I had the pleasure of working the registration desk at Cass County Garden Day on Easter weekend. I met a couple of new people and enjoyed chatting with them about gardening (and cooking and canning).
One of the bonuses of working the registration desk is that you typically have a little time to shop the vendor booths during the sessions. Of course, this appeals to me. There was a bookseller there, and I found some great books–it was difficult to choose just a couple from all the options.
In the end I settled on a canning and preserving book called Nature’s Bounty that had some interesting things I’d never seen before–things like honey ginger banana butter and a few others that were completely new to me. I’m always looking for new canning recipes, so I was excited about that one.
But the real excitement, for me, came when I saw The Produce Bible. It’s a huge one–it’s going to take lots of perusal time to get through it. But I’m really looking forward to that. It’s all about cooking using seasonal produce, a topic that I know you know is near and dear to my heart. Also, it has a forward by Deborah Madison, who wrote my favorite cookbook, Local Flavors. So I figure it’s got to be pretty good.
We’ve been busy enough the past couple of weeks that I’ve not had a chance to even quickly look through them yet, but I’m really looking forward to spending some time poring over the recipes and marking pages. (Not to mention doing some actual cooking.)