This second in Hippocrene's line of state cookbooks is a comprehensive look at the incredibly diverse and bountiful state of New Jersey. The author captures the essence of the Garden State by profiling some of its most interesting farms, including a vineyard, a buffalo ranch, and a trout hatchery. More than 100 simple easy-to-follow recipes feature products from the profiled farms, making the direct but often overlooked connection between farmers and cooks. Recipes such as Chicken Vindaloo, Italian style stewed Peppers, and Portuguese Kale Soup also reflect New Jersey's ethnic diversity. An ingredients glossary and a shopping guide are also included.
Born in Brooklyn, Brian Yarvin's passion for food began with childhood visits to such places as Pennsylvania Amish Country and New York City's Chinatown. In addition to his work as a professional photographer, Yarvin is a food writer and an instructor of food and commercial photography at the Washington School of Photography in Bethesda, Maryland. He currently resides in Edison New Jersey with his wife Maria.