Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories
More than a cookbook...it's also the story of how a farm came to be. Written by the "Queen of Fresh" Susie Middleton, Fresh from the Farm goes beyond traditional "fresh" cookbooks by sharing the engaging tale of one woman's quest for a simpler life. In between the recipes, Susie shares the story of how she left the corporate world, started a farm on Martha's Vineyard, and created a satisfying new life on this rural island.
121 seasonal recipes featuring homegrown produce. Fresh from the Farm is divided into three growing seasons: late spring and early summer, high summer, and what the author refers to as a bonus season, Indian summer and early fall. Here's just a taste...
- Swiss Chard and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas with Pepper Jack Cheese
- Spicy Thai Shrimp and Baby Bok Choy Stir-Fry
- Curry Coconut Butternut Squash Soup
- "Mac 'N Cheese" with Kale, Goat Cheese, and Sun Dried Tomatoes
- Summer Veggie-Palooza Paella
- Little Pear Crostatas with Hazelnut Crisp Topping
- and one hundred and nineteen more - all just as tempting and delicious!
Perfect for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Fresh from the Farm is for anyone looking for exciting new ways to prepare vegetable-centric dishes that range from starters to mains to desserts. While the emphasis is on recipes, this book is also a great read. As one reviewer observes:
"...the stories that Middleton shares make the book feel like an old
family cookbook that has been passed down from your great grandmother
with stories of her farm, and why she made each recipe. Middleton
embraces the family farm angle."
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"The Martha's Vineyard resident and farmstand owner combines her trademark, deeply flavored recipes with anecdotes of farm life. The book makes a fine companion for those long winter nights spent browsing through seed catalogs."--Boston Globe
"Fresh From the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories," which includes stories and photos of farm life and 121 recipes....You might call it a complete recipe book for the good life." Zester Daily--Zester Daily
"Witty, engaging prose draws the reader in and 125 simple recipes entice you to get cooking by exploring Middleton's homegrown suggestions." Publisher's Weekly--Publisher's Weekly
Ever want to quit your job, move to the country and start a farm stand? Susie Middleton, former editor of Fine Cooking magazine, did. Fresh from the Farm is partly the chronicle of an eat-local startup and partly a farm cookbook, liberally strewn with sunlit snapshots of chickens and garden beds in full production. And because Middleton is a flavor fanatic as well as a cook and farmer, her recipes are memorable even if you don't get to cook with still-warm eggs, or just-picked tomatoes blushing from the vine.
-- recommended by T. Susan Chang, food writer--NPR
"...a beautiful cookbook, featuring 125 recipes along with reflections on what it's like to live a simpler, humbler life and the satisfaction to be had running a farmstand, selling vegetables and eggs directly to the people who will eat them." The Oregonian--The Oregonian