Master chefs and culinary artists are inspired by their gardens, farms, greenmarkets, & artisanal food makers. Author Leeann Lavin has written a book about the nexus of garden art and culinary art. The blog chronicles the process of producing the first-in-a-series-book: The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook & explores the exciting, burgeoning farm to table movement, food, and local, seasonal, delicious ingredients.
The East End’s Sweet’tauk Holiday Market Fair celebrates its
second year of locally-sourced “Handmade for the Holidays” gifts; featuring “The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown
Cookbook” for all your foodie friends and family.
In addition to my Hamptons
& Homegrown Cookbooks that I autographed especially for Sweet’tauk customers
– there is a tempting list of homegrown artisans to choose from, including the
Amagansett Sea Salt Company, Bonac Bees, East End Fish Prints, Jane’s Garden Pickles,
Montauk Brewing Company, Montauk Community Garden, and Joe & Liza’s Ice
I was introduced to Deb from Sweet’taulk by my foodie friend,
Laura, who writes Out East Foodie. www.outeastfoodie.com
Laura is a homegrown soul-mate and a food connoisseur of all
that is local, edible Long Island.
This is one, sweet Holiday food network!
Thank you, Laura and Deb.I very much appreciate your East End support for our chefs and the
growers and artisanal food makers who inspire them.And for my Homegrown Cookbook.
Be sure to check out Laura's Top Ten Gift ideas, too.
Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook celebrates the distinctive cuisine of Long
Island and the Hamptons.
food stories from the region’s best locavore food chefs and the growers who
inspire their homegrown menus, more than 100 tempting recipes, and stunning
photographs of the iconic dishes, authentic & sustainable ingredients, and
the majestic land and seascapes that are the romantic hallmarks of the area’s
profiles on Long Island’s best pasture-to-plate and fin-to-fork chefs who, with
their dedication to connecting to the land, to using locally grown or
just-caught & seasonal food, produce menus that boast delicious homegrown
Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown restaurants include:
18 Bay, 1770
House, Almond, Amarelle Restaurant, The American Hotel, CoolFish, Cuvee Bistro
& Bar, The Frisky Oyster, Grey Horse Tavern, Jedediah Hawkins Inn, Kitchen A
Bistro, Kitchen A Trattoria, The Lake House, The Living Room, Loaves &
Fishes, Mitch & Toni's American Bistro. Nick & Toni's, North Fork Table
& Inn, Mirabelle Restaurant, Satur Farms, Scrimshaw, Starr Boggs, Swallow,
Vine Street Café
It’s been written: As the movement to eat what is
grown locally gains momentum, there is an increasing awareness of how best to
incorporate this philosophy into our everyday lives. We can grow our own food
and buy food grown locally at food cooperatives and markets, but what happens
when we eat out?
There are a number of chefs
around the country dedicated to using only the freshest, locally grown
ingredients in all the dishes they prepare and serve.
This book takes the reader on
a private tour of outstanding chefs of the Long Island area and their gardens.
Each profile reflects the chef's personal style, cultural background, desire
for healthy, just-picked ingredients, and gardening philosophy. Recipes, and
color photos are included.
Macaroni Kid blogger and Homegrown foodie enthusiast, Ellen
DeFrancesca informed me of our Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook Giveaway.
The winner is Monica W.
I couldn’t be happier for you – and your family and friends
who will also enjoy the Homegrown Long Island Cookbook stories, photography and
recipes from the Island’s best chefs and the growers and artisanal food makers
who inspire them.
Sharing a bit of personal. local commentary, Macaroni Kid
blogger Ellen wrote to me: “The winner
was thrilled when she found out
(I must share the story about how ecstatic I was on my
first-ever win – a full Thanksgiving dinner from Sickles Market the year our
house was under renovation and I had no kitchen!)
“And she actually
lives close by to me so I was able to drop it off. She told me she planned on trying a few
recipes for the holidays.”
Thank you, Ellen and Macaroni Kids entrants for your
enthusiastic support for “The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook”
and all the outstanding chefs, growers, fisherman and butchers and bakers and …
well, all the best of homegrown Long Island.
Happy Homegrown Holidays!
and as a somewhat related sidebar -- I have an autographed book to a "Dear Monica" from a New York Horticultural Society talk and book signing because I was so engaged in conversation with Homegrown fans that I did her signing twice!
So if anyone knows a homegrown Monica, don't hesitate to let me know. We have a cookbook for this lucky lady!
Local Chefs Local Farmers Local Recipes—Leeann Lavin’s Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook was not meant to be filed away and forgotten about among one’s kitchen cookbooks, perhaps because the tome is so much more than just a place to find expertly crafted recipes from some of the finest locavore chefs on Long Island. The Homegrown Cookbook is a piece of culinary journalism, exquisite and extensive in its look at the relationship between Long Island chefs passionate about the local food movement and the growers who inspire them. The Homegrown Cookbook features 28 Long Island restaurants, which each fit into one of the book’s four sections: the Hamptons & South Fork, the North Fork & Shelter Island, the North Shore and the South Shore. Perhaps the most exciting element of the Homegrown Cookbook is Lavin’s inclusion of signature, family heritage, seasonal, as well as new recipes from some of Long Island’s most highly regarded chefs— recipes she said she and her husband have already tested in their Manhattan kitchen. Though The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook is available on Amazon, Lavin said her Long Island adventures are far from over. “It’s like Dorothy says in the Wizard of Oz,’ says the Manhattanite. “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard.”
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As the movement to eat what is grown locally gains momentum, there is an increasing awareness of how best to incorporate this philosophy into our everyday lives. We can grow our own food and buy food grown locally at food cooperatives and markets, but what happens when we eat out? There are a number of chefs around the country dedicated to using only the freshest, locally grown ingredients in all the dishes they prepare and serve. The Hamptons and Long Island Homegrown Cookbook takes you on a private tour of outstanding chefs of the Long Island area and their gardens.
Brimming with food stories from the region’s best real-food chefs and the growers who inspire their homegrown menus, more than 80 tempting recipes, and stunning photographs of the iconic dishes, authentic & sustainable ingredients, and the majestic land and seascapes that are the romantic hallmarks of the area’s food culture.
About the Author: Leeann has worked in restaurants and food catering and cooks with passion, using food ingredients from local NYC Greenmarkets and her herb and farm-ette in the Garden State. She writes a Food & Drink column for Examiner.com and writes two blogs.