Thousands of years before Hendrik Hudson sailed his Half Moon up to modern day Albany in 1609, the glaciers that once blanketed the Hudson Valley retreated to the Arctic. What the ice left in its wake was a soil so rich that, in global satellite images taken today, the trench of its path still shows up as a jet black streak. Lured by this soil’s fertility came the family farmers of the Hudson Valley, who, over time, learned to glean the finest products that the land could provide.
Today the Hudson Valley is an area rich in history and art, antiques and architecture, charming towns, and farms that produce bountiful local produce. America’s history comes alive here as does its beauty. Naturally, Hudson Valley restaurants boast outstanding chefs with a deep and growing commitment to supporting local agriculture. Hudson Valley farmers and artisans fill out the menus with sustainable raised produce, meats, poultry, eggs, cheese, wine and other fine foods. It’s creative cuisine at its best
With over 80 recipes for the home cook from the state’s most celebrated eateries and showcasing full-color photos featuring mouth-watering dishes, famous chefs, and lots of local flavor, Hudson Valley Chef’s Table is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. The delicious dishes featured here are personal histories––stories of people and place. Each recipe, chef profile, and photo tells its part of the story and magic of the Hudson Valley.
Julia Sexton stepped into the role of restaurant critic for Westchester Magazine in 2007, after 15 years cooking in professional kitchens. She has published articles in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and her food features, reviews, and recipe-based articles for Westchester regularly appear in the New York Times food blog, What We’re Reading. In 2009, Sexton’s own blog, Eat Drink Post, won the CRMA Best Blog Award in all subjects. A Hudson Valley native, she’s been a local editor of Zagat’s Westchester and Hudson Valley Restaurant Survey since 2009.
Andre Baranowski is a photographer best known for his beautiful and sensual still life, food, travel, interior, and landscape photography. His client list ranges from top American corporations like Benjamin Moore, Kellogg’s, American Express, and Hearst to magazines like Saveur, Better Homes and Gardens, Garden Design, Food & Wine, Men’s Health, Shape, Departures, Country Gardens, and many others. Andre has photographed a number of books including, Mediterranean Fresh by Joyce Goldstein, Sustainably Delicious by Michel Nischan, and The Kimchi Chronicles by Marja and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. He lives in Westchester County, New York. Visit him at www.andrebaranowskiphoto.com.