Ramp Queens, March 18, 2013
In their newly published digital cookbook – ‘Rapturous Ramp Recipes’, the publishers of RampItUpCooking.com (Ramp Queens Melinda Knies & Chancer Reese) have created an innovative new genre using both fresh and dried Ramps that bridges the gap between Southern Appalachian and modern cuisine — creating dishes that rich in flavor and heritage but with a wide appeal.
According to co-founder and cookbook publisher Melinda Knies,”People often develop very strong feelings about ramps. Anyone who might have stumbled across this tasty vegetable at a fresh food market or at a spring ramp festival – they either love’em or hat’em! This goes double for people who grew up around ramps!”
“So when we decided to work with the family farmers and wild food forgers at the Smoky Mountain Native Plant Association, we learned very quickly that some people have a local prejudice against ramps. Too many chefs and cooking enthusiasts think of ramp recipes as being ‘poor folk’s food’ or being ‘too stinky’. Ramps simply don’t get the culinary respect they deserve.”
“Which is why we wrote this cookbook. ‘Rapturous Ramp Recipes’ showcases ramps in various dishes that prove they can work in any type of dining experience. Our little cookbook has 30 fantastic ramp recipes – using both fresh ramps and our specialty dried Ramp spice blends.”
“We are proud to be the very first company in our area to market these wonderful dried ramp seasonings and products, We see a bright future ahead with our Western North Carolina ramp spices as more and more cooks and chefs learn about these wonderfully pungent vegetables.”
“This cookbook provides the perfect opportunity for those who have been previously hesitant to try cooking with ramps or using ramps in food,” said Chancer Reese, who also co-founded the site and co-authored the book with Knies.
“Our cookbook is very down home yet highlights ramp dishes that can be served at any special occasion – our guests often don’t even realize they are eating a dish that has ramp flakes or seasonings in it. But they all rave about how ramp dishes have an unique and unexpected taste – ‘full of earthy garlic and wild onion flavors’ as one woman said.”
You can learn more about our cookbook here > Ramp Recipes Cookbook
Discover How to Cook Ramp Recipes so Delicious You'll Wanna Slap People Away from Your Plate! We invite you to check out our new cookbook > Rapturous Ramp Recipes.