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Keep It Seasonal
by Annie Wayte
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William Morrow, 2006 (2006)

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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Cookbook author Annie Wayte believes in using fresh local produce – not tired veggies and fruits that have been shipped thousands of miles and lost their freshness and nutrients. Divided into four sections, Keep It Seasonal has recipes for soups, salads, and sandwiches. Wayte tells us that 'Seasonal produce is more affordable and its flavor and nutritional content are at their peak. Cooking out of season also cheats you of one of eating's greatest joys: the anticipation of that first sun-warmed tomato, freshly dug new potato, or crisp autumnal pear.'

Wayte's enthusiasm for freshness is obvious in the Introduction to her beautiful cookbook. Be sure to read it and catch her joy of cooking with the seasons. She segues into Spring where a list of seasonal items ranges from artichokes to wild salmon. She then blows your mind and taste buds with mouthwatering recipes for soups, salads and sandwiches using that list of fresh seasonal foods. The photo of Watercress Soup with Crème Fraiche could be framed. But I'd rather eat the soup than look at it. Maybe you'd prefer Wild Salmon, New Potato, and Asparagus Salad with Sorrel Dressing. I think I'll have both. Even something as simple as Asparagus and Egg Salad Sandwich will taste better with fresh ingredients.

Summer, Fall and Winter are treated in a similar manner, with suggestions again for soups, salads and sandwiches using the local fresh produce of the season. Imagine the new flavors you will discover and how much healthier you'll be eating, guided by this cookbook. Even the ho-hum BLT takes on a new flavor and taste, and looks divine encased in country style bread. Tips from growers are scattered throughout this glorious, fresh looking book. The craze for miniature vegetables and greens is discussed. Who could resist Roasted Autumn Vegetable Salad with Maple-Cider Dressing? Not me. Where did I put my fork?

There are too many recipes to extol in one review. Keeping It Seasonal would make a great gift - that is, if you can bear to give it up after you buy it.

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