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"Renee Brooks Catacalos has been, and continues to be, a tireless advocate for the local food traditions of the Chesapeake Bay region. She is also a brilliant writer with a razor-sharp focus and the ability to bring to life disparate aspects of the Chesapeake, including the simple joys of home-cooked local food. This book is a welcome addition to the body of work on our magnificent Bay."

"After many years of walking the walk and sharing her passion for local and sustainable food practices in various outlets, Renee Catacalos brings all of this knowledge together in one beautiful package. The Chesapeake Table is a must-have resource, complete with delicious recipes, showing how eating locally and sustainably is possible."

"A delectable love poem to locally grown food and the people who produce it, Renee Brooks Catacalos's book makes a compelling argument for strengthening the local economy and community health by eating primarily what's grown in the Chesapeake Bay foodshed. Buy this book and digest its message that 'all our daily choices count.'"

"Renee Catacalos has done a great service to the cause of local foodways in the mid-Atlantic by writing this book, a thorough, informative, and wide-ranging look at how we eat now—and how, with more support, more food hubs, and continued awareness of the ecological and social issues that affect our ever-widening food stream, we might eat in the future."

"Renee Catacalos has long been a champion of the edible resources and character of the Chesapeake watershed. Her book beautifully ties cultural, historical, and natural resources into a poetic volume that ennobles the people of the greater Chesapeake, giving an appreciation for the sustainable and local in one of America's most ancient and proud foodscapes."

"There is so much to admire and discover in Renee Catacalos's quest for the best local foods and small-scale producers in the Chesapeake foodshed. She is the Chesapeake locavore food maven who informs your food choices to sustain the Chesapeake."

"From produce to poultry to policy, The Chesapeake Table takes you on a thoroughly delicious and instructive journey through one of America's greatest and most diverse foodsheds. Fact-packed and certified to satisfy, this book has everything you'll ever need to eat local and to eat like a local."

"Reading this book was an absolute delight. Renee Brooks Catacalos shows not only that eating local is possible but that it is pleasurable, too, as you go foraging locally to savor the 'tastes of the region.' Read it and then seek and find local food."

"The Chesapeake Table is a delightful guide full of vital tips for those committed to cherishing and conserving the local bounty of our prized mid-Atlantic region. Renee Catacalos reveals a substantial understanding of heritage, politics, and advocates from the perspective only a true local could offer to her readers."

"With her deep roots and knowledge, there is no better guide to our evolving food system than Renee Catacalos, who weaves together history, policy, and inspiring stories to create the new bible for how every person makes a difference in growing a vibrant, inclusive, and equitable food system for all."

"Fascinating and delectable. If you live in the mid-Atlantic—and you eat—then read this wonderful book."

"The Chesapeake Table is a wonderful resource of history, personal stories, and actionable information on how communities live in better harmony with their food systems and one another. Catacalos makes an invaluable contribution to the robust local food discourse while placing an important spotlight on the Chesapeake Foodshed."

"We at the Chesapeake Foodshed Network couldn't be more excited about CFN Steering Team member Renee Brooks Catacalos' book coming out this fall, "The Chesapeake Table: Your Guide to Eating Local.""

"Renee Brooks Catacalos knows a thing or two about local food... The Chesapeake Table: Your Guide to Eating Local, will be released in October and outlines why she's been hooked on the local food movement from the start, which foods you can only find in the Chesapeake region, and how you can benefit from the fruits—literally and figuratively—of local farmers' labors."