The full bounty of summer is upon us. Each trip to the farmers market brings the tyranny of abundance. Who among us hasn't been swayed by the siren song of that gorgeous flat of berries, or the sunny glow of that pile of crookneck squash, only to realize when you get home that you bought a daunting pile of food?
This Saturday, July 7, I will be doing a video chat with Cheryl Sternman Rule, author of the new book Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables (a collaboration with photographer Paulette Phlipot) and Punk Domestics contributor Paige Grande Bayer, found of SV Local Market and Canning With Kids, to talk about ways to prepare and preserve the best the season has to offer.
I'm very excited for this book. It's one of the most gorgeously shot and written cookbooks I've seen in a long time, a true synergy of writer and photographer, and it approaches produce with such reverence and adoration. And I want you, yes YOU to have a copy of it. We'll be giving away one copy of Ripe to a lucky contestant; here's how you can win:
In the comments on this post, tell us what's in season where you are right now that you want fresh inspiration on how to prepare or preserve. Raspberries? Great. Garlic scapes? Superb. Whatever it is, let us know. Then, we'll pick several items and give our recommendations on what to do with them.
And here's a way to get more chances to win: Click here to tweet about this post, or pin this post on Pinterest (make sure the above image gets pinned so we can find it). All comments, tweets and pins must be logged by midnight PDT, Thursday, July 5 to qualify for entry.
Then, on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm PDT, we'll post a link to the live stream on ToutSuite (you do "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter so you can get all the latest buzz, right?) where you can tune in and watch us. At the end, we'll announce the winner. How much fun is that?
Also, be sure to check out ToutSuite for plenty of other fun, informative and interesting videos with a variety of food and wine makers.
Ready? Set. Go!