Recipes and Stories from a Small Town that Celebrates Rhubarb
By The Divine Rhubarb Committee
How do you put a festival in a book? Well, the Divine Rhubarb Committee found a way. Everything Rhubarb will warm you up and carry you away to a small town to experience a day in the park with aprons swinging in the breeze and tastes, sounds and games that will bring joy and fun into your life. Lanesboro is the official Rhubarb Capitol of Minnesota . . . and the Divine Rhubarb Committee knows how to celebrate a vegetable! The casual, friendly feel of the town and the festival come through in the book Everything Rhubarb . Smiles come easy with lots of color pictures and details that include the words to the Rhubarb National Anthem as sung by the Rhubarb Sisters as well as descriptions of the Rhubarb Olympics. You will learn the history of the Rhubarb Festival beginnings and get the details of when Garrison Keillor brought the Prairie Home Companion to town for two live shows in the baseball field. This book has a chapter on how to grow your own rhubarb as prescribed by Lanesboro's own rhubarb couple.
One of the main attractions of the Rhubarb Festival is a tasting contest and Everything Rhubarb includes about one hundred rhubarb recipes. Recipes reflect both the sweet and savory side of rhubarb delights and a section on the basics - sauce and juice.
To say that the book is all fun and games is not doing it justice. Take a look at the back cover and read the words of Will Allen, urban farmer named one of Time Magazine's 2010 top 100 most influential people in the world. "Paging through Everything Rhubarb is both a sweet and endearing look back at an image of the Heartland America that used to be and, from my point of view, an encouraging glimpse of what our nation can and should become again: a consolidation of communities that cherish good food and one another."
Everything Rhubarb brings small town values right into 2012. The local food movement is strong in Lanesboro and despite the light-hearted flow of the book, those who have been watching food trends across the nation will observe the level this community has taken to live local and live well. Young and old alike are thinking about where their food comes from - including what can be grown in their own backyards.
Books may be purchased at the Festival and are available in Lanesboro at most Bed and Breakfasts. You may also find them at the following Lanesboro businesses:
Lanesboro Local - 507-467-2944
Scenic Valley Winery - 507-467-2958
Potiche Pottery - 507-467-2929
In addition, ask for them at Barnes and Noble stores or find them on Amazon.com