Farmers Market Cookbooks

The Hawai’i Farmers Market Cookbook Volume 1
Fresh Island Products from A to Z


With the increased availability of fresh local produce, shoppers often wonder, “What is that hairy fruit and what do I do with it?” The Hawai’i Farmers Market Cookbook provides complete descriptions of products, explains what to look for when purchasing, and how to prepare market finds. Full-color photographs help identify products.

Market visitors may be surprised to discover the unprocessed form of foods previously only encountered chopped and cooked. Tips on shopping at farmers’ markets, a complete listing of the current markets and their hours, and product seasonality charts are also included. Covers over 75 locally grown products and includes over 100 recipes. As a project initiated at the growers’ level, the focus here is on the food. You’ll find recipes contributed by some local culinary luminaries, such as co-editor Joan Namkoong, Beverly Gannon and Linda Yamada, but it’s truly the meats, fruits and vegetables that are the stars.

Softcover, spiral bound; 182 pp.
Author: The Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation
Edited by: Joan Namkoong and Hayley Matson-Mathes
Release Date: November 2006
Purchase here: link

The Hawai’i Farmers Market Cookbook Volume 2
The Chefs’ Guide to Fresh Island Foods

No one knows homegrown food products better than Hawai’i's celebrity chefs. Now Sam Choy, Alan Wong, Roy Yamaguchi and 15 others share their secrets for cooking with fresh Island foods.

This companion volume to the original Hawai’i Farmers Market Cookbook contains more than 75 great recipes by Island culinary stars, including their cooking tips and advice on ingredient use. Cookbook editor Joan Namkoong instituted a key rule for the chefs, making these recipes home cook-friendly: no more than five ingredients, plus cooking oil, salt, pepper and the assigned featured food items.

Softcover, spiral bound; 152 pp.
Author: Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation
Edited by: Joan Namkoong
Release Date: June 2010
Purchase here: link

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2 Responses to Farmers Market Cookbooks

  1. Louise Fisher says:

    I wonder if this book includes “The Best Banana MacNut Buttermilk Pancakes Stack” from Kukui’s restaurant at the Marriott Beach Club Resort? I am frantically searching for this recipe for my family as a surprise. We dream about those pancakes. My daughter attended the pastry chef program at the Culinary Institute in San Francisco, and she keeps trying to reproduce these wonderful pancakes, but they aren’t the same as the restaurant. Let me know if you have this marvelous recipe. Thank you Louise Fisher

  2. Robert Young says:

    I am asking if the recipe for “edamae – w/chili (hot) salt” (something like that) is in the cook book.
    I’ve relocated to Sacramento and got a recipe and the flavored salt at KCC Farmers Market, and since have lost the recipe and the salt.
    I’m trying to relocate both the salt and the recipe…and I’ve searched all over.
    The booth used to demo the salts….the one I liked was edamae w/salt….the salt was ‘spicy hot’, they put those japanese flakes too on it, and I believe with maybe some shoyu…

    Will you help me locate both the recipe and the maker of the salt? I believe they were in row A or B?

    Thanks much,
    Robert Young
    (808) 284-8808
    bbqyoung@gmail.com