paper, 287 pp., $22.95
The Midwest countryside is a valuable source of fresh food for some of Chicago’s top restaurants. Author Anna Blessing reports on her visits to 20 farms that provide newly picked ingredients that appear on the menus of fine dining establishments in the city. Her journal and attractive photographs chronicle each farmer’s work day, as well as their seasonal efforts with livestock and harvesting crops. In addiiton, Blessing offers recipes from both the chefs’ and farmers’ kitchens to encourage readers to acquire a taste for deliciously fresh and original fare.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden