American Artisanal: Finding the Country's Best Real Food, from Cheese to Chocolate

Overview

We have a growing hunger to know where our food comes from. In our increasingly corporate world, we are looking to get back in touch with our roots to the land. American Artisanal feeds this hunger as no book has before.

The book celebrates eighteen of America’s leading food artisans–from Wood Prairie Farms potatoes in Maine to L. L. Lanier Honey in Florida, from Reed’s Ginger Brew in California to Earthy Delights mushrooms in Michigan. These are folks who are returning to the ...

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Overview

We have a growing hunger to know where our food comes from. In our increasingly corporate world, we are looking to get back in touch with our roots to the land. American Artisanal feeds this hunger as no book has before.

The book celebrates eighteen of America’s leading food artisans–from Wood Prairie Farms potatoes in Maine to L. L. Lanier Honey in Florida, from Reed’s Ginger Brew in California to Earthy Delights mushrooms in Michigan. These are folks who are returning to the basics of sustainable, small-scale, or just plain high quality production. Food is a second career for many of these producers, who decided to drop out of the office rat race and pursue their real passion, literally in the field. In their inspirational stories we also can see the emergence of a true national cuisine. Also, woven throughout each chapter is the engaging history behind our foods–their natural origins and long journeys to cultivation. Recipes and ordering information are provided so you can enjoy these culinary delights at home.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Much as a wine tasting book can help you find your way through Napa Valley, American Artisanal can help you plan a gourmet fall weekend.” ~Oxx Cycle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847829347
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,287,470
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

REBECCA GRAY has written for such publications as Saveur, Town & Country, Playboy, and Attaché. She is the author of eight cookbooks and most recently served as an expert editor for the 75th Anniversary Edition of The Joy of Cooking.With her husband she founded Gray’s Sporting Journal, the prestigious magazine about hunting and fishing.
Ethan Becker is the latest author of The Joy of Cooking. He is the son of Marion Rombauer Becker and the grandson of Irma S. Rombauer, the original author.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Ethan Becker     XI
Introduction     1
He Found His Love on Blueberry Hill: Blueberry Hill Farm     7
Prime Traditions: Allen Brothers     19
Bread and Thou: Clear Flour Bakery     33
Dancing with Salmon: Dancing Salmon Company     55
In Pursuit of Great Venison: Broken Arrow Ranch     69
For the Love of Eating Tomatoes: Long Wind Farm     85
Leaping Goat Cheese: Vermont Butter & Cheese     101
Their Once in a Blue Moon Sorbet: Blue Moon Sorbet     115
The Fellow Who Planted the Tree: Poverty Lane Orchards     127
Wild Mushrooms and Dreams: Earthy Delights     139
Real Potatoes from a Real Potato Farmer: Wood Prairie Farm     151
Every Day they Wake and Smell the Coffee: Barrington Coffee Roasting Company     163
A Crab-Cake Union: Chesapeake Bay Gourmet     179
Guardian of the Gold: L. L. Lanier Tupelo Honey     191
A Southern Delight: Tennessee T-Cakes     203
The Ginger Man: Reed's Original Ginger Brew     215
On Making Olives All-American: Santa Barbara Olive Company     229
Beyond Bonbons: L. A. Burdick Chocolates     243
Acknowledgments     257
Directory of Artisans     258
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