Western North Carolina is an established tourist destination with ski slopes, hiking trails, scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway, national and state parks, and numerous other recreational offerings. The region is also a popular real-estate mecca for retirees and vacation home buyers. These factors, combined with the local food movement that has grown up around the cultural communities in Asheville, Boone, and Blowing Rock, are a welcoming environment for fine dining and an irresistible attraction for a number of remarkable chefs. Chefs of the Mountains: Restaurants and Recipes from Western North Carolina provides a guide to finding these culinary gems, plus the tools to re-create favorite dining experiences in the home. In Chefs of the Mountains, restaurant reviewer and food critic John Batchelor profiles close to 40 well-established and up-and-coming chefs from the region. Drawing from personal interviews, Batchelor reveals each chef's cooking philosophy, influences, and personality. Each profile also includes: a description of the restaurant, its ambience, and sample menu items; color photographs of the chefs, restaurants, and food; and recipes from each chef-such as Fried Green Tomatoes, Chocolate Steak, Prosciutto-Stuffed Pork Chop, Grilled Bison, Cornmeal-Crusted Trout, Jicama-Crusted Mahi-Mahi, Shrimp and Grits, Blueberry Semi Freddo, and Avocado-Jalapeno Ice Cream-formatted and tested for home cooks. In addition, sidebars throughout the book offer information about farms (mostly organic) that sell vegetables and meats to the public as well as to restaurants, unique producers from the region (including two 10-year-old boys who have been completely running their own egg production and sales facility since ages 7 and 8), and stories of a number of people who gave up successful careers in order to return to the land. Batchelor has written about restaurants and travel since 1981. He is the restaurant reviewer for the Greensboro News & Record and formerly for the Winston-Salem Journal. He has also been an educator and a consultant with the Center for Data Driven Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Over 400 of the best hometown recipes from America's Hometown Magazine. American Profile magazine celebrates hometown life in America. Over the years, American Profile has invited readers to send in their favorite recipes for publication, including the stories behind them?tales of recipes passed from generation to generation, traded among dear friends, or created to meet the needs of a family on a budget. In this extraordinary cookbook, you'll find traditional American favorites with a unique twist alongside ethnic creations from around the world, such as: Apple-Sausage Pancakes Prairie-Fire Chicken Strips Holiday Spiced Tea Aunt Lillian's Pumpkin Bread Tamale Soup Pistachio and Pasta Salad Grandma's Swiss Steak Chicken Dumplings Snapper Tropical Lazy Pierogi Apple Cake Tiramisu Torte Also included are helpful tips from American Profile's test kitchen as well as 30 articles on hometown festivals and fairs across the nation that give you a sneak peek into the lives of the ordinary citizens that make up hometown America. Whether it's a simple soup for the family or a full meal for visitors, the American Profile Hometown Cookbook has just the right recipe to make any gathering a special occasion.
Hometown Recipes for the Holidays invites you to pull up a chair to America´s dinner table and enjoy more than 250 cherished family recipes, special memories, and dozens of beautiful photographs. You´ll find the perfect dish for each of your favorite celebrations: New Year´s Day, the Fourth of July, Columbus Day, Passover, Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, President´s Day, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The editors of American Profile have compiled the nation´s most delicious recipes&#8212;straight from their readers&#8212;in this book, which is modeled after the magazine´s most popular section, &#8220;Hometown Recipes.&#8221; You´ll find everything from breakfast with Grandma´s Christmas Casserole and Wake-Up Casserole to the perfect additions to jazz up your buffet, such as Julia´s Fresh Cranberry Relish and Aunt Peggy´s Salmon Pasta Salad, to sit-down dinner options such as Almost Lasagna Zucchini Casserole and Ben´s Swiss Steak. Top it all off with a decadent dessert, such as Butter Rum Cake, or something a little easier, such as No-Roll Sugar Cookies or Quick-and-Easy Family Peanut Brittle, to create an experience that your family and friends will remember for years. American Profile, one of America´s most widely circulated magazines, celebrates hometown life, and in Hometown Recipes for the Holidays editors Candace Floyd, Anne Gillem, Nancy S. Hughes, and Jill Melton do just that.