really enjoyed our tasting and discussion of Local Flavors! With the exception of one attendee who is not a fan of vegetables, we really liked most of the recipes that we tried. These included Cucumber Salad with Chile and Roasted Peanuts, Big Tomato Sandwich, Greens with Red Beans, Cilantro and Feta, White Pizza with Sage, Goat's Milk Panna Cotta and Rustic Almond Truffles with Fruit Center.

We found the recipes to be written clearly for the home cook, and the accompanying text provided enga
Aug 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
I like this book fine, but I have deducted a star for two reasons:

1. It has one major shortcoming - the index is scanty. There have been many times I have gone to the index looking for a recipe that I knew was in the book, and simply could not find it after looking under a number of different keywords.

2. I am not a fan of cookbooks that are too specific. You will never find a recipe called "500 Shrimp Recipes" on my shelves - unless your daddy is a shrimper in the bayou, you can't afford the she
Feb 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those looking for recipes for farmer's market produce
Recommended to Jennifer by: Book: In Defense of Food
This book has some good recipes in it, but it is nearly just as much a showcase of different farmer's markets around the country - which is less useful (but interesting nonetheless) to those of us stuck in one location. Also, the author is from the southwest. Here in Midwest farm country we don't see many avocados or mangoes at the local farmer's markets. So keep those caveats in mind when looking this one over for recipes - especially if you are trying to cook like a local-vore. I still liked t ...more
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Nov 07, 2012 marked it as to-read
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In an attempt to eat more healthy food, many consumers are looking at ways to eat locally and seasonally. Food from local markets of locally grown food fills this bill, and it also adds more variety to the diet than one would expect. Instead of food needing to be able to be shipped across country to many markets, local markets sell unusual items that can’t handle long distance travel. The recipes here are from all over the country but the discussions for each might help make you mor
Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-and-wine
My husband bought this recently after a trip to a culinary bookstore. We joined a veggie CSA this summer and have been both amused and frustrated by the variety of veggies we receive, but have either no idea what they are, how to prepare them, or what they might go well with.

The author gives a seasonal view of what to expect throughout the year at local farmer's markets, gives an in-depth look at about a dozen throughout the states (although heavily slanted to the West Coast, particularly Califo
Jun 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: food
This book is actually a 3.5. It's beautiful. It has a wonderful concept; eat fresh, local food, in season and see all this wonderful world has to offer.

The problem? Well, maybe just my farmer's market. I don't know about you, but there are no morels here. Hardly ever any squash blossoms. And as for rose geranium leaves? Haven't even heard of them. I think her markets (or garden) are just a bit more varied then mine. So a lot of the receipes seem a bit far reaching. The ones with readily avaliabl
Feb 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Locavores, Foodies
Shelves: cooking-food
Adding to my one-note-ness lately (Pollan, Kingsolver, Smith and MacKinnon) with this from Madison ... plus I love her Greens cookbook ... I'm already afraid I have to add this to the "buy it ... now!" list and am looking for a used copy (though Madison is re-releasing this book in May, 2008 for far less than the current edition costs (the new one may only be in paperback, though). Will then consider it "read" enough to move from the "currently reading" list (because how much does one truly "rea ...more
May 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book was fine...great for someone if they are looking for a bunch of different recipes involving vegetables and a lot of information about how great farmers markets are. I was looking for more information about the health benefits of local, organic produce, as well as knowing what is in season when. She was very adamant about how even though a certain vegetable or fruit typically grows in "spring", "spring weather in Arizona is January, while is is June in New England. I wanted more specifi ...more
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I love this cookbook - for reading as well as for the recipes. I get so inspired each time I go through it. Indispensable during the summer months when I need a little bit of inspiration with the small mountain of produce that I bring home from the farmers' market. Sometimes you just want to try something new with that bag of Swiss chard (try the Chard and cilantro soup with noodle nests) or a quick cucumber and onion pickle recipe. There's even a chapter on eggs and cheese (must try the fried e ...more
Aug 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book from a visual point of view; it was very pretty, the photos were outstanding.

The recipes looked good; some were too complex for me, but that's my failing, not the book's.

Unfortunately for this Canadian reader, this book is US-based, and so things that are "local" and "in season" for the author and the various markets she visits are not at all local or in season for me. And that's too bad for me.
Dec 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: locavores; fans of "animal, vegetable miracle" or "plenty"
A A terrific book, full of recipes and information about cooking locally; lots of information about farmers, farming, farmers' markets; absolutely fascinating. A must for any locavore! I am so excited b/c there are TONS of recipes; I should just buy this book b/c the amt of recipes in here I want to cook is out of control. Not strictly vegetarian, but most of the recipes are. Yum yum, and oh, YUM! ...more
Jun 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I'm delighted by this cookbook. It's a good read, and the recipes seem quite doable. Most importantly, for my purposes at least, she does focus on seasonality, so while there are exceptions, for the most part recipes feature ingredients that are in season together. Hooray!

Updated to add: while I genuinely enjoyed this cookbook, I kept it for two years and made maybe 2 recipes from it. It's lovely but not all that useful.
Adrianne Mathiowetz
So far I've made the eggplant gratin from this book. Now granted, I began with the ultimate test, because I hate eggplant. But this book claimed that farmers' market eggplant is soooo much better than supermarket eggplant, and I wanted to give that a try.

The census? It was absolutely delicious, except for the eggplant.

Update: well, the farmers markets are all closed: but I'm looking forward to joining a CSA next April, and picking this back up.
Sarah Weichhand
Yay!!! Cookbooks!!! I love Local Flavors!! It is a fresh food lover's dream come true! It has great recipes, but most of all, it reminds me of cooking healthy, great tasting whole food recipes for the people that I love!

Check it! Check it! It also reminds me of my times with DBC Natural Holistic Health Center and my friends and fellow whole food eaters!

Fav. recipe in here is the a tomato and avocado salad. Yum!
Mar 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves fresh produce
Deborah Madison is my hero. Her magnum opus Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone introduced me to easy great food. It's a primer for all things green, grain, bean, etc. This book Local Flavors is a delight. It will inspire you to get you out to the farmer's markets and get connected with your food community. She's also dead on with flavors in the recipes, I haven't been disappointed in one yet. ...more
Aug 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Cooks
Deborah Madison is the only cookbook author that I read. Not just consult, but actually read. I often revisit this before a trip to the market, as inspiration for items to be on the lookout for. It is helpfully arranged by season, and has some of my favorite recipes, such as: zuchinni soup, carrot-top soup, apple galette,and platter salad.
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Deborah Madison is an American chef, writer and cooking teacher. She has been called an expert on vegetarian cooking and her gourmet repertoire showcases fresh garden produce. Her work also highlights Slow Food, local foods and farmers' markets.

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