Locavore Adventures: One Chef's Slow Food Journey by Jim WeaverLocavore Adventures: One Chef's Slow Food Journey by Jim Weaver

Locavore Adventures: One Chef's Slow Food Journey

byJim Weaver

Paperback | February 15, 2012

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America’s fast food culture reflects not only what we eat—foods that are processed and packaged for convenience—but also how we eat—munching as we multitask and not really tasting the super-sized meals we ingest. But in recent years, a more thoughtful philosophy about food has emerged. Developed in Italy, where fresh ingredients and artisanal techniques are prized, the Slow Food movement has rapidly gained a following in North America. The skeptics among us might wonder if it is possible truly to enjoy a Slow Food lifestyle—one based around local, seasonal ingredients—in our fast-paced world.

In Locavore Adventures, acclaimed New Jersey chef and restaurateur Jim Weaver shares his personal story of how he came to solve this problem—building a local slow food culture that is ecologically responsible and also yields delicious results. Weaver tells of his odyssey founding the Central New Jersey chapter of Slow Food, connecting local farmers, food producers, and chefs with the public to forge communities that value the region’s unique bounty. More than forty recipes throughout the book, from Hot Smoked Brook Trout with Asparagus Puree and Pickled Cippollini Onions to Zuppa di Mozzarella, will inspire readers to be creative in their own kitchens. Locavore Adventures is a thoughtful memoir about growing a sustainable food culture and a guide to slowing down, savoring locally grown food, and celebrating life.

JIM WEAVER is chef and owner of Tre Piani Restaurant in Princeton, New Jersey, one of the best-known Italian restaurants in the state. The co-founder of Slow Food Central New Jersey, Jim has run some of the top professional kitchens in New Jersey and has also worked in Italy and the Caribbean. He recently served on the board of directo...
Title:Locavore Adventures: One Chef's Slow Food JourneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813551706

ISBN - 13:9780813551708


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Locavore Adventures (Jim Weaver)--Recipe from Tres PianiPignolia Nut–Crusted Sea Scallops with Honey Lemon Beurre BlancJim Weaver, Tre PianiServes 2 as an entrée or more as an appetizerIngredients½ cup pignolia nuts finely chopped¼ cup unseasoned breadcrumbs10 large sea scallops½ cup flourSalt and pepper to taste3 beaten eggs¼ cup olive oilHoney Lemon Beurre Blanc1 cup white wine2 tbsp. honeyJuice of 1 lemon1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley4 tbsp. butter cut into small pieces and chilledMethodMix the pignolia nuts and breadcrumbs together and reserve in a work bowl. Season the scallops with salt and pepper and lightly coat with flour. Dip each scallop in the egg then coat with the nut mixture.Put the wine, lemon, and honey into a saucepan and reduce until only 1/8 cup of liquid is left. Remove from heat and whisk in the butter and parsley. Put aside in a warm, not hot, spot and reserve until ready to serve.Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the scallops. Brown on all sides and remove to a cookie sheet. Finish the scallops in a 350-degree oven until done, approximately 10 minutes.Pour the sauce onto the plate and place the hot scallops on top. Enjoy!!

Editorial Reviews

"We are working to build a different world--one where food and farming are sources of health and well being for all people and the planet; one where food can be good, clean and fair. Jim Weaver sees that that different world is already partially built. Through telling that story, he paints a picture of what is possible."