by Sybille Van Kempen & L. Householder
The beloved Loaves & Fishes cookshop on Long Island’s East End pays tribute to local farms and seasonal produce in what will be an eventual 12-volume set of smart, stylish, handsomely photographed clothbound books.
Loaves & Fishes proprietor Sybille van Kempen—who opened the original store alongside her mother, the legendary Anna Pump—worked with local chef Licia Kassim Householder to showcase wonderful things to prepare using corn, stone fruits, figs, melons, Swiss chard and kale, and eggplants. There's an aura of comfort food from many cultures to the recipes here: Mexican corn salad; nectarine kuchen; fig foccacia; cantalope gazpacho; Swiss chard and chile frittata. And with fruits and vegetables at the center of all the recipes, who can argue that they aren't healthy, too?
Handsomely packaged, almost like little gift books (just under 8 inches square and 72 pages long), the Loaves & Fishes Farm Series volumes are strongly evocative of both time and place and likely to become well used in summer kitchens and year-round.
Hardcover. Color photographs throughout.