Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook
Seasonal Foods, Simple Recipes, and Stories from the Market and Farm
Now in its sixth printing!
No matter where you live, the award-winning The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook will inspire you to head out to your own farmers’ market and discover its treasures!
Amelia’s book is really three volumes in one: gleanings from the culture of farming; a guide to produce, meats, and cheeses found at this extraordinary market; and a great cookbook. — From the Foreword by Deborah Madison
A regional market with national presence, the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market has long inspired both renowned chefs and home cooks. For more than twenty years, Amelia Saltsman has shopped its stands, talked with its farmers, and cooked its magnificent produce for family and friends. The result is The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook (Blenheim Press, August 1, 2007), a celebration of the market’s excellence and its hardworking farmers.
What’s the difference between white and green zucchini? What are amaranth, sapote, and ramps? With Amelia as your guide, you’ll learn the answers to these questions and more. In these pages, you’ll find advice on how to select and store produce, stories about farmers and their crops, chef and farmer cooking tips, and over 100 of Amelia’s simple, tempting recipes including:
- Fava Bean and Pea Shoot Salad
- Classic Tomato Soup with a Goat Cheese Swirl
- Black Cod with Green Tomatoes
- Roast Leg of Lamb with Oil-Cured Black Olives and Herbs
- Seared White Nectarines with Burnt Honey
- Meyer Lemon Sundaes with Cara Cara Oranges
Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook Summer Entertaining (ebook)
Carefree Cooking for Family and Friends
This seasonal “bite-size package” offers three menu chapters, each with recipes, entertaining tips, wine suggestions, shopping lists, and a countdown plan. There are also sections on how to shop at a farmers’ market, suggestions for useful kitchen tools and pantry items, and basic cooking techniques, as well as the Roasted Seasonal Vegetable Primer, an indispensable master recipe tool for every home cook. Illustrated with food photography by Staci Valentine, the book showcases the best of summer foods.
Whether readers want an elegant supper or casual barbeque, or to know what to serve on a night perfect for sipping rosé, they will find out here. Each menu includes an appetizer, first course, main dish, accompaniments, and dessert that complement each other in flavor and preparation time. Cooks can prepare all the recipes for an extravagant lunch or dinner, or use just two or three for a simpler meal.
Having entertained “market-style” for years, Amelia offers her strategies for balancing it all while producing a special meal: plan, shop, work, cook, visit with guests, and embrace the “carpe diem” philosophy of seasonal ingredients.
Using one market as a lens, Amelia gave us the tools to shop and cook in season in her first, best-selling book. Now she shows us how to bring that knowledge to stress-free entertaining. Delicious ingredients give us the confidence to entertain. When we start with foods that were raised for how they were grown, all that is needed is a bit of technique to bring out their best. Wherever readers live, they will enjoy serving such simple showstoppers as:
- Roast Halibut Loin with Black Olives and Summer Herbs
- Cherry and Almond Salad
- Green Zebra Tomato Gazpacho
- Easy Peach Pavlova