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Top 5 Cookbooks of the Hudson Valley for Your Christmas List

The Hudson Valley abounds with great restaurants where you can enjoy the bounty of fresh ingredients from local farms.

But what if you don't want to go out? What if you'd rather relax at home with a great bottle of wine and a home-cooked meal?

Here are the top 5 cookbooks written, or with recipes from top Hudson Valley chefs, using local ingredients.

Any of them would make the perfect Christmas gift for your foodie friends.


Many of you know Laura Pensiero from her very popular restaurant Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck. As a master chef, nutritionist, and restaurateur she shares her passion for food in over 150 innovative recipes. She presents delicious interpretations of traditional Italian dishes made with healthy ingredients that highlight the bounty of the Valley’s farms, gardens, and artisans.


If you or someone in your family struggle with food allergies or dietary restrictions, in Cooking for Special Diets, author Kathrine Polenz provides a comprehensive guide to crafting delicious, on-trend dishes void of nuts, shellfish, eggs, and other food allergens. She rewrites your favorite recipes, giving you replacements and substitutions to suit every type of dietary needs.


The Hudson Valley has become a mecca for talented chefs. This book is a compilation of recipes from chefs from all over the region. Using ingredients from local farmers and artisan food producers, the recipes are based around sustainable raised produce, meats, poultry, eggs, cheese, wine and other fine foods.

4). The Butcher's Guide to Well-Raised Meat

Locals Joshua and Jessica Applestone first opened Applestone Meat Company in 2013 as a whole-animal processing facility. Their book; The Butcher’s Guide to Well Raised-Meat, is a comprehensive guide to buying, butchering and cooking ethically raised meat which bon appetite praised as “the new bible for conscious carnivores.”

5). THE CROWN MAPLE GUIDE TO MAPLE SYRUP: How to Tap and Cook with Nature's Original Sweetener

Winter is the perfect time to enjoy a big stack of pancakes with local maple syrup, but Crown Maple owner Robb Turner gives you 65 different recipes, made with maple syrup, you can enjoy all year.

Try the maple-pecan sticky buns, the maple-glazed duck, or maple lemon bars.

Beautifully designed, with enticingly photographed recipes, this book is the perfect reference and keepsake for every maple syrup lover.

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