Sunday, June 12, 2011

Fantastic Cooking Resource: Harvest Eating

Harvest Eating

This is the website for Chef Keith Snow.  I absolutely love this site.  I've listened to a few lengthy interviews with Keith, and I really like what he is all about.  He started working in the food industry at age 14 (by filling in for a friend as a dishwasher at a family run Italian restaurant).  Years later, Keith was the executive chef at Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado.  Basically, at the edge of burnout, he purchased a farm in western North Carolina and moved the whole family there.

Within a few years, he co-founded the local chapter of Slow Food (I recently wrote a post on Slow Food USA).  He started filming videos on how to cook with local foods and seasonal ingredients.  Most of these ingredients are things you can grow in your own backyard, make at home, or find local farmers producing.  He started the website, Harvest Eating to post the videos, and it has taken off.

Chef Keith Snow, founder of Harvest Eating

The website is really interesting.  There are a bunch of free videos on how to make specific meals, and you can browse by ingredient, meal type, course, or season of the year.  If you want the written instructions, you can become a member (for a fairly reasonable fee... oh, and I make no money if you choose to join).

He has a TV show that looks like it will be really good.  Apparently, they are still in the distribution phase, but you can watch the first episode here:
Episode 101

He has also recently published his first cookbook:
The Harvest Eating Cookbook: More than 200 Recipes for Cooking with Seasonal Local Ingredients

Harvest Eating is a great resource.  Check it out.

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