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Out of the Earth

 A Heritage Farm Coast Cookbook

Kerry Downey Romaniello



ISBN 978-0932027-412

144 pages • 7.5” x 10.5”

150 Photographs

Welcome to the Heritage Farm Coast. Spinner Publications is pleased to introduce a 144-page cookbook containing more than one hundred original recipes, 150 color photographs and twelve feature stories about area farms. Out of the Earth tells the story of our region's rich agricultural heritage, innovative farmers and unique food products.

 Author Kerry Romaniello, master chef at Westport Rivers & Vineyards, has compiled a delectable collection of original recipes - some drawn from local chefs and others from farming families - to demonstrate the diversity of uses for native products such as berries, squash, corn, beans, apples, peaches, potatoes, tomatoes, turnips and much more.

Out of the Earth includes a variety of dishes: from exotic masterpieces such as Veal Medallions with Native Peaches and Gorgonzola Cheese to homespun treats such as Westport Macomber Cake and Caramel Apple Spoon Bread. There are fanciful concoctions such as Grilled Leg of Lamb with Honey-Lavender Marinade & Grilled Ratatouille with Oregano Oil, and Grilled Honey and Lavender Dartmouth Scallops on Eva's Pea Greens. And there are traditional standbys such as Baked Pumpkin Bread Pudding, Boston Baked Beans and Cranberry Walnut Bread.

 Accompanying the cookbook is the Heritage Farm Coast Harvest Handbook - a marketplace guide, map and directory telling us where to buy farm products and showing us where they are grown. The handbook will help inform citizens about the economy of buying local.

Out of the Earth: A Heritage Farm Coast Cookbook promotes locally grown farm products, and encourages sellers and consumers to buy local. Each chapter brings to the table foods that are locally produced, using diverse original recipes, either handed down through generations, or developed by today's imaginative chefs. The preservation of the area's strong history as the cradle of American cooking, and its recent resurgence of successful, unique and quality farms are two outstanding reasons why Out of the Earth is destined to become the coastal heritage cookbook for the region. It will enhance appreciation for our farmland and locally grown products, while nourishing the souls of those who enjoy the recipes.

Also available as an eBook!


About the Author

Kerry Downey Romaniello grew up in Padanaram Village in Dartmouth, Massachusetts and began cooking as a child. She spent several summers working in kitchens in southeastern New England and followed her heart to the New England Culinary Institute, where she earned her degree. Kerry’s experience as Sous Chef at Beringer Vineyards in Napa Valley, California introduced her to the art and science of pairing food and wine. During her time at Beringer, Kerry had the opportunity to work with chefs from around the world, including author and instructor Madeleine Kamman.

Kerry and husband Paul, with their sons Alex and Michael, have settled in South Dartmouth. She is the Executive Chef at Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery, displaying her talents at the Long Acre House, the Vineyard’s wine and food education center. Her recipes have appeared in Wine Country Cooking II and Wine Country Cooking with Herbs (Hoffman Press), and her articles have appeared in Spinner V, The Providence- Journal and The Standard- Times. She is an active member of Chefs Collaborative 2000.

The Heritage Farm Coast of Southeastern New England