Hudson Valley Mediterranean
The Gigi Good Food Cookbook
By Laura Pensiero
(William Morrow & Company, Hardcover, 9780061719172, 317pp.)
Publication Date: August 2009
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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.