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The Blackberry Farm Cookbook: Four Seasons of Great Food and the Good Lifeby Sam Beall
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Nestled in the blue mists of Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, the 10,000-acre bucolic refuge of Blackberry Farm houses a top-rated small inn with one of the premier farm-to-table restaurants in the country. This sumptuous cookbook offers a collection of recipes that are as inspired by the traditional rustic cooking of the mountainous south as they are by a fresh, contemporary, artistic sensibility. Some of the dishes are robust, others are astonishingly light, all are full of heart and surprise and flavor — and all are well within the reach of the home cook.
California has the French Laundry, Virginia has the Inn at Little Washington, and Tennessee has Blackberry Farm, where the indulgences of a luxury inn are woven together with odes to nature — fly-fishing, hiking, foraging, bird watching, and heirloom gardening — to create a new way of looking at the world, a way in which anything seems possible.
This is particularly true at the Inn's table and in its award-winning wine cellar. To the farm's master gardeners, food artisans and chefs, meals are an opportunity to express not only the earth and the culture of this remote spot, but also its spirit. On a spring day this might mean Rye Whiskey-Cured Trout with Fresh and Pickled Fennel, and the summer garden might inspire a Chilled Corn Soup with Garlic Custard, a papardelle of baby carrots, or a tomato terrine. In the cooler weather, game and traditionally preserved food — cider-basted venison, a shell-bean and gamebird cassoulet, a dried apple stack cake or Bourbon Apple Fried Pies — keep conversation in front of the fire lively. For all its artfulness, however, Blackberry Farm's garden-to-table cooking tends to be an ode to a well-loved cast iron skillet, a backyard smoker or a wood-fired grill.
In the foothills, you don't eat to eat, you eat to talk, to remember and to imagine what you will eat tomorrow. In this book, the stories of the people who practice the traditional mountain food arts — the bacon man, the heirloom gardener, the cheese maker and sausage man — are woven together with the recipes, lore and regional history to reflect the spirit of the cooking at Blackberry Farm. Breathtaking photographs capture the magical world that surrounds the table — the hills and rushing creeks, the lights and shadows of the forest, the moods and moments of the garden.
Rated top small hotel by Zagat, and raved about in travel and food magazines, Blackberry Farm finally shares recipes and stories about its rustic-yet-refined cuisine that blends traditional Appalachian cooking with elevated techniques of New Southern chefs.
About the Author
Blackberry Farm owner SAM BEALL grew up on the property. He apprenticed at the French Laundry and deepened his knowledge of cooking, cheese-making, and wine while working at the Ritz-Carlton, Cowgirl Creamery, and Château Potelle. He oversees Blackberry's farmstead, including heirloom gardens, dairy, cheese-making, salumeria, honey house, and jammery, as well as cooking there frequently.
Writer MOLLY O'NEILL was the food columnist for The New York Times Magazine for ten years. The author of three award-winning cookbooks, she has received numerous James Beard citations and was the host of the PBS series GreatFood. Her work has appeared in Gourmet, Vogue, Real Simple, The New Yorker, and many other major publications.
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