Farm Market Book

Farm Market Book

by Judith Olney

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this ``love song to farmers' markets,'' Olney ( The Joy of Chocolate ) recreates their ``life, vitality, health, abundance, grit, prime produce and color'' through entertaining interviews and 125 recipes from markets across America. Her grand tour features standard-bearers like Seattle's Pike Place Market and New York City's Union Square Market, as well as lesser-knowns like the Santa Rosa, Calif., Thursday Night Market and Lynchburg, Va.'s Bateau Landing. Recipes are diverse and representative of their regions: old-fashioned shoofly cake from Pennsylvania Dutch country, and ``salt'' side salmon with egg sauce and boiled new potatoes from the Pacific Northwest. The farmers Olney meets along the way are a varied lot, too--in all aspects, that is, except their tenacity and agricultural wisdom (lessons in why wormy corn is more flavorful and why bees deserve respect are examples). There is little not to like in Olney's America, except that it can be a bit too richly adjectival (e.g., farmers talk about ``state-of-the-art and state-of-the-heart'' farming). Some readers, too, may feel momentarily restless with yet another cookbook, however good, that celebrates simplicity. Line drawings not seen by PW. (May)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Both of these books celebrate the growing ``back-to-the-land'' movement. Over the last decade, farmers' markets have had a rebirth throughout the country, and cookbook author Olney visited dozens of them, collecting recipes, cooking and growing tips, and conversations. Her text is organized seasonally and by locale, with descriptions of the various markets and folksy chat from the people she encountered. The recipes range from homespun favorites to sophisticated dishes created by the restaurant chefs who buy at these markets. Sarlin is a New York City caterer who grew up on a Minnesota dairy farm, and she has put together an homage to that farm, a scrapbook of recipes, family photographs, and reminiscences. Her recipes, some with cutesy names to tie into various anecdotes, are for old-fashioned homestyle dishes. Olney's book is unique and recommended for most collections; Sarlin's, more limited in scope, is for regional and larger collections.

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Doubleday Publishing
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