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V3 Sponsor Profile: The Happy Cook
May 11, 2016

V3 Sponsor Profile: The Happy Cook

An integral part of Charlottesville’s growing zeal for locally produced food has been the interest of home cooks, many of whom have found support for their culinary endeavors at The Happy Cook, the city’s only locally owned, independent kitchen shop. In recent years, The Happy Cook has expanded its space—and its inventory—at Barracks Road Shopping…


Food creates community

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Our Local Commons—V3 | Our third book on Charlottesville focuses on a city at the forefront of the nation’s artisan food revival. Here, the community’s sustained interest in local foodways, combined with the tireless efforts of its talented growers, producers, and chefs has created a thriving economy that reveals the rich possibilities of artisanal food in America. You will find 16 new feature-length stories, 8 cooking tutorials, and 30+ tested recipes.

The Virginia Table | A collaboration with Early Mountain Vineyards, this snapshot of Virginia’s vibrant artisan food movement features stories, products, recipes, and profiles of influential tastemakers.

Our Local Commons—V2 | Our second book on Charlottesville provides 21 feature-length stories, kitchen tutorials, and 29 original recipes from the city and surrounding area.

Charlottesville Commons V1 | Focused on the local food community of Charlottesville, Virginia, with 15 feature stories, 30 recipes and dozens of reflections from the chefs, farmers, bakers, and food artisans who call the city home.

Our Local Commons V3