Signs of Summer for the Cook

Summer signifies changes in cooking, which is why you find many cookbooks of yore arranged seasonally. If nothing else, the growing trend toward local farmers markets teaches us that seasonality was a major part of culinary life in the past, at least until canning and refrigeration and cheap long-distance shipping appeared. © 2014 C. Bertelsen

Ecstatic in Farmers’ Markets (with a List of Cookbooks at the End)

Not too long ago, driving through the flat land of northern Illinois, I passed near Galena, a charming Victorian town nestled among bluffs and rolling hills near the Mississippi River. Just before arriving in the town, along scenic Highway 20, several small farmers' markets beckoned. Now, truth be told, my hands tingle and my blood…