Throughout the years, across the country, food festivals, state fairs, national cooking competitions, and brand-name sweepstakes are held. Many of these celebrations—-like the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California and the Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania--honor local harvests. Some honor entire regions, and still others celebrate our agricultural traditions. The highlight of those fairs is the food--much of it lovingly crafted from recipes passed down through generations. Gathered in this cookbook are the championship recipes from cooks around the country.