As demonstrated herein, Virginians throughout their history have a special knack for things culinary. The recipes in this book, all from contemporary Virginia chefs, reflect a similar eclecticism. As before, the chefs are characterized by a notable diversity of backgrounds, both cultural and professional. The chefs are bound by a passion for cooking. The Virginia Chefs Association felt compelled by the continually increasing interest of Virginians in the chefs' work to produce a volume of recipes embodying that passion. Included in this text is the most exciting fare from their restaurants' kitchens as well as some of the chefs' favorites-home cooking in a truly Virginian sense. A technologically advanced world allows greater access to a plethora of possible ingredients. The essential tastes of Virginia and her rich culinary heritage, however, are still of primary importance. Almost two hundred delicious recipes are presented, with mouth-watering illustrations and short biographies of each contributor.