The Portland Farmers Market Cookbook: 100 Seasonal Recipes and Stories that Celebrate Local Food and People could have been just a sly marketing publication, but thankfully, it's nowhere close. It's more of a sort of Oxford Companion to Portland farmers markets.
You'll find tips straight from the mouths of farmers for identifying the best Pacific Northwest produce—from cherries, to artichokes—and recipes straight from those who likely know the farmers markets better than anyone: local chefs and restaurant owners. These include recipes from Beast, Holdfast, Imperial, Ned Ludd, Olympia Provisions, Oven and Shaker, Tastebud, and more, and they're organically organized to take you through the seasons.
In the introduction, none other than Cory Schreiber, the legendary chef and founder of the former Wildwood restaurant, often credited with putting "Pacific Northwest" dining on the map, shows how he developed a close relationship with the Portland Farmers Market in the early 1990s (recipe by Schreiber featured below). As a counterpoint, The Country Cat's Adam Sappington, whose own cookbook, Heartlandia, was a 2016 James Beard Award finalist, shares the state of the farmers markets today.
Farmers and food artisans also weigh in with their favorite recipes for the very products they grow and/or make. For instance, you'll find a recipe for Choi Kimchi Company's Quick Radish Kimchi.
The Portland Farmers Market Cookbook is published by Sasquatch Books and authored by Ellen Jackson, a long-time board member of the Portland Farmers Market, and it hits shelves May 24. Take it for a spin now in the preview below. It is currently available for pre-order on the Portland Farmers Market website, and it will be sold at all Portland Farmers Markets beginning this Wednesday.
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[Spreads provided by Sasquatch Books]