Chronicle Books, $24.95, 208 pages
For many, Farmers’ Market season is the best time of year. In some areas, you may be able to find year-round markets. Though focused on markets throughout California, the seasons of fruit follow the same pattern. The idea of living more sustainably by shopping and eating locally is very popular. If you can’t live on a farm to experience eating fresh, visiting the Farmers’ Market on a regular basis can help to educate you and perhaps help to gain an appreciation for farmers and shopping locally in season. That’s what this cookbook does for desserts. It’s important to know the freshest fruits have fuller flavor when they are in season. This cookbook helps focus on how being sustainable can also be delicious when it is time for dessert. It’s time for all of us to look up our local Farmers’ Markets and note them on our calendars. For Portland, berry season is just around the corner!
Reviewed by Janet Wright