The Wild Table: Seasonal Foraged Food and Recipes (Hardcover)
A captivating cookbook by a renowned forager of wild edibles-with more than one hundred sumptuous recipes and full-color photographs.
In the last decade, the celebration of organic foods, farmer's markets, and artisanal producers has dovetailed with a renewed passion for wild delicacies. On the forefront of this movement is longtime "huntress" Connie Green, who sells her gathered goods across the country and to Napa Valley's finest chefs including Thomas Keller and Michael Mina.
Taking readers into the woods and on the roadside, The Wild Table features more than forty wild mushrooms, plants, and berries- from prize morels and chanterelles to fennel, ramps, winter greens, huckleberries, and more. Grouped by season (including Indian Summer), the delectable recipes-from Hedgehog Mushroom and Carmelized Onion Tart and Bacon-Wrapped Duck Stuffed Morels, to homemade Mulberry Ice Cream- provide step-by-step cooking techniques, explain how to find and prepare each ingredient, and feature several signature dishes from noted chefs. Each section also features enchanting essays capturing the essence of each ingredient, along with stories of foraging in the natural world.
The Wild Table is an invitation to the romantic, mysterious, and delicious world of exotic foraged food. With gorgeous photography throughout, this book will appeal to any serious gatherer, but it will also transport the armchair forager and bring to life the abundant flavors around us.
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Praise for The Wild Table: Seasonal Foraged Food and Recipes…
"I'm crazy for The Wild Table because it goes right to the source of all good edibles-the plants that grow happily all by themselves outside the garden walls where they figure out how to live with no help from us humans at all. I have long loved eating wild foods, but this book goes far beyond a causal love affair. It's a work born out of deep commitment, passion, and enthusiasm for the edible wild plant world, a world we'd all do well to know much more about. Kudos to both authors!"
-Deborah Madison, Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers markets
"A useful, essential, full-of-joy book with delectable recipes, The Wild Table brings me back to my youth, my family, and our Sunday meal of nettle (ortie) soup and field mushrooms (rosT) that my mother served with her chicken with cream sauce."
-Jacques PTpin, author of Fast Food My Way
"The foundation of every cuisine is great ingredients. Connie's passion for foraging comes through in the amazing foodstuffs she provides chefs by bringing the wild bounties of Northern California into our kitchens."
-Grant Achatz, chef and co-owner of Alinea restaurant
"Connie has really opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of foraged foods and wild mushrooms. Her knowledge and passion have shaped me over the years to be a better chef, an inspiration she has stirred in countless other chefs around the country. The Wild Table truly delivers her amazing devotion to all things wild."
-Donald Link, author of Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donald Link's Louisiana (winner of James Beard Award for American Cooking)
"Sarah Scott has for over 20 years cooked deliciously for us. She is a creative sensitive talented chef inspired by what the season brings in the garden or what she finds in the outback. The Wild Table is full of her incredible recipes, and it is a delicious cookbook."
-Margrit Mondavi, author of The House of Mondavi