Stories from the Farm to Table Movement: Recipes from Harvest to Heat

Farm to table is all the rage in the United States (and across the world), but what does it really mean? You see the name of the local farmer credited on the menu and ponder the fresh fish special scrawled on the chalkboard, but you don’t stop to think about the journey that brings farmer (or fisherman or cheese maker) and chef together. Recipes from Harvest to Heat is an eye-catching, mouth-watering app that will open your mind and inspire your home cooking. Once you read the heartfelt stories of those who dedicate their lives to producing the highest quality ingredients, it may even change the way you value food.

Brought to you by the publishers of the cookbook, Harvest to Heat: Cooking with America’s Best Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans, this free little app is a unique collection of recipes that will challenge novice home cooks and invigorate serious food lovers.

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Getting Started

The main goal of Recipes from Harvest to Heat is to promote the cookbook, demonstrated by the home screen, a mouthwatering photo from the book cover along with rave reviews from publications like Martha Stewart Living and Epicurious.com. From there you land on the Contents page, which reads like a table of contents from the book. The first impression from this app is its gorgeous food photography, sleek design and a powerful stamp of credibility by the mother of farm to table cooking, Alice Waters.

The home screen of Harvest to Heat is all about promoting the cookbook with mouthwatering food photography and praise from big name publications like Martha Stewart Living.

The home screen of Harvest to Heat is all about promoting the cookbook with mouthwatering food photography and praise from big name publications like Martha Stewart Living.

The book publishers, Taunton Press, include 12 recipes, an interactive map for locating the chefs, farmers and artisans by region and a photo gallery to give whet your appetite for the book. They’ve hit the balance of sharing just enough to keep the app interesting and useful while still leaving you wanting more.

The Recipes

The 12 recipes from Harvest to Heat seem to have been thoughtfully selected to give users a taste from every chapter (divided by course of the meal in the book). Who wouldn’t appreciate a dozen new seasonal recipes to enhance their repertoire? From Nancy Silverton’s “Burrata with Speck, Peas, and Mint” to Thomas Keller’s “Lamb Saddle with Caramelized Fennel and Wild Mushrooms,” you’ll be inspired to cook with new and unusual ingredients. You’ll find other recipes for steak, roast fish, salad and decadent desserts in the app as well.

Recipes from famous chefs are presented in the same vein as glossy magazines, with professional photos, eloquent introductions and attractive layouts.

Recipes from famous chefs are presented in the same vein as glossy magazines, with professional photos, eloquent introductions and attractive layouts.

Each recipe is accompanied by a beautifully styled photo that highlights the rustic ingredients in an elegant setting. The visual appeal of this app is truly stunning. The chef and restaurant, along with a featured artisan or farmer, are noted just above the recipe title. The recipe introduction describes the featured ingredient and how the chef highlights its flavor. Swipe upwards to view the ingredients list and recipe instructions. Chef recipes can be complicated, with long ingredients lists and many tedious steps. Information is broken down in sections to make it easy to digest, and steps are grouped by task, to keep the home cook from being overwhelmed.

Recipes are laid out to be easy to read while you’re cooking, taking advantage of the strengths of the iPad mobile experience.

Recipes are laid out to be easy to read while you’re cooking, taking advantage of the strengths of the iPad mobile experience.

Swipe up and down to navigate within the recipe. Most recipes include the story behind the farmer or artisan, with a sincere portrait photo taken by the book’s coauthor, Darryl Estrine. The portraits are just as poignant and telling as the words themselves. It shows that Harvest to Heat is truly a labor of love. Each story is deeply personal, depicting the passion that drives these farmers and artisans to produce the highest quality products for their chefs. You’ll enjoy reading about California cheese makers, fair trade chocolate suppliers in Washington, Massachusetts cattle ranchers and Pennsylvania tomato farmers, amongst other passionate artisans.

Most recipes include the story behind the artisan or farmer and their relationship with the chef, along with some amazing portrait photography.

Most recipes include the story behind the artisan or farmer and their relationship with the chef, along with some amazing portrait photography.

The farm to table movement is more than a trend in America, it’s about relationships and ethics and sustainability. This little free app is big in its mission: promoting our food heroes and encouraging everyone to celebrate fresh, local ingredients by cooking at home.

Interactive Map

Once you’ve perused the recipes and read the stories, you’ll want to check out the interactive map of restaurants, farms and artisans mentioned in the book. The United States is divided into regions, which you can tap for a full list of places to check out in your area. The map may be simple, but it provides the added benefit of helping users truly grasp the amazing array of fresh, local ingredients and farm to table restaurants found across the country.

Tap an area of the map for a fill list of restaurants, farmers and artisans in each area, plus contact info.

Tap an area of the map for a fill list of restaurants, farmers and artisans in each area, plus contact info.

It’s handy to be able to find the contact info, including an active link to the websites of restaurants and producers in your area. The journey doesn’t end with the app, and this feature encourages you to learn more about the resources mentioned in the cookbook. You may even find a new favorite restaurant or local farm to visit.

Conclusion

It’s important to note that Harvest to Heat is a simple app with the straightforward purpose of promoting a cookbook. It’s a taster; a handful of free recipes to get you interested in learning more. This app is worth a download for the beautiful food photos and the recipes by famous chefs, which will make you want to visit the local farmers market and get cooking with seasonal ingredients.

The user experience is stellar, with seamless functionality and sleek design you would expect from a magazine publisher. Spend an afternoon in your local coffee shop reading the stories and exploring the interactive map. You’ll be sure to find a new recipe or unfamiliar artisanal ingredient to try. If nothing else, Harvest to Heat is a great reminder for jaded foodies that we’re lucky to have such talented chefs, passionate producers and vibrant ingredients available across the U.S.


Summary

Harvest to Heat is a handful of recipes by renowned pro chefs accompanied by stories of artisanal producers that will leave you inspired to cook with the freshest, most vibrant ingredients of the season.

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