The Hamptons draw new crowds each season. They come for many reasons, the most prominent being the sheer physical beauty of the area, both naturally and architecturally. Start the list with our beautiful beaches and their white sand dunes, the seemingly endless rows of clipped green hedges and ancient trees that surround Gatsby-like mansions, the beautiful homes that rise up along the coastline. Add the sprawling green farm fields, hidden ponds and bays, the pull of the ocean tides, the endless horizon, and the unique light that has drawn artists here for decades.

        And, finally, there is the food.

  The ever-increasing awareness of regional cooking, the freshness and uncompromising quality of ingredients, and the abundance of availability on the East End are the inspiration for my cookbook Savoring the Hamptons, and for this website of the same name. Life on an island revolves around the seasons, and the  recipes reflects that aspect of Long Island life, each is placed in its proper season--Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. But those ingredients are only available because of the tireless efforts of the men and women who work the land and harvest the sea. I’m proud to introduce personalities of the East End, with interviews and brief histories of farmers, fishermen, farm stands, and wineries.

   Whatever the season, Long Island’s East End, just like its food, is vital and delicious. It is my hope that the recipes and remembrances I offer let you taste and savor the pleasures of the Hamptons’ local flavors--wherever you live.

- Silvia Lehrer

The Hamptons is not one place, but rather a necklace of seaside towns and villages on Long Island’s South Fork, stretching east from Westhampton to Montauk, where a stately lighthouse guards over the meetings of the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. On the North Fork stretching East from Riverhead to Orient Point--Riverhead, or the “Head of the River” is where the Peconic River flows into the Great Peconic Bay, a beautiful body of water that separates the North and South Forks. It is lush farmland that rolls out between the bay and the ocean and combines the best of what the land and sea offers. It explores the unique blend of produce, seafood, people and beauty of the East End of Long Island.

        The local people, who have lived here on both forks for generations while farming or fishing, along with the many others who come to enjoy resort living, have defined the area by its individual towns. A decided loyalty and pride among our diverse population of locals--fishermen, academicians, artists, writers, farmers, and celebrities--has resulted, giving the entire region an air of distinction.

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