Agriculture + Environment

Davis Farmers Market cooks up special event for cookbook debut

When the Davis Farmers Market celebrates the debut of “The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook” (Mirabelle Press, 240 pages, $24.95) on Saturday, it will be the first of several Market Cookbook Day events to showcase the publication.

The celebration includes a dedication program from 9:30 to 10 a.m., featuring comments by co-authors Georgeanne Brennan and Ann Evans, Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza, Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, Davis Farmers Market board chair Kate Hutchinson and market manager Randii MacNear.

The authors will sign cookbooks from 10 a.m. to noon. Customers with cookbook gift cards purchased at the market can redeem them at the market shed in Central Park, Third and C streets. However, gift cards purchased at other locations need to be redeemed where they were purchased, MacNear said.

The UC Davis Dining Commons will offer tastes of two recipes from the cookbook: Chicken Braised in White Wine with Peas, and Warm Leek Salad with Oil Cured Olives and Eggs.

The cookbook is packed with full-color photos of local farmers, ranchers and food vendors, the products they bring to market and finished recipes. Award-winning photographer Craig Lee provides a portrayal of local food.

The cookbook also includes “Story of the Davis Farmers Market” by  Evans, as well as “Reflections of a Market Manager” by MacNear.

“The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook” celebrates one of California’s earliest and most renowned markets and the food produced by California’s small farms.

Brennan, an award-winning cookbook author and Winters resident, and Evans, a former Davis mayor and food activist, both sing the praises of the Davis Farmers Market as well as the local food showcased there.

The market is open Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings, year-round.

Brennan and Evans had the idea to write the cookbook about three years ago. Brennan is the author of more than 30 books, winning a James Beard Award for her book, “The Food and Flavours of Haute Provence,” in 1998 for best international cookbook. Her book, “Apertif: Recipes for Simple Pleasures in the French Style,” won a Julia Child Award for best wine or beverage book that same year.

“The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook” documents the story of a pioneering farmers market — established in 1976 — and the local food movement that has swept the nation. Evans and Brennan organized the book to provide people a simple, easy way to cook farm-fresh food throughout the seasons.

The book details eight recipes to adapt to any season, followed by four chapters — one for each season — with each chapter containing about 20 recipes. Chez Panisse founder and food activist Alice Waters wrote the book’s foreword.

MacNear said the cookbook will change how people cook.

” ‘The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook’ is a sumptuous invitation to shop farmers markets everywhere,” MacNear said. “The cookbook will inspire you to be a better cook and farmers market shopper.”

Cookbook signings also are planned:

* Thursday, April 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m., reception and book-signing at Sacramento Natural Foods Coop, $15 benefits One Farm at a Time;

* Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. to noon, Davis Farmers Market; and

* Saturday, June 16, 10 to 11 a.m., Davis Farmers Market.

For a sneak peek at the cookbook visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnvE2YNxuEk&feature=youtube

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