Chicago top chefs Rick Bayless and Stephanie Izard know that great cooking starts with fresh, seasonal ingredients. They, along with many other top restaurants, shop at Chicago’s award-winning Green City Market, the city’s premier market for local and sustainable food. The market’s first ever cookbook will be published this month by Agate Publishing of Evanston, Ill. Organized by season, it includes recipes by Bayless, Izard and other leading lights of the Chicago food scene such as Carrie Nahabedian and Sarah Stegner. Market vendors, customers and volunteers like me also contributed their favourite market inspired dishes. I am still thrilled and astonished that my recipe for roasted asparagus lasagna made the book (it’s on page 34.) I feel a little like a garage band whose song has been included in a compilation album with Bruce Springsteen and U2.
It’s an indispensable addition to the cookbook collection of anyone who likes to cook seasonally, shops at farmers markets or subscribes to CSAs. The book will be released July 17 at the Chicago food event of the summer, the Green City Market Chef’s BBQ benefit. It can be preordered on the Green City Market web site here: https://www.greencitymarket.org/cookbook/index.asp
This is me with my dish of roasted asparagus lasagna.