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Always in Season

Twelve Months of Fresh Recipes from the Farmer's Markets of New England

Hardcover, 192 pages, Cookbook

ISBN: 978-1-934031-69-8

Availability: In stock


About this Book:

Always in Season gives you inviting, approachable, delicious recipes you can prepare the same day you come home from the farmer's market with a bag full of local produce, or find your CSA box full of unfamiliar vegetables. Elise Richer takes you through each month of the year, highlighting a few select ingredients that are in season each month, and giving you fresh ideas on how to use them without having to run to specialty grocery stores for rare ingredients or set aside half a day for prepping and cooking.  

Entrees, side dishes, soups, and baked goods are all featured, showcasing traditional and contemporary ways of using what is available locally, along with recipes from far flung locations which put those same local ingredients to use in creative new ways. A Resources section will help you locate a farmer's market near you, learn how to choose a CSA that's right for you, and guide your decisions for safe and healthy cooking.

  • During summertime's abundance, keep it simple with Blueberry Soup, Seared Scallops and Sunchokes, and Grilled Shrimp and Corn with Cherry Salsa.
  • Mix things up in fall with Skillet Chicken with Pears and Brussels Sprouts, Pumpkin Lasagne, and Brown Sugar Pear Cake.
  • In the short days of winter, you'll appreciate recipes like Pot Roast with Root Vegetables, Leftover Turkey with Garlicky "Mole" Sauce, and Buttermilk Maple Cake.
  • With fresh spring greens in season, try Chive and Buttermilk Scones, Arugula Risotto, and Lobster Salad with Radish Slaw

"Reading this beautifully illustrated book is like being in the company of a savvy friend as she helps you sort out the contents of your CSA basket or your latest farmers' market haul. With a warm, witty, and refreshingly pragmatic voice, Elise Richer has created not just a cookbook but a solution for the common challenge of 'What do I do with all these ______?' This great New England home cooking and a testament to the pleasures and possibilities of eating locally and in season." 
— Amy Traverso, senior lifestyle editor at Yankee Magazine and author of The Apple Lover's Cookbook 

"Elise has captured the unique and outstanding flavor of New England's year-round bounty. I'm excited to see her show how simple and effective techniques, combined with a bold desire to use anything and everything from the farmer's market, can consistently yield healthy, satisfying, delicious meals, while supporting ecologically and socially sound practices to the utmost. New England should rightfully take its place among the great culinary regions of the world, and Elise has helped in no small way to make that case."
— David Scott Levi, chef and owner of Vinland restaurant (Portland, ME)  

"With its clean, efficient style of layout and instruction and its weeknight-friendly recipes celebrating local produce, Always in Season is a must-have for New Englanders who shop the farmers markets, CSAs and farm stands."
— Amy Diaz, The Hippo

Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Our series featuring favorite staff recipes continues in December. Former intern, Elise Ozarowski, shares her top pick from "Always in Season" by Elise Richer:

It's December, and there are tempting treats everywhere! To balance the scales, I decided to try a savory recipe for Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts from Always In Season. The recipe was unbelievably easy to follow, even for a recent college grad who is accustomed to cooking ramen noodles. 

Read the rest of the recipe on our blog.

Portland author and artist celebrate release of new cookbook

Portland author and artist celebrate release of new cookbook

"Always in Season" launch set for Aug. 15 at Portland Museum of Art

Have you ever wandered through the farmer's market, or unpacked your CSA box, and wondered just what you should do with all the kale, celeriac, kohlrabi, or rutabaga? Or stared at the produce section of your local grocer, tired of your usual recipes for corn, tomatoes, potatoes, and carrots?

Always in Season: Twelve Months of Fresh Recipes from the Farmer's Markets of New England brings you inviting, approachable, delicious recipes for fresh and flavorful meals, whether you are shopping at the farmer's market, opening your CSA box, browsing at the grocery store, or enjoying a bounty crop of vegetables from your garden.

Join author Elise Richer and illustrator Teresa Lagrange to celebrate the release of their new cookbook on Thursday, August 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square. The event is co-hosted by the Portland Museum of Art Store and the Portland Museum of Art Cafe. The event will feature a brief talk, book signing, raffle, and light seasonal refreshments. Admission is free.

In this beautifully illustrated cookbook, Richer takes you through each month of the year, highlighting a few select ingredients that are in season each month, and giving you fresh ideas on how to use them. Richer, who lives in Portland, draws upon both her Norwegian heritage and her efforts to please her own family at mealtimes, as well as her professional experience as a commercial baker and bakery owner, to show you how to make the most of what's in season in the Northeast. Dramatic and colorful illustrations by Lagrange, who also lives in Portland, make this a visual feast.

The Portland Museum of Art (PMA), Maine's premier art museum, showcases fine and decorative arts from the 18th century to the present. From Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth to Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet, the PMA features three centuries of art and architecture.

Elise Richer

About this Author

Elise Richer has worked in restaurants, run her own baking business, and cooked many family meals. Her love affair with produce began when she was a teenager growing up in Massachusetts, where she worked at a farm stand ...


About this Illustrator

Teresa Lagrange is an illustrator/graphic designer who lives in Portland, Maine. She enjoys using bright, bold colors in her digital illustrations, but also creates soft watercolors and drawings. A graduate of the Univer...


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