Cook the Book: 'Farm to Fork'

20100719farmtofork.jpgEmeril Lagasse is one of the most universally recognizable figures in the world of food personalities. He has the power to influence the way people eat. (Remember all of the gaaahlic we were eating back in the Emeril Live days? Yeah, baby.)

Emeril's latest offering, Farm to Fork sets out to change the way we're eating in a slightly different but equally delicious manner, steering his devoted fans towards locavorism. Farm to Fork is Emeril's guide to enjoying seasonal, local produce, prepared in a straight-forward manner for the home cook.

The dishes are simple, and the techniques don't require much beyond the basic skills. Combining this simplicity with the freshest produce makes for some distinctly elegant recipes. Meat is kept to a minimum in Farm to Fork. Most of the time it's used as an accent to the vegetable-heavy dishes.

Everyday this week we will be sharing recipes from Farm to Fork and taking full advantage of the gorgeous summer produce available. We will preserve summer tomatoes in a Spicy Tomato Jam, enjoy them fresh in a Tomato, Zucchini, and Leek Galette, and get our corn fix with a Corn, Tomato, and Lobster Salad.

Win 'Farm to Fork'

Thanks to the generous folks over at Harper Studio, we are giving away five (5) copies of Farm to Fork this week. All you have to do is tell us about the freshest fruit or vegetable you've ever eaten in the comments section below.

Five (5) people will be chosen at random among the eligible comments below. We're sorry, but entry is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Comments will close Monday, July 26 at noon ET. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.