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With farmer's markets really picking up in most parts of the United States this time of year, Local Bounty seems so timely. I know, out in the Pacific Northwest, farmer's markets are a year-round affair. But many parts of the U.S. aren't as fortunate. Luckily for us, this book makes the most of available produce (any time of year!) and offers suggestions and substitutions when possible. It's no surprise that the author is Devra Gartenstein, who lives in Seattle according to the back cover, where markets abound. She is also the author of Accidental Vegan, if her name rings a bell with you.
Here's the really good news about this book: no matter what the season, this book has you covered. It opens with general thoughts and an introduction about why eating local is so important. Next comes "A Brief Tour of the Vegetable Kingdom" with info on the plant families, including my favorite: a section on chiles. Some guidelines about vegetable cooking round out the beginning of the book, along with a handy dandy seasoning chart. Then we get to the recipes, which are sorted by season.
If you've got a fruit or vegetable, Devra's got a way to cook it. She even has a scape recipe! That's big news to me since it's the first scape recipe I've ever seen in print. Her recipe style is simple and direct, combining the peak flavors of a season to create easy but delicious dishes. This book would be a great addition to any vegan's collection.
Review excerpted from Vegan Appetite (Blog) 7/5/09 by Tami (http://www.veganappetite.com/2009/07/book-review-and-contest-local-bounty.html)