Edible Reads: A Culinary History of the Finger Lakes

CulinaryHistoryIn the Edible Reads section of the Holiday issue we focused on books that would make great gifts for people interested in our local food scene. One of the best books we read all year came from one of our regular supporters, Laura Winter Falk of Experience the Finger Lakes. Here’s what columnist Adrienne Martini had to say about the book in her latest article. Look for the book in your local independent bookstores and get it for your foodie friends. 

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By Adrienne Martini

And, so, we reach the time of year when even the most dedicated eater thinks about giving a less perishable holiday gift. Yes, we all love local produce but that bushel of late season kale isn’t as fun to cozy up with in front of the fire once the cold weather comes.

For a stronger food focus, pick up Laura Winter Falk’s Culinary History of the Finger Lakes, which is just what the label says. Not only does Falk, who founded Experience The Finger Lakes with her husband, chat about the region’s history with corn, beans and rice up through the mighty grape, she had local chefs create a dish and wine pairing based on each era. For example, when Falk muses on the region’s apple economy, chef Samantha Buyskes explains her savory apple dumplings. Suzanne Stack offers up a late summer tasting menu for the chapter about the locavore movement.

Adrienne Martini, who blogs at www.martinimade.com, would not be opposed to a long winter’s nap.

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