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Locally Delicious™: Recipes and Resources for Eating on the North Coast is a cookbook in context. Written specifically for the communities of California's Six Rivers Bio-Region (roughly corresponding to Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity Counties) as a way to re-connect the producers and consumers within this abundant food system, Locally Delicious, now in its second edition, is 314 full-color pages packed with more than 200 recipes instructing readers on how to use local ingredients, where to find them and why it's important for their health and the health of the planet to do so.



The first goal of Locally Delicious is to encourage residents of the California North Coast to obtain a larger percentage of food from our region.

The second is to contribute to the further development of the regional food economy - all profits from the sale of the book have been and will continue to be spent on projects to further this goal.

The third is for Locally Delicious to serve as a template for other regionally-based cookbooks. The majority of the textual content can be accessed on Appropedia, the Appropriate Technology Wiki. Please contact us if you are interested in creating a similar resource guide for your region and community. We support "re-localization" throughout the country and world.


An Inclusive Community Project

Locally Delicious caters to everyone from the conscientious vegan or the respectful vegetarian, to the omnivore in search of humane and local products from farm to sea. Everything from appetizers made with local cheese, to desserts made with local fruits are featured in this informative reference book for living a local life.

Locally Delicious includes a comprehensive reference section introducing readers to the people who grow and raise the food on the North Coast. Locally Delicious is a community project. Included in the first chapter are perspectives of local professors, farmers, cooks, nutritionists, and community advocates. A chapter on our bio-region's food history and future is drawn from many resources including the Humboldt County Agriculture Commissioner and the Humboldt Chapter of Community Alliance with Family Farmers (Humboldt-CAFF). Recipes were provided by caterers, restaurant owners, chefs, home cooks and community members. Humboldt-CAFF, North Coast Growers Association, Southern Humboldt Farmers’ Markets and the North Coast Co-op helped us create the extensive reference section.




More than a Cookbook - A Model for Sustainable Living

Locally Delicious is meant to be used by those near and far from the redwood coast as a model of sustainable living in any community. Information on food preservation, ideas for eating locally on a budget, and articles from the movers and shakers in the local food world that explore the possibilities and restrictions of local agriculture can be also found within the informative and thought-provoking pages of this unique cookbook.

We hope that Locally Delicious inspires you to include more local foods in your diet and makes it easier for you to eat locally by showing you where to find the food and how to prepare it. We also hope that this book helps to create a better life for our farmers, local food producers and every resident and visitor to our region.

Though the recipes and producers featured in our book are focused on the California North Coast bio-region, the concept behind our book - a cookbook that is regionally based, ecosystem specific, and community oriented - is universally applicable.  Our idea has gone as far as Washington D.C., with a copy of Locally Delicious in the hands of the First Lady. Click her to view  Michelle Obama's thank-you letter to Locally Delicious. Please use Locally Delicious as a template to support the re-localization of food in your own community.

Each of our contributors wishes you bon appétit!




Just want to let you all know that I have a very worn through Locally Delicious cookbook.
Yesterday, we had the beet casserole for lunch and for dinner we had the parsnip, apple honey soup and the butternut squash risotto. Last Thanksgiving, the entire full course meal was prepared out of the book. I thought appreciation was due. Thank you for such a great resource for good food! 

- Kaitlyn Shipe, reader 




Explore The Book


  • Check out the Locally Delicious table of contents below.
  • Read the text online on Appropedia, the Appropriate Technology Wiki.
  • Try out selected recipes from the book featured on the website in Recipes.
  • Learn more about the Heirloom Tomatoes, editors of Locally Delicious, by visiting About Us.




Your personal choices in eating can make a difference in your own health,
the health of our community, our nation and the world at large.
- Ann "Tabletalk" Anderson, Editor-in-Chief




    Locally Delicious™:

    Recipes and Resources for Eating on the North Coast, Second Edition    





Part I About Eating Locally

Chapter 1. What is Local Food and Why is Eating Locally Important?
Chapter 2. Where to Obtain Local Food
Chapter 3. Eating Locally on a Budget
Chapter 4. History, Present and Future

Part II Recipes

Appetizers and Beverages
Dairy and Eggs
Meat-, Poultry- and Seafood-Based Entrées
Vegetable-Based Entrées
Vegetable and Side Dishes
Grains - In and Out of the Oven
Food Storage and Preservation

Part III Resource Appendices

Appendix A. Seasonality of Produce
Appendix B. Farmer's Markets
Appendix C. Farms, Dairies, Ranches and Fishers 
Appendix D. Community Supported Agriculture Farms
Appendix E. Retail Markets that Sell Local Food
Appendix F. Restaurants Featuring Local Food
Appendix G. Local Packaged-Product Producers
Appendix H. Growing Your Own Food
Appendix I. Foraging, Fishing and Hunting
Appendix J. Organizations Supporting Local Agriculture
Appendix K. Information Sources

References and Index

Works Cited

Photo Credits

Index to Recipes

About the Authors and Locally Delicious™, Inc.




Book Information

Editor-in-Chief: Ann Anderson

Associate Editors: Martha Haynes, Carol Moné, Lauren Cohn-Sarabia and Suzanne Simpson.
Consulting Editor: Dr. Corey Lee Lewis, Ph.D.
Copy Editor/Proofreader: Ann King
Copyright 2009
Revised Edition 2010
Published by: North Coast Co-op
Non-Profit Fiscal Sponsor: Humboldt Chapter - Community Alliance with Family Farmers

Thank You to the Community 
The Heirloom Tomatoes would like to give a special thanks to the people who were critical to the publication of this cookbook. Thank you to Chris Wisner, Murline Georgson, Sharon Letts, Harvey Raider, Karen Wehrstein, Joyce McGibbon, Janet Vail, Kathy Marshall, and Allison Hooper. 
Full acknowledgments of all the incredible community members who contributed insights, information, references and recipes to Locally Delicious are included in the preface, page iv.

Thank you for making this project possible. 
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