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Leeks: An Excerpt with Recipes from Wild Flavors

“Leeks are long, slim, and glamorous…Cut straight through a leek and you can see the layers of white and green rings, like concentric growth rings of a tiny sapling.” – From Wild Flavors.

Something amazing happened as soon as chef Didi Emmons, met eccentric farmer Eva Sommaripa — whose garden of uncommon herbs, greens, and edible “weeds” feeds many a famous restaurant in the Northeast. Not only did Eva’s Garden become Didi’s refuge and herb-infused Shangri-La, the two women also forged a lasting friendship that has blossomed and endured over time. Wild Flavors, a cookbook filled with unexpected ingredients and surprising delights, is the fruit of that friendship. From new twists on old favorites like dill and sage, to recipes using plants you probably pass by each day and disregard as weeds — like “invasive sorbet” made from tangy Japanesse knotweed — Wild Flavors will wake up your tastebuds and give you new inspiration for a tasty and sustainable locavore life. More than just recipes, Wild Flavors includes profiles on each plant with information about growing them, stories from Eva’s Garden, and preparation tips. Here’s a section about the lovely leek, perfect with potatoes and sumptuous in soups: Leeks – Plant Profile and Recipes from Wild Flavors


10 Books to Curl Up With This Winter

William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading […] Read More..

Top 8 Chelsea Green Books the Self-Styled Oregon Militia Should Read

The ongoing armed militia occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon is showing no signs of ending — so, rather than send them snacks, or sex toys, we had an idea: Send them a book! Better yet, send them several Chelsea Green books. Don’t worry, we’ve picked five key titles that we think […] Read More..

Tracing the History of Cheddar with Cheesemonger Gordon Edgar

Cheddar is the world’s most ubiquitous and beloved cheese. You can find it nearly everywhere from macaroni and mousetraps to McDonald’s and mansions. Any cheese with so many fans has a story to tell, and Gordon Edgar is just the cheesemonger to tell it.In his book, Cheddar, Edgar traces the unexplored history of America’s most iconic cheese. Traveling […] Read More..

Winter Survival Tips From Mat Stein

Now that temperatures have started to dip below freezing and most folks living in colder climates have witnessed their first snow flurries of the season, it’s time to get serious about winter preparedness. Make sure you are ready for stormy weather and extreme cold on your next road trip with these winter driving tips from […] Read More..

A Book for the Fruit Nerd on Your Holiday Gift List

Have a fruit enthusiast on your holiday shopping list this year? Then give the gift that Booklist calls, “a thorough investigation of one wonderful fruit”—The Book of Pears by Joan Morgan.Sure cherries, plums, peaches, and other fruits have their unique qualities, but nothing quite compares to the pear’s luscious texture, richness of taste, and fragrance reminiscent […] Read More..
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