Photos by San Francisco Photographer Craig Lee Featured in New Davis Farmers Market Cookbook

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The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook, featuring photography from award-winning food and wine photographer Craig Lee, is now available for purchase.

Photography by San Francisco-based photographer Craig Lee beautifully describes delicious, locally grown dishes and the vibrant history of the Davis Farmers Market.

Anyone interested in healthy good food and cooking will be interested in this.

Photos by Craig Lee, the award-winning food and wine photographer based in San Francisco, adorn the pages of the recently released Davis Farmers Market Cookbook, which explores the rich history of the local food movement and the art of crafting seasonal meals.

Written by two passionate food writers personally involved with “America’s favorite” farmers market, former Davis mayor Ann M. Evans and James Beard Award winner Georgeanne Brennan, the cookbook includes about 100 seasonal and classic California recipes in four chapters, which are beautifully illustrated with photography from Craig Lee.

“Anyone interested in healthy good food and cooking will be interested in this,” said Craig Lee. “It gives people the chance to discover great recipes and explore the history of one of the first farmers markets in California.”

The authors will be signing copies of the cookbook on June 16, 2012 starting at 10 am at the historic Davis Farmers Market, located at Central Park (3rd and C streets) in downtown Davis near the UC Davis campus.

Additional book signing dates include:

  •     September 15, 10:00-11:00 am
  •     October 27, 10:00-11:00 am
  •     November 10, 10:00-11:00 am
  •     December 15, 10:00-12:00 noon

The cookbook is also available on Amazon.comand through local Davis retailers like The Avid Reader in Davis and Sacramento, Ace Hardware in Davis, Davis Food Co-op, Sacramento Natural Foods Coop and Nugget Markets.

Brennan and Evans wrote all of the recipes as a way to teach cooks of all skill levels easy ways to prepare farm-fresh food year-round. Culinary and lifestyle photographer Craig Lee portrays the market, food and people from a seasoned photojournalist’s point of view, visually describing the vibrant atmosphere and delicious dishes perfectly.

In addition to seasonal chapters, the cookbook features a Basic Recipe section with ten recipes that can be adapted to the changing produce at the market. Each of the four chapters also includes preserving or pickling recipes, such as Fall Chutney, Apricot Jam, and Homemade Ketchup.

The Davis Farmers Market is one of California’s oldest and most renowned markets, which helped pioneer the local food movement when it was established in 1976. It was the first to be named America's Favorite Farmers Market by American Farmland Trust in 2009.

Authors Brennan and Evans are familiar with California’s food culture and the history of the region’s cuisine, which they cover in the cookbook. As partners at the food consulting firm Brennan & Evans, and co-founders of Slow Food Yolo, the California chapter of eco-gastronomic nonprofit Slow Food USA, the pair is well-known in the California food revolution.

Brennan has authored over 30 books, garnering a Julia Child Award and James Beard Award in 1998. She owns a cooking school in Yolo, California and founded Le Merche Seeds, a mail-order seed company, in the 1980’s.

Evans is a renowned food activist, former mayor of Davis, and co-founder of the Davis Farmers Market and Davis Food Co-op.

The Davis Farmers Market showcases food from local farms every Saturday of the year from 8 am to 1 pm rain or shine. From March 21 until October 24, 2012, the market presents Picnic in the Park every Wednesday from 4:30 to 8:30 pm, inviting everyone to bring the whole family, shop the market and enjoy the International Food Faire and beer and wine garden.

For more information about the Davis Farmers Market Cookbook, visit http://www.davisfarmersmarketcookbook.com. For more information about photographer Craig Lee, visit http://www.craigleephoto.com or call 415-218-8597.

About Craig Lee
Craig Lee is a portrait photographer, culinary and lifestyle photographer based in San Francisco. He has worked as a photojournalist for the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle. At the Chronicle, he helped the Food and Wine section gain recognition as the best in the nation four times winning the James Beard Foundation award, the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. His award winning work also earned Craig recognition from the National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year and other associations. His clients now include The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and San Francisco Magazine.

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