American Terroir

American Terroir

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Why does honey from the tupelo-lined banks of the Apalachicola River have a kick of cinnamon unlike any other? Why is salmon from Alaska's Yukon River the richest in the world? Why does one underground cave in Greensboro, Vermont, produce many of the country's most intense cheeses? The answer is terroir (tare-WAHR), the qtaste of place.q Originally used by the French to describe the way local conditions such as soil and climate affect the flavor of a wine, terroir has been little understood (and often mispronounced) by Americans, until now. For those who have embraced the local food movement, American Terroir will share the best of America's bounty and explain why place matters. It will be the first guide to the qflavor landscapesq of some of our most iconic foods, including apples, honey, maple syrup, coffee, oysters, salmon, wild mushrooms, wine, cheese, and chocolate. With equally iconic recipes by the author and important local chefs, and a complete resource section for finding place-specific foods, American Terroir is the perfect companion for any self-respecting locavore.Fat. of. the. Land. slow-. ripened. avocados, . michoacAin, . mexico. There. are fruits that act like vegetables (the tomato), vegetables that act like fruits (rhubarb), and then there are fruits that act like space aliens. There you have the avocado.

Title:American Terroir
Author:Rowan Jacobsen
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing USA - 2010-09-10


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