Thursday Giveaway: Serving Up the Harvest

Giveaway: Five copies of Serving Up the Harvest: 175 Simple Recipes Celebrating the Goodness of Fresh Vegetables by Andrea Chesman, published by Storey Publishing
Find it: Buy Serving Up the Harvest for $11.53 at Amazon.com

It's September and harvest is in full swing. There's more zucchini than you know what to do with, tomatoes bursting out of gardens, and yams just waiting around the corner. You need a guide to these vegetables and a little help in getting the most out of them while they're at their peak! Enter this book from Andrea Chesman and Storey Publishing - seriously one of the best seasonal cooking guides we've found yet.

We see a lot of cookbooks every season, and they tend to blur into each other after a while. Many are "seasonal" and "fresh" and while they're great we don't feel that they offer much new. This book is different. We reach for it all the time. And yet it's not the novelty of the information but the simplicity and well-organized helpfulness that makes it so appealing.

The book has a quote on the back from Molly Stevens, who calls it an "an edible tour of the growing seasons." This is a perfect description.

It's organized in big chunks by season: Spring Into Summer, early summer, late summer, and Fall Into Winter. Each season has chapters about a vegetable prominent that time of year. Late summer, for instance, has sections on fennel, okra, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes. There are great recipes (look for a sample tomorrow!) to go with each, as well as sides and dressings that complement the vegetables. There are hints, tips, and equipment recommendations.

Overall, this is a perfect book for those of us just checking out a CSA for the first time or trying to eat seasonally in a more systematic way. Go to your CSA pickup with this in hand!

We're giving away five copies today as we plow through Home Cooking month - we hope it inspires some readers to use their fresh produce in even better ways. We love this book - two thumbs up!

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: The entry process today is twofold. First, fill out the form below with your name and address so we can get the products out to the winners quickly. THEN tell us what's in season where you're at right now. You must submit the form AND add a comment.

Fill out the form AND type a comment in the comment section below by 8:59pm PT/11:59 EST Sunday, September 7, 2008. The five winners will be selected at random. Good luck!

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