Laura Werlin, author of The All American Cheese and Wine Book
"Here are bright and modern ideas from the Pacific Northwest for home cooks, with lots of background info on one of America's most exciting regions for fresh, real, artisanal foods."
"It wasn't too many years ago that we were hard-pressed to come up with a definition of "Pacific Northwest cuisine." Shunned by the national media, we wrung our collective hands and suffered through a period of intense debate and indecision. Although we were blessed with an abundance of apples and berries, and the sweet meat of Dungeness crab and fresh salmon could be brought to the table with ease, we weren't quite certain if the roots of our culinary heritage were deep enough. If only we had been privy to a copy of Pure Flavor: 125 Fresh All-American Recipes from the Pacific Northwest by Kurt Beecher Dammeier with Laura Holmes Haddad, the debate would have been clearly won by local advocates… [Pure Flavor is] the sort of book that cooks will reach for when entertaining special guests or simply putting dinner on the table. The recipes are easy to prepare, taste sensational and are visually beautiful…The lovely photography captures the beauty and spirit of the Northwest, and of the recipes presented in the book. It's a visual pleasure."