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Farmhouse Cookbookby Susan Herrma Loomis
Synopses & Reviews
Nothing evokes comfort, warmth, and mouth-watering hospitality like the dishes prepared by people who actually grow the food. From Susan Herrmann Loomis, author of The French Farmhouse Cookbook, The Italian Farmhouse Cookbook, The Great American Seafood Cookbook, and Clambakes and Fish Fries, Farmhouse Cookbook is the result of a 20,000-mile trek across rural America in search of the soul of the family farm. Passionate in her quest to taste the freshest corn, understand the basics of cattle ranching, and find out just how an artichoke grows, the author contacted legions of farmers who generously shared their time, their knowledge, their homes, and their recipes.
Although Farmhouse Cookbook includes the best pot roast, meat loaf, and stew you're ever likely to encounter, it goes well beyond the expected meat-and-potatoes fare. Here is Chew Chang's Chicken and Mustard Green Soup, Lentil Salad with Smoked Turkey and Tarragon, Pork Loin with Coriander and Garlic Crust, a Basque Fourteen-Hour Leg of Lamb, Lemony Herbed Chicken Wings, Nate Pennell's Mulligan Stew with Blueberry Dumplings, Amish Corn Pudding, and Mary Navarette's Garlicky Enchiladas, from the Christopher Farm in Gilroy, California, the garlic capital of the world. Plus, extraordinary baking-Hot Pepper Corn Bread, Funny Cake, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies, Rhubarb Crunch, Sour Cherry Crumb Pie, and Best Ever Chocolate Cake.
With profiles of farms and farmers, tips, lore, and an almond to zucchini lexicon, Farmhouse Cookbook is as irresistible as the ring of the dinner bell over the fields.
Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club's HomeStyle Books and Better Homes and Gardens Family Book Service. 197,000 copies in print.
A SOPHISTICATED COUNTRY PALATE
"Susan Loomis understands that food is made by people, not machines. In this excellent book, she shares her affection for the growers and their lives, the foods they grow and the ways they cook them . . . a culinary, social, and even political odyssey."
--Barbara Kafka, author of Microwave Gourmet and Microwave Gourmet Healthstyle Cookbook
Hot biscuits from a country kitchen. Duck Breasts with Honey and Thyme Sauce. Peach Pies cooling on the windowsill and Ancho Chile Pepper Puree in the larder. In a book as warm and generous and unexpected as the food it celebrates, Susan Hermann Loomis shares the fruits of a 20,000-mile adventure criss-crossing America in search of the soul of farmhouse cooking. Hear the dinner bell ringing.
FROM THE FARMHOUSE KITCHEN RECIPE BOX
Summer Tomato Pie
Pennsylvania Chicken Corn Soup
Lentil Salad with Smoked Turkey
Pork Loin with a Coriander and Garlic Crust
Barley with Saffron and Lemon
Dilled Beets and Potatoes
Montana Chicken Salad
Best-Ever Apple Pie
This two-year, 20,000-mile odyssey through the small farms, ranches, dairies, vineyards, and orchards of America features 300 mouth-watering recipes from their kitchens. Recipes include Summer Tomato Pie, Hearty Vegetable Soup, Extra Crisp Fried Chicken, Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce, Farmhouse White Bread, Feather-Light Biscuits, and Best-Ever Apple Pie. Photos and illustrations throughout.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 495) and index.
About the Author
Susan Herrmann Loomis is a European-based food writer whose work appears regularly in The New York Times; she also writes a weekly column for Conde Nast's epicurious.com. Her other books include Italian Farmhouse Cookbook, French Farmhouse Cookbook, Farmhouse Cookbook, and Clam Bakes and Fish Fries.
Table of Contents
What's Doing Down on the Farm?
HEARTY FARM BREAKFASTS: WARM STARTS ON A COLD MORNING
Just What is Organic Farming?
COFFEE BREAK: SNACKS TO KEEP THE ENERGY UP
Bill Krome and the Florida Avocado
WARMING SOUPS: A BIG POT OF SOUP
The Indochinese Farm Project
A Jar'a Jelly or a Cold Beer
The Carpenters of Grady, Arkansas
FLAVORFUL MEAT DISHES: MEATS, THE CHOICEST OF THE CHOICE
Mike Mohr and His Hogs
The Kirschenmann Family Farm
The Artichoke Grower of Castroville
FOWL AND FISH: POULTRY IN EVERY POT AND A SMALL KETTLE OF FISH
Do-Si-Do and Promenade Home
The Christopher Ranch
The Dufners Do It Differently
FRESH VEGETABLES, BEANS, AND GRAINS: A HEAPING BOUNTY OF VEGETABLES AND GRAINS
Seattle's Pike Place Market
The World's Sweetest Carrots
Those Lustrous Winter Greens
Polish Up Those Fruits and Vegetables
There's Gold in the Hills
A Farmer at Heart
The Greenmarkets of New York City
GARDEN SALADS: FRESH SALADS FROM THE FARMHOUSE GARDEN
The Seed Savers' Exchange
"Old Farmer" Michaels
A Slippery Harvest
Star Route Greens
Solviva on Martha's Vineyard
A FULL LARDER: PRESERVING THE ESSENCE: A FARMHOUSE LARDER
Rosey's the Name, Produce Is the Game
An Auction in Amish Country
Hazelnuts by Any Other Name
CRUSTY BREADS: BUTTERY BUNS AND BREADS
If It's Idaho, It Must Be Potatoes
COOKIES AND CAKES: COOKIES, CAKES, AND A COUPLE OF CANDIES
Pete Yamamoto and His Almonds
The Best Kind of Molasses
What Are Those Berries Doing Down South?
The Farmer Prophet
MILE-HIGH PIES: PIES, PIES, PIES
An Education in Blueberries
The Pavich Grape Story
FRUITS, DESSERT: A DESSERT ASSORTMENT
Oh, Those Flavorful Apples
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