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Minnesota's Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook
     

Minnesota's Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook

by Beth Dooley, Mette Nielsen (Photographer)
 

The moment you step into a farmers market you are enveloped in a swirl of colors, aromas, and sounds—brilliant orange squash, vibrant green beans, glossy eggplant, crimson crab apples, the spicy bouquet of hot and sweet peppers, ripe muskmelons. Tables are bursting with sunflowers, honey, and eggs. To your right, freshly fried doughnuts and steaming coffee; to

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The moment you step into a farmers market you are enveloped in a swirl of colors, aromas, and sounds—brilliant orange squash, vibrant green beans, glossy eggplant, crimson crab apples, the spicy bouquet of hot and sweet peppers, ripe muskmelons. Tables are bursting with sunflowers, honey, and eggs. To your right, freshly fried doughnuts and steaming coffee; to your left, acoustic guitar and beautiful flowers. But the local market is not just a place to immerse the senses—it is where communities come together and engage in an exchange as old as civilization.

Minnesota’s Bounty is a user’s guide to shopping and cooking from your local farmers market, and it applies a practical, easy approach to creating a truly seasonal kitchen. Organized alphabetically by type of food, it encourages readers to scrap predetermined recipes and forget the long lists. Instead, shop with an eye for what looks best and what you are hungry for. With more than twenty-five years of firsthand experience and a deep knowledge of Minnesota farmers markets, seasoned cook and food writer Beth Dooley has suggestions and recipes that inspire simple, modern, and healthy meals following an ingredients-first philosophy, helping readers to be more confident and spontaneous both at the market and in the kitchen.

Including a fascinating history of Minnesota farmers markets—with particular focus on the downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis markets—Dooley presents an extraordinary introduction to our markets and the region’s sustainably grown fresh foods. From a warming Coconut Curry Winter Squash Soup and Heartland Brisket to a summer’s meal of Minted Double Pea Soup, Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki, and Blueberry Lemon Ginger Sorbet, the guiding tenet of Minnesota’s Bounty is splendidly uncomplicated: take this book to the market, buy the market’s best offerings that day, then come home, cook, and enjoy.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dooley’s enthusiasm for the agricultural bounty of Minnesota is once again championed in her latest cookbook. The Twin Cities television and newspaper food journalist and author assembles a practical guide to the region’s farmers markets for both shopper and chef. Minneapolis and St. Paul’s open market (the oldest continuous farmers market in the nation) is, for Dooley, a classroom for teaching the value of sustainable agriculture. Inspired by the wealth of produce available due to the explosion of local agricultural practices in the area, Dooley promotes an “ingredients-first philosophy” in both the marketplace and kitchen. Photos of colorful melons, peppers, and greens recreate the immediacy of shopping for fresh produce at the open market. To get the most from seasonal produce as well as creative culinary options, Dooley advocates grazing the tables of food artisans and growers. Nearly 200 recipes (organized by fruits, vegetables, cheese, grains, meat, fish, and eggs) focus on vegetable dishes. “Farmers Market Menus” include Midsummer at the Grill with chèvre, lamb chops, and farro salad; a harvest feast menu prepares gingered pear and winter squash soup, spare ribs, and oaty apple bundt cake with cider and brandy glaze. There is a guide to pepper varieties, a “Market Essentials” list, “Quick Ideas,” and “Cook’s Notes” sections. From Minnesota’s bounty to your table, seasonal hand-selected local produce is at the heart of these simple dishes from the heartland. (May)
From the Publisher

"Beth Dooley has written much more than a cookbook. This valuable resource and guide to Minnesota’s farmers markets is sure to inspire and nourish you with connection to your food, your farmers, and Minnesota’s rich sustainable-agriculture tradition." —Terry Walters, author of Clean Food

"
Beth’s love for farmers markets and delicious food go hand in hand. She will inspire you to shop the markets in the Heartland and get into your kitchen to cook scrumptious meals that nourish bodies and souls.
" —Brenda Langton, author of The Spoonriver Cookbook

Library Journal
Dooley (The Northern Heartland Kitchen) writes passionately about the Northern Heartland, the upper Midwest region that encompasses Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and eastern North Dakota and South Dakota. Though portions of her newest cookbook will be most useful to Minnesotans, it is an excellent guide for readers who like to buy produce at its peak and choose recipes after they get home. Vegetarian fruit and vegetable recipes dominate this book, but there are also recipes featuring cheese, grains, meat, and fish. VERDICT Like Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert's Simply in Season and Sarah Raven's In Season, this book makes it easy to highlight a farmers' market's bounty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816673155
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
05/01/2013
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
291,627
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Beth Dooley has covered the local food scene in the Northern Heartland for more than twenty-five years. Author of The Northern Heartland Kitchen and coauthor with Lucia Watson of Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland (both published by Minnesota), Beth writes regularly for Mpls. St. Paul magazine, the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Taste section, Edible Twin Cities, and the Mix. She teaches cooking at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Cooks of Crocus Hill and serves on the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council.

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