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Hudson Valley Foodies Share Their Wisdom in Two New Books


Photos by Ken Goodman


Smoked: One Man’s Journey to Find Incredible Recipes, Standout Pitmasters and The Stories Behind Them

Ed Randolph
Page Street Publishing, (paperback), $21.99

In this love letter to barbecue, Hudson Valley native and owner of Handsome Devil BBQ Ed Randolph travels cross country, in perhaps the most delicious road trip of all time. Smoked paints an intimate portrait of America’s most beloved pitmasters and their trusty recipes. Full of wit, wisdom, and some truly wild stuff (a vegan barbecue joint??), Smoked is a testament to barbecue’s unifying power on our taste buds.


Smoked book Ed Randolph
Every day is saturday Sarah Copeland

Photos by Chronicle Books 2019


Every Day is Saturday: Recipes + Strategies for Easy Cooking, Every Day of the Week

Sarah Copeland
Chronicle Books, (hardcover), $29.95

Sarah Copeland, former food director of Real Simple, details how proper planning helped her rediscover her passion for cooking and realize that delectable dinners aren’t just a weekend ordeal. Her approach places emphasis on dynamic ingredients like oats, eggs, yogurt, greens and herbs, and cheese. Even better, only a handful of recipes exceed an hour of cooking time. You might still have to clock in on Monday, but when you clock out, at least you can eat like it’s Saturday.

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