We're so fortunate in Sonoma County to have an abundance of teaching gardens in our schools. Around the time that my oldest son, Rocco started at Valley Vista Elementary in Petaluma many moons ago (he's now almost 25!), an old patch of grassy area in between classrooms was transformed by an army of volunteers and staff into a wonderland of fruits and veggies. All three of my boys looked forward to garden class each week — fresh air, physical movement and tasty, natural treats. They're all three ultra keen on garden fresh foods in their diets as independent young men today. Dominic, my youngest, has taken this passion for the outdoors one step further — he's headed to U.C. Davis in the fall to study Plant Biology.
When I wrote about collaborative, seasonal dinner parties in my book Fog Valley Crush, many readers expressed a desire to experience this sort of dynamic dining themselves. Well, here's your chance — Cooking From the Spring Garden promises to be as good as it gets!