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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617690503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617690501
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marie Viljoen blogs at 66 Square Feet. She also teaches at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and contributes to Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She has appeared on NBC, NY1, CBC, and NPR, and in the New York Times and Martha Stewart Living.


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Was excited and thrilled knowing she had a book coming out.
Timshell Rivers
So happy to finally have a book of hers to hold, re-read and share.
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It's a beautiful book: the recipes, photos, and the writing.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John on September 8, 2013
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So many reasons to buy this book. About half the book is mostly Mediterranean-inspired recipes. The remainder is stories about living, adventure, and celebration in New York City. Most recipes begin with commentaries and stories.

If you live in New York City, or did live there, or visited for a long period of time, the stories and photos in this book will take you to the City, not to the tourist spots but to its residential experience. Many photos have you on the ground, in the middle of the hubbub, viewing iconic landmarks from streets, seeing what residents see, transported.

This is also a cooking book, and a few recipes are adventuresome, either dishes outside most mainstream homecooks' repertory or using foraged ingredients. The photos make you want to try the recipes, even if they are new to you. Recipes with foraged foods use easily found ingredients, such as sumac flowerheads or Japanese knotweed. Respecting seasonality, recipes are organized by month. Coincidentally, I suspect this encourages readers to try new foods. For example, July is the month to try cold white garlic soup, with grapes. In September let's try dipping raw vegetables in hot olive oil flavored with anchovies and garlic. In December we can make cocktails from vodka we infused with sumac in August. Want to a new take on your go-to recipes? There is a chicken with olives stew in January, buttermilk mashed potatoes in February, and roast asparagus along with strawberries with prosecco in May. You can be as adventurous as you like. I plan to try one new-to-me dish each month. Which month is Ajo Blanco month? Recipes are easy to find using the book's two-page index.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Casey Ellis on September 6, 2013
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An exquisitely beautiful book with vastly appealing recipes. I add very few new cookbooks to my collection these days, but this one goes on the front shelf. The author has an inviting voice and a clear passion for both cooking and gardening. Heading off to order several more copies to give to friends.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lisa H on October 10, 2013
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This would make an excellent Christmas present for anyone who enjoys beautiful images and great food. I started following Marie's blog after reading about her in Martha Stewart Living magazine. I love getting updates from her blog and was so excited when I heard she was producing a book. Ive made many of the recipes with rave reviews from my husband. The book shows you how every meal can be a memorable one. The pictures of New York are a wonderful reminder of my 2 years there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julie W. Snyder on March 15, 2014
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I just discovered this book in our local bookstore. It is unusual not only because the author gardens in 66 Square Feet on her rooftop terrace in NYC, but also because the book is laid out in a creative and appealing way. The author, Marie, goes through the months of the year in NYC. Her chapters start with a gorgeous photo in the NYC vicinity, the high and low temperatures for the month in Fahrenheit and Celsius and then has pictures of her rooftop garden during that month. Her recipes for each month consist of a complete menu with items from her garden, produce that she can forage (mushrooms) and produce from various stores and vendors.

Her holiday Thanksgiving dinner for November is the following:
Thanksgiving Cocktail
Toasted Cumin Cauliflower Soup
Orange, Olive and Chile Salad with Mint
Fennel Roasted Pork Belly
Sweet Potatoes with Citrus
Panna Cotta with Bergamot-Infused Cranberries

High Summer Supper
Cardinal
Ajo Blanco
Baby Back Ribs with Fresh Herb Sauce
Squash and Bibb Lettuce Salad
Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone

Marie has a blog on her recipes, living in NYC and her adventures there. I've already signed up for it. This book is a treat and certainly shares Marie's "Delicious" life.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Timshell Rivers on September 6, 2013
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I have been following 66 square Feet for over a years on Facebook and her blog. Was excited and thrilled knowing she had a book coming out. Was not disappointed when my packaged arrived, I stayed up till the wee hours reading the whole book recipes and all. Thank you for beautiful images , and wonderful recipes and the thoughtful insight of New York and your amazing little terrace
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This thoughtful and beautifully written and illustrated book will make you feel as if you are travelling along with the author, Marie Viljoen, as she takes you on a journey month-by-month not only describing her lovely roof-top garden and all of it's joys (and sometimes disappointments) but also through her experiences in New York as she forages through the city on her adventures. If you love to 'read' your cookbooks and not just follow it's recipes blindly you will enjoy this book immensely. Ms. Vijoen's love of gardening, cooking and life are contagious!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crafty Lady on November 3, 2013
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I am finding it easier to grow in pots them anything else because of the insects, voles and deer in our yard. (last year our harvest was almost zilch except for the herbs, greens, and small veg i grew in pots..next year on to bigger things!) This book has a lot of good tips and ideas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ElizabethPDX on October 28, 2014
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I loved this book and often enjoy revisiting it. As a fellow forager, gardener and chef, I have long enjoyed Marie's blog. But the book is a treasure all its own. The photography by season is lovely and Marie's prose transports you to her terrace and then beyond to the streets, gardens, parks and natural areas of New York City. It is both about creating a sense of place in a very large metropolis, and, paralleling those sections, about creating those small, personal pleasures and routines that define us as individuals. I feel like I'm sitting with Marie, the Frenchman and Don Estorbo, sharing a little part of the magical world they've created.
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