The San Luis Obispo Farmers' Market Cookbook


The San Luis Obispo Farmers' Market Cookbook features 196 pages of 60 seasonal recipes and 40 short stories. The recipes are organized by seasons (15 recipes per season) and are sub-divided into five categories: breakfast, light bites, lunch, dinner, and dessert (3 recipes per category). The latter part of the cookbook features short stories, interviews, and profiles of farmers, food artisans, and farm-to-table chefs. In the spirit of a creating a collaborative community-driven cookbook, the majority of the recipes are provided by the food growers and crafters themselves to showcase the true taste of the Central Coast.


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“I’m the Cookbooks Buyer at Barnes & Noble. Our Vendor Manager who also handles small press, forwarded your wonderful cookbook to me. I think The San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market Cookbook is awesome! WOW. Seeing your book is what makes my job worthwhile. Every so often I see a book from the small press department that is created by a tiny group of people that is so well done, it excites me and simultaneously boggles my mind. How did you accomplish so much with so little resources? Your book is easily as good as any cookbook from any big publishing house. Seriously. You should feel very proud of it! So much of the book is fun to look at. It’s creative in so many ways. You did a number of cool things in your book which make it stand out. And the fact you did the photography is pretty amazing. You’re a one-woman band!”
— Edward Ash-Milby, Cookbooks Buyer of Barnes & Noble
“Let’s begin with The San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market Cookbook, written by the indefatigable Kendra Aronson. I’ve rarely met a more enthusiastic and proud author, and she should be. She wrote, photographed, designed, and published this gorgeous book all on her own. The recipes are not complex; most are just one page long, which makes them approachable, and are written conversationally, as if by a friend. Which is surely how you’ll feel about Kendra Aronson once you’ve worked your way through her wonderful homage to the farmers markets and people of SLO.”
— Celia Sack, Owner of Omnivore Books
“Your project stood out for being extra wonderful, well-executed, and really I just LOVE your project image. I chose it to feature on the Kickstarter homepage for the final few days of your campaign. If you go to, you’ll see that your project is one of a few projects displayed in an editorialized homepage hero, front and center. Congrats on the feature and what should provide you a bump in visibility!”
— Director of Curation at Kickstarter
“I love the way Kendra has celebrated the farmers and the beautiful organic food they grow for us. She connects their work to the kitchen and to our taste buds in a pure and simple way—plus the photos are gorgeous.”
— Alice Waters, Chez Panisse & The Edible Schoolyard Project






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