Hudson Valley Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from Westchester to Columbia CountyBy Julia Sexton (Globe Pequot Press, 2014) Buy It Now
The Hudson Valley is fast becoming a culinary mecca for hipsters as well as traditionalists. This gorgeous, up-to-the-minute compendium of top-shelf restaurants and creative recipes may spur a northbound exodus by New York foodies. Sexton’s introduction starts with an exhortation to abandon New York City for new inspiration upstate, and her essays about buzzworthy chefs like Fish & Game’s Zak Pelaccio and inventive dishes like a carrot cutlet with lamb sauce by Blue Hill at Stone Barns’s Dan Barber point the way. Baranowski’s luscious photos of chefs, restaurant interiors, and perfectly plated meals may also spur a charge upriver; those who already live here will thrill at the roster of favorite venues from Yonkers to Hudson, and find more to try.