The Best of Virginia Farms Cookbook and Tour Book: Recipes, People, Places

The Best of Virginia Farms Cookbook and Tour Book: Recipes, People, Places

by CiCi Williamson, Garry Pound
     
 

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The Best of Virginia Farms uses a variety of writing features (interviews, sidebars, tours, essays, and recipes) along with unique illustrations and maps to convey America's fascinating agricultural story. The book reveals the intimate relationship between a state's agriculture and its overall identity. America's oldest farm state, Virginia has a fascinating

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The Best of Virginia Farms uses a variety of writing features (interviews, sidebars, tours, essays, and recipes) along with unique illustrations and maps to convey America's fascinating agricultural story. The book reveals the intimate relationship between a state's agriculture and its overall identity. America's oldest farm state, Virginia has a fascinating farming history. In addition to the expected crops, readers will also find information on wine and spirits, Christmas trees, and Virginia's famous horse farm industry. Whether it's a tour of Virginia's historic plantations or a traditional holiday recipe from Colonial Williamsburg, The Best of Virginia Farms will provide a unique perspective on the Old Dominion. Filled with fun and practical how-to information, thisbook will inspire readers to prepare a recipe, take a tour, or enjoy a new product they have never tried. Promising to enrich the spirit, this book taps into the traditions and mystique that surround farming in Virginia and celebrate the family bonds and rugged individuality of rural life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897324168
Publisher:
Menasha Ridge Press
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Series:
Best of American Farms Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.98(d)

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Fish and Shellfish Introduction
As the sun rises and its coppery reflection shimmers on Chesapeake Bay, Virginia's "watermen" (commercial fishermen) are already on their job of landing 500 million pounds of seafood a year. Soon they will point their skipjacks (historic bay sailboats) and oyster boats toward the marshy shores and beckoning sea grasses to deposit their catch.
What's for dinner tonight? Take your pick from almost 300 species: Saltwater fish and shellfish or freshwater fish. Saltwater mixes into the Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. Freshwater flows from the Bay's 48 major rivers and 100 small tributaries. Thus the Bay can support both fresh and marine life forms, plus those that can tolerate fluctuating salt levels.
The great Chesapeake Bay dominates coastal Virginia. Its marshlands offer shelter for millions of migrating waterfowl; its tides nurse the state's network of creeks and rivers. Broad sloughs, coves, wetlands, and tidal ponds intermingle and embrace three lush, green "necks" (peninsulas) cut out by the long, wide mouths of the Potomac, Rappahannock, York and James Rivers.

Meet the Author

The author of five cookbooks, CiCi Williamson has been writing a weekly food
column in numerous newspapers across the country for 21 years. She's also a travel writer and photographer who has visited more than 80 countries and written hundreds of travel articles. But the McLean, Virginia resident always returns home thinking her state is the most beautiful and diverse.

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