“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: