Friday, April 18, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Farmers Market showcased in new cookbook

Craig Lee lines up a shot for "The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook" with authors Georgeanne Brennan, center, and Ann M. Evans. The cookbook will be published in March, but gift cards for a signed copy will go on sale at the market booth on Saturday, Nov. 26. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

By
From page A1 | November 08, 2011 | Leave Comment

Details

What: “The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook” by Georgeanne Brennan and Ann M. Evans

When: Will be published in March; gift cards redeemable for signed copies may be purchased at the Davis Farmers Market beginning Saturday, Nov. 26

Where: Market booth in Central Park, Fourth and C streets

Sneak peek: www.davisfarmersmarketcookbook.com

When The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook (Mirabelle Press, $24.95) is published in March, home cooks will find a unique, food lover’s point of view, close to home.

Co-authors Georgeanne Brennan and Ann M. Evans deliver a truly personal voice that sings the praises of California’s small farms and one of California’s first and foremost farmers markets.

Brennan has 30 cookbooks and garden books to her credit, as well as a memoir, “A Pig in Provence.” She’s won a Julia Child Award for her book, “Apertif,” and a James Beard Award for “The Food and Flavors of Haute Provence.” She also writes for newspapers and magazines, including the San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, Bon Appetit and Fine Cooking.

Brennan said her writing draws upon personal experiences and insights, with her own vision.

“As Ann and I structured the book, we opted for a dual voice in the recipe head notes, which are really the essential element of a readable cookbook — the kind you take to bed or to the beach,” she said.

Together, they created a cookbook that is authentic on multiple levels — recipes, memory and history, all within the context of the farmers and the market.

“Hopefully the end result will be a conversation between friends that readers will enjoy,” Brennan said.

Evans is co-founder of Davis Farmers Market and the Davis Food Co-op and a former mayor of Davis. In the 1970s, she was instrumental in developing regulations governing California certified farmers markets. She describes writing the cookbook as a labor of love.

“Working directly with seasonal food from the market or my garden is how I express my artistic nature,” she said. “I love the color, the smell, the alchemy of food and cooking.”

She calls the cookbook a longtime dream of sharing easy, seasonal and flavorful recipes based on the Davis Farmers Market.

“It feels like a love letter from me to Davis, Yolo County and the Sacramento region,” Evans said.

She and Brennan have been writing together for eight years, starting with a cover story for the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine titled “Yolo’s Bounty: How a Quiet Farming County became a Gastronomical Powerhouse.”

For six years, they have written the monthly “From the Ground Up” column for The Davis Enterprise.

Brennan is acting as producer for the book, scheduling the many players — photographer, designer, copy editor and art director. The authors chose award-winning photojournalist Craig Lee, who won recognition from the National Press Photographers Association and Pictures of the Year for his work at the San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle.

Lee worked with teams of editors, writers and designers who created the Chronicle’s food and wine section, recognized as the best in the nation in 2004, 2006 and 2007 by the James Beard Foundation.

He said he’s enjoyed discovering what a great farmers market Davis has.

“My goal was to capture the atmosphere of the Davis Farmers Market through the different seasons and the recipes that go with them,” Lee said.

Kristine Brogno, an award-winning art director/graphic designer who is design director of Children’s Publishing for Chronicle Books in San Francisco, directed the book’s graphic design.

With a full-time job and two young children, she says she rarely takes on freelance work.

“But this project was too interesting to pass up! It combines many of the things my family tries to incorporate into our everyday lives — healthy eating, sustainable practices and building strong communities,” Brogno said. “On top of that, I get to work with two amazing and powerful forces in the foodie world — Ann and Georgeanne.”

Brogno added, “The book is not only a celebration of seasonal foods, it’s a celebration of a thriving, vital community market as well as California farms.”

Brennan and Evans brought in Sharon Silva, a renowned freelance book editor who lives in San Francisco, to provide editorial direction, and who has edited many of Brennan’s cookbooks.

Brennan’s daughter Ethel, a professional prop stylist for cookbooks, advertising and catalog companies, handled the art direction, guiding the food and prop styling.

Chez Panisse founder and food activist Alice Waters wrote the cookbook’s foreword. Davis Farmers Market manager Randii MacNear penned “Reflections of a farmers market manager.”

The cookbook features more than 80 recipes, plus more than 50 full-color photos of the market, small farms and prepared dishes. There are eight recipes to adapt to any season, followed by four chapters — one for each season — each with about 20 recipes that will take a meal from start to finish.

MacNear said the market plans to use the cookbook as a platform for events throughout 2012, including book launch events; “Cookbook Day at the Market” with book-signings at the start of each season; and monthly cooking demonstrations featuring cookbook recipes.

Locals can get a sneak peek of the cookbook at www.davisfarmersmarketcookbook.com. The market will begin selling gift cards, redeemable for a signed copy of “The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook,” on Saturday, Nov. 26, at the market shed, and continue selling the cards until the book is released in March.

“When it makes its debut in March, ‘The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook’ is going to rate a top spot on bookshelves of home cooks and farmers market lovers everywhere,” MacNear said.

— Shelly Keller is marketing and events manager for the Davis Farmers Market. Reach her at dfmpr@dcn.org

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

News

Going green at church, school, everywhere

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Former caretaker convicted of murder, elder abuse

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1, 4 Comments | Gallery

Old friend helps Brad and others find kidneys

By Dave Jones | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Chuck Rairdan joins school board race

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1, 3 Comments

 
Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 8 Comments

 
For the record

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

UCD to host Global Health Day event

By Cory Golden | From Page: A2

 
Need a new best friend?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
‘Hitchhiking’ dog looking for new home

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Online K-12 school holds info night

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Volkssporting Club plans North Davis walks

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Schwenger lawn signs available

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

Volunteers needed for Grad Night

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Davis grad makes rain collection a business

By Jason McAlister | From Page: A4 | Gallery

A few spots left on history tour

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Chipotle fundraiser boosts Emerson tech upgrade

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Event to provide nature scholarship

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Students have new options on leasing front

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Groups join for a day of service

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

 
NAMI backers walk in Sacramento

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

 
Food for the hungry

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

.

Forum

Dad makes mom look bad

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

 
Early help is a great investment

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

More tax money? Answer the question

By Rich Rifkin | From Page: A6, 20 Comments

 
UCD IS responsible for students

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 6 Comments

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

In search of great ideas

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

 
Please keep the nursery open

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

.

Sports

Sharks double up Kings in Game 1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Aggies lose a slugfest in opener at Riverside

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

Fox coming to UCD; Riffle heads to Florida

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

 
DHS’ Golston goes full-bore on the diamond

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Devils show more life in loss to Mitty

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
DYSA roundup: Intensity has big week; 10U games dominate schedule

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Sports briefs: Aggies set the academic bar high

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
Pro baseball roundup: Susac sends Sacramento to a rare loss

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

.

Features

.

Arts

‘Transcendence’: A whole new level of tedium

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
‘The Bloom’ paves way for Whole Earth Festival

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

DHS tribute to Tony Fields slated for April 25-26

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
UCD, city team up for Music on the Green

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

.

Business

Ford turns its Focus to domestic market

By Ali Arsham | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Friday, April 18, 2014

By Creator | From Page: A9

 
.

Real Estate Review

Featured Listing

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER1

Professional Services Directory

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER2

Lyon Real Estate

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER3

Yolo FCU

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

Acacia at Huntington Square

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

Jamie Madison

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

Travis Credit Union

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER5

Kim Eichorn

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER6

Suzanne Kimmel

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER6

Lynne Wegner

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER7

Kim Merrel Lamb

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER7

Patricia Echevarria

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER8

Chris Snow

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER8

Andrew Dowling

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

Sheryl Patterson

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

Don Guthrie

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

Coldwell Banker

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER10

Coldwell Banker

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER11

Julie Partain & Dick Partain

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER12

Heather Barnes

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER12

Malek Baroody

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER13

Willowbank Park

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER14

Karen Waggoner

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER14

Team Traverso

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

Julie Leonard

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

Tim Harrison

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

Tracy Harris

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER16

Lori Prizmich

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER16

Raul Zamora

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER17

Joe Kaplan

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER17

Coldwell Banker

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER18

Open House Map

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER19

F1rst Street Real Estate

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER20