Kate Harvey (author), Karl Zinsmeister (author), Noah Zinsmeister (photographer); A FINGER LAKES FEAST; McBooks Press (Nonfiction: Cooking) 22.95 ISBN: 9781590136607
Byline: Maria Siano
These more than one hundred recipes from Kate Harvey and her father, Karl Zinsmeister (along with photos by son/brother, Noah), focus on crops from the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York. The family shows its appreciation for the local culture by consulting with two dozen chefs, as well as farmers, residents, and vendors, and delivering a bountiful collaboration that's in keeping with the book's community-oriented theme.
Presented in simple steps, most recipes require only a handful of easily found ingredients. While most can be bought in a grocery store, the authors recommend seeking out local butchers and farmstands to get the most delicious offerings.
Featured are a wide range of breakfast dishes, salads and sides, soups and appetizers, main dishes, and sweets that will appeal to all palates: granola, maple corn pudding, mushroom cauliflower soup, mojito bars, and little ricotta cheesecakes. Some staples are surprising: a fondue uses crabmeat, cheese, and Cajun seasoning; and a pear bread is a twist on the traditional banana bread. Many of the main dishes have been adapted from restaurants (black beans and coconut rice with mango salsa, from Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, and pork tenderloin with peach salsa, from Ports Cafe in Geneva, New York).