Eat locally is a great idea, especially when one of the employees of Elm Street Books grows her own asparagus and drops some off at your doorstep! Right from the garden to the table is a whole other kind of asparagus. I swiftly put it to good use in an asparagus risotto from my newest favorite cookbook! "Recipes from an Italian Summer." This cookbook is not just recipes but beautiful photos of the Italian summer at its best along with essays that bring the warm breezes of Tuscany to your own backyard. Mangia!