Hudson Valley Mediterranean
The Gigi Good Food Cookbook
By Laura Pensiero
(William Morrow Cookbooks, Hardcover, 9780061719172, 336pp.)
Publication Date: August 2009
A renowned chef and nutritionist has the recipe for delectable meals with a healthy Mediterranean focus, featuring more than 100 recipes for flavorful, seasonal local food
Hailed as the Napa Valley of the East, New York's Hudson Valley has become a major hub for local foods and agriculture--and Laura Pensiero's acclaimed restaurants are at the center of it all. Customers from near and far flock to Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck (named one of Hudson Valley's best restaurants in Hudson Valley Magazine) and Gigi Market and Catering in Red Hook to dine on Laura's interpretations of traditional Italian dishes that highlight the bounty of the farms, gardens, and artisans of the Valley.
A celebration of the food of the Hudson Valley and the people who grow and produce it, Hudson Valley Mediterranean shows how to use seasonal ingredients to create delectable, nourishing meals. Here are more than 100 easy-to-prepare and cost-effective recipes made with the best ingredients and a touch of Mediterranean flair, including:
Gigi Potato Gnocchi with Northwind Farm Chicken and Pea RaguBaked Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower and ChardFava Bean and Fregola SaladSpring (and Every Other Season) LasagnaSeared Salmon over Spring TrifolatiMr. Mink's Panzanella Salad with fresh herbsStrawberry Mascarpone Tart
This local and seasonal food movement is happening throughout the country, and Pensiero invites everyone to bring these foods into their own kitchens and communities using regional resources--because cooking with fresh food harvested nearby brings pleasure to eating and connects people to their family, friends, and community.
Laura Pensiero is the creator of Gigi Hudson Valley, a broad-based company that celebrates local New York farmers and their products through her restaurant, the influential Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck, New York; her cafÉ and store, Gigi Market in nearby Red Hook featuring Hudson Valley products; and her line of Gigi-branded products. A registered dietician, Pensiero has worked with some of the best health-care institutions in the world, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Strang-Cornell Cancer Prevention Center. She is also a partner in and chef for Just Salad, developing menus and recipes for a rapidly expanding chain of healthful fast-food eateries with locations in New York City and Hong Kong. Named one of five "amazingly gifted and giving food professionals" by O, The Oprah Magazine, Pensiero is the coauthor of The Strang Cancer Prevention Center Cookbook and has developed recipes for The Da Fiore Cookbook, among others. She has written for many magazines, including O, The Oprah Magazine, Prevention, and Today's Diet and Nutrition, and has contributed recipes to Real Simple, More, and Fitness. Her work has also been featured in Cooking Light and Chef Magazine. She is also a board member and educator for Healthy Children Healthy Futures, a national after-school child health program. Pensiero lives in Red Hook, New York.
“People long for more flavor, better nutrition, and beauty on their dinner plates. Laura Pensiero delivers at Gigi Trattoria and she delivers in this book. And you don’t have to live in the Hudson Valley to reap the benefit of Hudson Valley Mediterranean.”
-Amy Goldman, author of The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table and chair of the board of Seed Savers Exchange
“a collection of about 150 recipes with a distinct voice—one of balanced eating, locally sourced foods and fuss-free, straightforward dishes that showcase seasonal ingredients, like the candy-like sweetness of a rustic onion tart in autumn.”
-Albany Times Union
Honorable Mention, Publishers Weekly Best Food Books of 2009