By the Book

Image courtesy Andrews McMeel Publishing

If you’re a local or even just a regular reader of LND, you know that this area has a pretty impressive food scene. Heck, it’s one of the reasons we decided to move here when we left New York for (literally) greener pastures. One thing that has always struck us is how, almost without exception, the chefs and restaurateurs, the farmers, artisans and purveyors, and the writers and photographers who make up the food community here have been so welcoming, genuine, and supportive of each others’ work. I have to believe that’s pretty rare, particularly in a place this small, but it’s a really lovely thing to witness. So when Amy McCoy of Slow Food Rhode Island and the Poor Girl Gourmet blog asked if I’d say a few words about her new cookbook here, I jumped at the chance to show her some love.

I have to admit that Amy and her blog weren’t on my radar until my friend Jen Huntley-Corbin directed me to them a year or so ago, but once I found the site I was hooked. As you read, you can just about picture yourself sitting in the garden, sharing a bottle of wine with Amy and JR, chatting away the hours while the smell of something delicious swirls around you. The book has that same inviting, comfortable feel, with beautiful photos, simple yet refined recipes, and of course, Amy’s warm and witty voice. Full disclosure, Amy has become a friend of mine and I’ve been eagerly cheering her progress through this whole book-making process, so while I may be a little bit biased, I truly believe she has created a winner in the Poor Girl Gourmet cookbook, a great resource for people who are looking to put delicious food on the table without breaking the bank or sacrificing flavor or style.

Roasted Chicken Legs with Olives

The Poor Girl Gourmet cookbook is in bookstores now – check it out, and be sure to make Amy’s Roasted Chicken Legs with Olives. It’s absolutely delicious.

Dinner:  June 1, 2010

*A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher.

9 thoughts on “By the Book

  1. Jen! Thank you – this is so sweet, and you and Mike are a big part of what makes this such a nice community! You do know that you have an open invitation to the garden, right? Fireflies are lighting up like crazy & I have some new recipes up my sleeve! xoxo, Amy

  2. Jennifer Hess says:

    Margie – Thanks!

    Amy – I really think you’ll like it.

    Karin – Enjoy!

    Amy – Thank you, and congrats again on this wonderful accomplishment! We are definitely going to have to make plans to get together, soon 🙂

    brooklynite – Check it out – there are some great recipes and tips in this book.

    Camille – Aw, you’re sweet, thank you. I can barely keep up here, let alone make time to work on a cookbook! In another lifetime, maybe 😉

  3. Camille says:

    It is our loss!! I know what kind of commitment it takes to do the kind of job I know you’d want to do & the $$ it takes to make the final product that you would be proud of. Oh how I wish you could win the lottery (for more than just this reason)!! We’d finally be able to say “we knew her when” & that would be said while each of us held your book in our over-joyous hands! Until then…I’ll continue to enjoy what you share with us…thank you!! Have a fabulous weekend!

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