Celebrate the Rain
Celebrate the Rain is our most recent cookbook, published in April 2004 and awarded the Tabasco Community Cookbook Award (West Region). From the introduction:
“The rain for which Seattle is so well known, that some prefer to call “liquid sunshine,” is a major reason for the wondrous bounty of foods we celebrate in this book. The culinary riches of the Northwest include a rainbow of crops that make menu planning in the Emerald City a treat: asparagus and pears, lentils and sweet onions, cherries and Asian greens. The list includes exceptional wine grapes: Washington is the second largest producer of wine in the country and home to more than 270 wineries.
When autumn rain begins, the lush green forests produce exquisite wild mushrooms. In summer, families flock to U-Pick berry farms just outside the city to pluck their share. This city of the Puget Sound harbors oysters, clams, mussels, Dungeness crab and plenty of fish for our dining pleasure.
Dozens of neighborhood P-Patch gardens and farmers’ markets turn out amazing fresh-as-it-gets food. Longtime locals, and newcomers, too, secretly relish the blustery storms of Seattle, which draw us to the home fires and perhaps a relaxing Saturday afternoon baking treats with our children or cooking a fancy dinner for friends. There is, indeed, plenty of reason to celebrate the rain and the array of foods it provides us in the Northwest.”
Celebrate the Rain includes over 175 recipes, including appetizers, brunch, soups and salads, pasta and seafood, poultry and meat, side dishes, and desserts.