Now here's a piece of news that tastes especially sweet for Georgeanne Brennan and Ann M. Evans (pictured above). Their "Davis Farmers Market Cookbook" was awarded first place for non-fiction in the Writer's Digest 2012 Contest for Self-Published books. The two netted a $1,000 cash prize and will have their cookbook featured in Writer's Digest Magazine.
The book, which was released in April, takes a seasonal approach with its recipes and bases them on ingredients which can be found at farmers markets during various times of the year. The book provides a few basic recipes, included roasted vegetables and risotto, which can then be adapted depending on what's in season.
"It's our love letter to the market, but really to the region and the farmers in general," Evans told the Bee in April. "It was so fun, from the initial concepts to finishing the photo shoots."
In other "Davis Farmers Market Cookbook" news, a recipe contest by Mirabelle Press - which is owned by Evans and Brennan - is holding a recipe contest until Dec. 13. Contestants are asked to send a photo of their favorite dish made from the cookbook and describe why it's their favorite recipe from the book in 25 years or less. Winners will be chosen every week, and will receive an autographed copy of the book and Internet props on davisfarmersmarketcookbook.com. One grand prize winner will receive lunch at Osteria Fasulo in Davis.
Also, to get a taste of the recipes yourself, go to Mulvaney's B&L ( 1215 19th St., Sacramento) on Nov. 12 for a dinner that will features recipes from the book and others that are inspired by them.