Fresh Cooking

Fresh Cooking

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A Year of Recipes from the Garrison Institute Kitchen

Shelley Boris (Author), Photographs by Caroline Kasterine, Foreword by Rozanne Gold

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Fresh Cooking is exactly what the home cook desires—a cookbook with range and flexibility that addresses seasonality, budget, and diverse diets and tastes. Built around meals Shelley Boris created for the Garrison Institute, a retreat center in New York's Hudson Valley, it contains thirty-six menus, with four to five delicious recipes in each, organized by month. Caroline Kasterine's beautiful photographs compliment the recipes.

From the beginning of her career in the heydey of New York City's culinary scene with Dean & Deluca, Shelley Boris has maintained a love of fine, fresh ingredients and an intuitive grasp of their possibilities. This book draws on her passion and experience to create delectable meals on a budget without compromising flavor or diversity.


"Shelley Boris, who heads the kitchen at Garrison, is a very gifted chef. Her intelligence and  compassionate approach to cooking is felt by everyone there. Shelley is always mindful of the communal table – which is literally how one eats in the massive sun-lit dining room. The food is elemental and deeply connected to the earth from which it comes. Food is ritual here, three times a day, and in itself is a meditation." -Rozanne Gold, from the foreword


Shelley Boris was studying painting in New York City when she took a job at the newly opened Dean & Deluca to make ends meet. Soon enough she was manager of the cheese department and swept into the mesmeric food world of early-1980s New York, which tipped its hat to the qualities of traditional cooking while experimenting with novel approaches.

She went on to become the chef at Exile, then at Peter Dent Catering, both in Tribeca. Shelley opened the first Dean & DeLuca Espresso Bar at the Paramount in Midtown, then began working as a private caterer in the city. She has published recipes in various journals and books, including the New York Times and Food & Wine Magazine, Recipes From America’s Small Farms, and co-wrote The International Mail Order Gourmet, a food guide, with friend Jamie Harrison.

Since forming Fresh Company Shelley has cooked for such personalities as the Dalai Lama and Mikhail Gorbachev. She is a founding member of the Cold Spring Farmer’s Market and works in the Hudson Valley region to promote local foodmakers and farmers.

Shelley Boris is the chef at the Garrison Institute and is a partner at Fresh Company, where she is the creative director and executive chef. She is inspired by a diversity of regional cooking styles from around the world. In the kitchen, Shelley’s warm, relaxed sensibility is an extension of her love of a leisurely stay at the table and her belief in the elemental value of eating and drinking well. A board member emerita of Cold Spring’s Farmers’ Market, Shelley has long worked to support sustainable agriculture in the Hudson Valley. She lives in Garrison with her husband and two sons.

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Shelley Boris talks with Kitchen Chat
An Interview with Dr. Alvin
Shelley in "Dot Earth" from The New York Times
A Recipe from Fresh Cooking featured in Cookbook365
Kid Chef Eliana Interviews Shelley
Shelley interview with the Journal Sentinal
Beautiful Photographs and a recipe from Fresh Cooking featured in Salad For President