Out of the Earth celebrates the region's rich agricultural heritage and unique food products. The book collects recipes drawn from native harvests, examines the culinary and farming history of the area, and explains the need to preserve farming enterprises along the "heritage farm coast." Each chapter brings to the table foods that are locally produced, using diverse original recipes, either handed down through generations, or developed by today's imaginative chefs. The preservation of the area's strong history as the cradle of American cooking, and its recent resurgence of successful, unique and quality farms are two outstanding reasons why Out of the Earth is vital to our region. It will enhance appreciation for our farmland and locally grown products, while nourishing the souls of those who enjoy the recipes.