Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Giveaway!: The Locavore Way by Amy Cotler

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I will extend the contest to Sunday at 4:00PM EST! 

As promised, now that I have reached 400 followers on Twitter I am doing my first giveaway! One of you will win a copy of Amy Cotler's The Locavore Way. Just in time for the height of Farmer's Market season you will have an amazing resource for the best ways to find and enjoy local ingredients.
The Locavore Way at the green market

Cotler's book is a powerful petite volume full of tips and tricks for finding the best local produce and getting the most out of it when you bring it home. I purchased the book last summer during my trip to Portland and it has helped me relearn how to shop and eat locally. Cotler includes great lists such as: "15 Ways To Become a Locavore," "Ways to Make the Most of your CSA Bounty," and a full list of local fruits and vegetables in "Play With Your Food." Many, like the one below, are perfect for copying and posting on the fridge as a reminder to eat and shop locally.

Beginning with a history of Farmer's Markets, U-Pick stands and CSAs, Cotler gives a great overview of today's options with an appreciation of how we came to them. While reading through the book you will find yourself becoming a greater proponent of locavory and learn new ways to seek out the produce growing nearest to you. 

15 Ways to Become a Locavore (click to enlarge)
In going beyond shopping the market, Cotler encourages readers of The Locavore Way to get in the kitchen and maximize the bounty of the market. In "At Home with Local Foods" you will learn how to enjoy your goods. Cotler includes tips for changing the way a shopper thinks about their groceries. By setting up a kitchen and mindset for locavory, devouring the harvest will come with ease. "Open Recipes and Improvisations" is a section that provides exactly the type of recipes a local shopper needs. Since buying what's around means not going out to a market to buy fresh spinach in the middle of winter that was grown in California when you live in the Northeast, flexibility is key. Cotler offers recipes that encourage substitution based on what is in season. She even includes a section on how to dine out as a locavore and what to look for in restaurants.

The book is rounded out with tips for growing your own food and becoming an advocate for local food. The appendix is a a go-to source featuring a glossary of food terminology, a timeline of local food, and websites and books for more information. 

The Locavore Way is a powerhouse of knowledge for anyone trying to do better at eating locally and learn more about the very essence of the local food movement. 

Follow Amy Cotler on Twitter: @locavoreway

"Like" the book on Facebook: The Locavore Way
Now for the Giveaway!

To be entered for a chance to win a copy of The Locavore Way, a Strand reusable tote and bookmark:

Leave a comment on this post telling me where you would LOVE to live based on what your favorite foods are and why (it may be where you already live).
Use Sustainable Table to explore different states and when your favorite fruits and veggies come into season (if they grow there!). 

An example: I often think about moving to southern California because they have bountiful produce available locally year round-- but particularly because all the ingredients for guacamole literally grow on trees there!

Entries must be submitted by 7pm EST on Friday, June 17th.
I will select my favorite entry and announce the winner on the summer solstice, Tuesday, June 21st. 

Be creative, think local and have fun!
Contest open to US residents only. Giveaway is not sponsored by Amy Cotler or The Strand. 


Lo said...

I've always wanted to move to California so I could have a lemon tree. Not only are they beautiful but lemons are so versatile, I could literally go to my back yard and pick a fresh lemon to use in every meal. Growing up in Minnesota, I was always bummed it was never warm enough year around to grow citrus trees.

Neal said...

I am very happy living in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. With bounty of Anison Grits, Carolina Gold Rice, local shrimp and mustard based bbq sauce, life is great. Not to mention the social event of Oyster Roasts, not to be missed.

Marnely Rodriguez said...

This definitely looks like a great book! Congrats on the 400 followers!

The Culinary Librarian said...

Thank you, Marnely! It is a great book. Really helpful.

Felicia Reilly said...

I love living here in the NW as we have yummy salmon, berries, apples and lots of great produce. But it was great to live in CA with the year round farmer's markets. Things get kind of bleak here from about Nov-March!

Love the blog, cuz!

Ann said...

I would love to live in southern Italy! Fields to grow durum wheat and olive groves would mean amazing dishes with pasta and world class olive oil! The availability of fresh citrus fruits and the many vineyards would be added bonuses!

Jeremy said...

Tuscania, Italy is where I'd live. I'd wake up every morning and pick a fresh persimmon from the 100 year old tree outside my front door. I'd walk up a winding road to my friends olive groves and proceed to take part in the 'dance of the tarps' as we harvest the caninio olives. After a trip to the mill I'd sit down and enjoy a meal of wild boar prosciutto, freshly milled olive oil, hand made pasta and grilled vegetables fresh from the garden. Dessert would be some just picked prickly pears drenched in balsamico that is older than Italy is unified.

That would be wonderful!

Oh, wait, I've already done that! I need to do it again!