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Always in Season (softcover)

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

Paperback, 192 pages, Cookbook

ISBN: 978-1-939017-99-4

Availability: In stock


About this Book:

Always in Season gives you delicious recipes you can prepare the same day you come home from the market with a bag full of local produce. Elise Richer takes you through each month of the year, highlighting 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 hours 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 in creative and delicious ways.
  • 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.

Maine author's cookbook highlights in-season cooking

Maine author's cookbook highlights in-season cooking

From summer squash and eggplant to kohlrabi and fiddleheads, a seasonal cookbook by Maine author Elise Richer gives readers a month-by-month look at ideas for using local ingredients in their cooking all year-round.

Richer’s book “Always in Season,” originally published in 2013, was recently released as a paperback edition from Islandport Press, and it is available in the Close to Home section of Hannaford stores in Yarmouth, West Falmouth, Westbrook and Scarborough.

Richer of Portland was inspired to write the book after hearing someone lament more dried beans while picking up a farm share one winter.

“I feel like it’s very easy to write a farmers market book in California, but when you are looking at another box full of beets, turnips and cabbage … I felt like that was more of a niche that hadn’t really been filled,” said Richer.

Divided by months, each chapter features four to six ingredients that can be found locally in New England at that time of year. Recipes range from maple custard pie to kale and chickpea soup, and they reach a range of tastes and appetites. Richer said that narrowing down which ingredients to feature was among the hardest parts of writing the book.

“It’s sort of the whole challenge of eating in season in New England. I had to spread things out. Like, I think, some of the months it’s like maple syrup or honey because there’s nothing in season,” said Richer. Other months, there’s so much in season that it was hard to choose just a few.

“We tried to do a balance [of more well-known and less common ingredients]. Well, we could do all obscure vegetables, but that’s too much on the obscure side,” said Richer

In June, recipes for asparagus, kale, peas and sunchokes usher in summer’s bounty. And in October, Richer highlights Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, parsley, pears and raspberries. She hopes that when readers use her book, they’ll be flexible in their cooking, trying new things but also adapting the recipes to fit their needs.

“I hope people won’t be afraid [to cook different foods],” Richer said.

Over the past few years, Richer said that the response to the cookbook has been positive.

“A lot of people tend to say thank you because I think the recipes cover some of those obscure vegetables that it’s hard to find a recipe for,” said Richer.

This article first appeared on Bangor Daily News, September 24, 2015.

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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