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Cookbook Review - EDIBLE: A Celebration of Local Foods

Updated on August 21, 2010

Are you trying to incorporate the idea of eating locally?

This concept is certainly gaining in popularity among individuals and families who are focused on trying to make the most of their food budgets as well as finding ways to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

If you're ready to learn how to eat locally, you'll likely fine EDIBLE: A Celebration of Local Foods to be an excellent addition to your personal cookbook collection.

Written by Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian, cofounders of Edible Communities Publications, this book is an excellent resource for people who want to master the concept of local eating

About EDIBLE: A Celebration of Local Foods

-EDIBLE: A Celebration of Local Foods is much more than just a collection of recipes. In addition to providing readers with instructions for preparing a number of different dishes, it's also packed with inspiring stories of how people are helping expand the local food movement within their own families and communities. It's divided into two different sections: Edible Stories and Edible Recipes.

Edible Stories

The first part of EDIBLE: A Celebration of Local Foods focuses on profiling the efforts of people who are setting examples for local eating in their own communities. It features in-depth stories about local heroes in six different regions throughout the United States and Canada.

Examples of the stories that you'll have an opportunity to read include the experiences of Scott Chaskey, New York- based organic farming expert and information about the popular Texas-based Sprouting Healthy Kids project.

Edible Recipes

The second part f the book contains 80 recipes featuring recipes made from seasonal food from each of the six regions featured in the book. Recipe selections are organized by season and indexed by region, making it easy for readers to locate instructions for preparing delicious dishes based on ingredients that they can expect to find on the shelves of their local farm stands.

Each recipe features detailed ingredient lists and easy to follow instructions that anyone with an interest in cooking can follow. The book also features beautiful food photography, providing readers with an opportunity to preview what they can expect the fruits of their labors to look like upon completion.

Examples of the many delicious recipes you'll find in EDIBLE: A Celebration of Local Foods include:

  • Berry Ricotta Pie
  • Double Chocolate Pear Cake
  • Glazed Lamb Chops
  • Poblanos Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Shrimp
  • Tomato and Ginger Chutney
  • Vermont Cheddar Ale Soup
  • Wild Onion Spinach Tart
  • Many Other Delicious Dishes


Thanks to Wiley Publishers for providing me with an opportunity to review this book.


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  • habee profile image

    Holle Abee 

    8 years ago from Georgia

    I love eating locally grown foods! The book sounds great!

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    Mary White 

    8 years ago from Mobile, AL

    BayouLady - There are 80 recipes. They are all in the second section of the book rather than being sprinkled throughout the text. It's a great book.

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    8 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

    So, are there only 80 recipes, or are they also sprinkled throughout? Good review rated up.


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