Farmer’s Market

I love the farmer’s market this time of the year. I can’t help stopping by the Union Square Greenmarket every few days to take in the bounty. Right now, there’s a tinge of separation anxiety knowing that in the months to come the lush selection will start to dwindle as the cold weather sets in. Every visit I discover such natural beauty, like the stunning rainbow carrots I discovered the other day.

farmer's market carrots with tops

farmer’s market carrots with tops

I’ve been buying carrots all summer but these had the sweetest and most intense flavor. Then, I overheard one of the vendors say to a customer, “We still have summer tomatoes” and looking at the ruby red tomatoes I couldn’t resist. These had an unbelievable heady tomato perfume because they were just harvested.
just harvested tomatoes

just harvested tomatoes

Recently, I took my Weight Watchers film crew on a tour of the farmer’s market sharing some of my favorite tips for shopping. We’ve never taken a group photo so I was very happy to get this memento of my pals. Sadly, our food editor Lisa Chernick and our food stylist Stephanie Browner couldn’t make the shoot. It was a super hot and humid day to be running around the market. I’m surprised we don’t look wilted in this photo. Film Crew at Union Square Greenmarket Film Crew at Union Square Greenmarket

Afterwards, we went back to my kitchen for a wok lesson on stir-frying easy side dishes. When vegetables have just been harvested stir-frying accentuates the natural sweetness and texture. Yesterday, I heard Dan Barber on the Leonard Lopate show speaking about how produce is more nutrient dense when it’s at its peak of flavor. It makes total sense. I hope the latest Stir-Fry Guru videos will inspire you too go to your farmer’s market and take advantage of the peppers, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, green beans, cauliflower and more… that are in season! It’s so important to support your local farmers and to experience the extraordinary quality of produce at a farmer’s market.

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Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge is #1 !?!!!

Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge Cover
I hardly ever check the Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge Amazon page. Imagine my amazement this morning when I opened it and discovered Sky has 180 reviews and it’s listed as the #1 Best Seller for Wok Cookery and for Chinese cooking. I’m sure by the time you read this the ranking will have dropped but it’s something to smile about for Labor Day weekend.

And the founder of Wok Wednesdays, Matt Lardie, posted a fun question on the WW FB page this morning asking members (we are 756 strong) where they fire up their woks. It’s cool to see we’ve got members peppered around North America, from Hawaii to Saskatchewan, Canada, and as far away as Germany, Norway, Hong Kong, and New Zealand! Clang the woks! The Wok Revolution is global!

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  • Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge
    ~Winner James Beard Foundation Best International Cookbook Award
    ~Finalist IACP International Cookbook Award
    ~Best Chinese Cuisine Book USA Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards
    ~Awarded IACP Culinary Trust eGullet Society for Culinary Arts & Letters Culinary Journalist Independent Study Scholarship

    “With this extraordinarily inspiring and comprehensive book, Grace Young establishes herself not only as one of the world’s great experts in Chinese cooking but as one of its few genuine masters. Buy it, read it, cook from it-and soon you will be on your way to becoming a stir-frying master yourself.”
    –James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur


    “When it comes to stir-frying, I have a guru, the cookbook author Grace Young. Her new cookbook, “Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge,” is the ultimate guide, whether you’re a beginner or a chef.”  Martha Rose Shulman New York Times

    “Stir-frying may have been pedestrianized by generations of vegetarian college students, but this beautiful, comprehensive cookbook restores it to its rightful place among the most elegant cookery techniques. The virtues of stir-frying, Young writes, are many: it makes bounty out of small amounts of meat and oil; it emphasizes healthful vegetables; and most importantly, it creates alchemic flavor out of raw ingredients. Young has a scholarly yet impassioned approach, and she fuses personal anecdotes, meticulously researched history, and stir-fry”“related arcana to illuminate her subject. For the serious home cook, this informative, lyrical tome is an inspiration.”  Publishers Weekly

    Chicago Tribune selects “Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge” as one of the Top 10 Cookbooks to keep!

    NPR selects “Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge” as a Top Ten Cookbook of 2010
    “If you heed Grace Young, whose previous cookbook taught a lesson to those of us who thought a wok was just another pan. Young’s thorough yet streamlined book zooms in on the minutiae of the correct stir-fry — from how to chop your protein to what to listen and look for in the pan. But her book is broad as well as deep, offering panoramic views of the universe of stir-fry from Singapore to Astoria.”                                                                 T. Susan Chang NPR


  • Multimedia

    • Grace Young and Leonard Lopate
      In this radio interview Grace discusses the techniques and traditions of stir-frying with veteran NPR host Leonard Lopate.
    • Grace in Kitchen
      A video from the brilliant folks at that shows the most common stir-fry mistakes.
    • Melissa Block and Grace Young
      Join Grace and All Things Considered host Melissa Block on a visit to New York City’s Chinatown to buy a traditional iron wok and to learn the special vitality of the “breath of a wok.”

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  • The Breath of a Wok
    Unlocking the Spirit of Wok Cooking Through Recipes and Lore
    IACP Le Cordon Bleu International Cookbook Award

    IACP Jane Grigson Cookbook Award for Distinguished Scholarship

    World Food Media Awards’ Best Food Book


    The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen:
    Classic Family Recipes for Celebration and Healing
    IACP Le Cordon Bleu International Cookbook Award

    Finalist IACP First Cookbook Award

    Finalist James Beard International Cookbook Award


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