Like writing a thesis without references or performing surgery without a telltale light-up nose, cooking without a recipe can lead to disaster. Prep your kitchen for success with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a copy of the Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook (a $24.95 value). Groupon customers can pick up cookbooks at any of the three weekly markets.
The Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook paints a vivid picture of the market's history through the whimsical voice of local food preservationist Poppy Tooker, who recalls notable market events through recipes, anecdotes and compelling profiles of key vendors. The 208-page paperback tome assembles more than 125 recipes selected from submissions by local chefs, market vendors and shoppers, and those compiled by a random ingredient generator. Inspired by local ingredients, the dishes range from creole classics, like oysters Rockefeller, to more extravagant creations like chevre-stuffed squash blossoms and satsuma-chocolate gelato. The volume's focus on crafting slow foods with fresh ingredients makes it ideal for rediscovering a culinary heritage or utilizing a garden accidentally sown entirely with spinach.