UPDATE 11/22/10: We have a winner! By random drawing (via www.random.org) Louise has won this beautiful cookbook! Congratulations, and I’ve sent you an email!
Back in August I attended Foodista’s International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) in Seattle. My first night there I, along with all of the other attendees, got an awesome bag full of food-related swag. There were all sorts of little gadgets and spices, but the real gem was this beautiful cookbook called Eating Local: The Cookbook Inspired by America’s Farmers by Janet Fletcher.
I didn’t get to look at it until I was on the bus back home that first night, and I remember being mesmerized by all the gorgeous photographs and delicious recipes. But what I loved most about the book is how it is centered around community supported agriculture (CSA).
For my long time readers and friends, you’ll know that I have a soft spot in my heart and soul for local farms. When we lived in New York we were members of a CSA for about three years where we got some amazing fruits and vegetables from a Long Island farm called Green Thumb Farm. That’s actually how I first fell in love with supporting local agriculture and where farmers became my personal heroes (they still are).
A cookbook like this back then would have been just what I would have needed, because it’s divided up not by appetizers and main dishes, but rather by locally grown and produced ingredients. Each ingredient appears in alphabetical order in the three primary sections of the book: Vegetables; Fruits; and finally, Poultry, Meat, and Eggs. Yes, it’s true – this is not a vegan cookbook. But remember that most recipes can be veganized (psst…most of the recipes found on Novel Eats are veganized versions of vegetarian and omnivorous recipes!).
There are really some amazing recipes, beautifully named and with some lovely accompanying photos. Grilled Corn with Chipotle Butter and Cilantro (just substitute vegan butter – and wow, makes me want summer to be here again soon!), Focaccia with Leeks and Cherry Tomatoes, Roast Acorn Squash with Maple Glaze, Pear Sorbet with Champagne, and Hot Spiced Apple Cider to name a few.
I want to pass along this beautiful cookbook to you! Even though many of us are well past the harvest of summer, there are still a few recipes in here for fall and winter fruits and vegetables, so I hope that the winner will be able to take advantage of a few seasonal recipes before next year.
To enter, answer the following question in ONE comment (to be fair to other contestants only enter once): What are you thankful for this holiday season? (Your winning does not rely on your answer!)
Be sure to include your email address in the email address line so I can reach you if you are the winner.
Note: This contest is valid only for people who live in the United States due to shipping costs.
The contest will close this Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 11:59pm PT and the winner will be chosen at random, then announced the following day.
Contest is closed.