Root to leaf: a southern chefs cooks through the seasons
Chef of the award-winning Atlanta restaurant Miller Union, Steven Satterfield — dubbed the “Vegetable Shaman” by The New York Times’ Sam Sifton — has enchanted diners with his vegetable dishes, capturing the essence of fresh produce through a simple, elegant cooking style over the years. Satterfield believes in making the most out of the edible parts of the plant, from “root to leaf”, a riff on the whole animal cookery term of “nose to tail”. In March 2015, Satterfield released Root to Leaf, a cookbook that celebrates the world of fresh produce. Organized by seasons, and with a decidedly Southern flair, Root to Leaf makes the most of available produce from local markets, foraging, and the home garden. A must-have for the home cook, Satterfield’s cookbook elevates the bounty of the fruit and vegetable kingdom as never before. In 2016, Root to Leaf was recognized as a nominee for the "Julia Child Award" for best first cookbook by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and the 2016 James Beard Foundation “Photography” Book Award.
Satterfield serves on the board of Slow Food Atlanta, started the Atlanta local network of Chefs Collaborative and is an active member of Georgia Organics and the Southern Foodways Alliance. Satterfield was also nominated for Food & Wine magazine’s “People’s Best New Chef,” following Miller Union’s placement on the “Best New Restaurants in America” lists from Bon Appétit and Esquire, as well as Atlanta magazine’s “Restaurant of the Year” in 2010. The James Beard Foundation first recognized Miller Union as a semifinalist for the national award of best new restaurant in 2010. In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, he was named a finalist for Best Chef: Southeast by the James Beard Foundation.