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Farmhouse Cookbook Hardcover – January 11, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (January 11, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563051257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563051258
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Loomis, author of the excellent Great American Seafood Cookbook ( LJ 10/15/88), spent several years criss-crossing the country in search of "the soul of the American family farm." Here she presents 300 recipes, some from the families she met, some her own, along with a great deal of information about the farmers themselves and what they produce. While all the recipes are good, a few seem somewhat out of sync with the rest of the book (e.g., Grilled Shrimp in Chile Marinade with Three Melons), and some readers may find the headnotes and sidebars overly long. Glenn Andrews's recent Food from the Heartland ( LJ 4/15/91) provides a good, though more limited, look at farm cooking; still, Loomis's latest should prove popular too. BOMC HomeStyle alternate; Better Homes & Garden alternate.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Kirkus Reviews

To compile this cookbook Loomis has visited farms throughout the country, and the recipes come with notes on her encounters with the farmers. Since she writes well (allowing for the usual cookbook writer's effusion), this adds a nice dimension to your experience of the dish. The food is good, not necessarily low in fat (the heavy breakfasts seem particularly artery-clogging) but otherwise wholesome and often organic, and far from limited to standard American meat-and-potatoes, though there is much of that too. Loomis had Mexican posole and tamale pie on a farm in Iowa, a Finnish stuffed cabbage in Montana, a slow-cooked Basque leg of lamb in Idaho, curried catfish in Mississippi, and heaps of enticing cookies, cakes, pies, and baked fruit desserts everywhere. She visited an herb farm, a trout farm, an almond farm, and a garlic farm, and she describes operations on some of these and others in interesting two- or three-page profiles. Likely to have wide appeal. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

More About the Author

SUSAN HERRMANN (formerly Loomis), BIOGRAPHY
www.onruetatin.com Www.nutsinthekitchen.com

I am a France-based, award-winning author with nine books to my credit, as well as a professionally trained chef and cooking school proprietor. Originally from Seattle, Washington, I moved to France in the early 1980's to study cooking, stayed on to open a restaurant, and then to work with Patricia on her first book, THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO PAIRS. I returned to live in France again in 1993, and opened my cooking school in 2001.
Included among my books are THE GREAT AMERICAN SEAFOOD COOKBOOK, FARMHOUSE COOKBOOK, CLAMBAKES AND FISH FRIES, FRENCH FARMHOUSE COOKBOOK, ITALIAN FARMHOUSE COOKBOOK, (all Workman Publishing, Inc.) and ON RUE TATIN (Broadway Books. 2001) a narrative about my life in France, with recipes, which won the IACP best literary food book for 2002. It was followed by a sequel, TARTE TATIN (Harper Collins UK, 2003), by COOKING AT HOME ON RUE TATIN, (William Morrow, May 2005)and most recently by NUTS IN THE KITCHEN (William Morrow 2010).
I contribute to many newspapers and magazines including COOKING LIGHT, METROPOLITAN HOME, THE NEW YORK TIMES, GOURMET, and BON APPETIT, and have appeared on Good Morning America (ABC), Home Matters, Epicurious/Discovery, The Splendid Table with Lynn Rosetto Kasper" (MPR); "Food Talk with Arthur Schwartz" (WOR); and "Good Food Hour with Evan Kleinman" (KSRO);
My cooking school in Louviers, Normandy and in Paris is a cultural and hands-on culinary program. Participants spend five delicious days cooking and enjoying the meals we've made together, along with wines from throughout France, visiting local markets and artisan food producers, and getting an in-depth look at and feeling for all that is wonderful about France. My cooking classes in Paris will be similar, with hands-on classes in Patricia's gorgeous kitchen, visits to producers, and an insider's look at Paris and its gastronomy. www.onruetatin.com I am also a founding member of notakeout.com a website devoted to making mealtimes manageable and delicious!




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This is a new family favorite for us.
C. L. Stephenson
This book offers over 300 recipes directly from the kitchens from ordinary Americans; ordinary Americans who can all happen to cook and cook well.
D. Blankenship
I have a extensive cookbook collection and this is my favorite book hands down.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amanda A. White on July 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is my FAVORITE cookbook ever! I am a self-proclaimed cookbook junkie who lost all my collection in hurricane Katrina. I purchased this cookbook ten years ago in my college bookstore and have made so many memorable dishes from it. Aside from the great food it is a pleasurable read. I am so happy it is still in print and can't wait to get it back!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The author traveled the country visiting farms and collecting recipes, many of which are family recipes made for generations. Each is introduced with a section of text explaining it's origin, how to select and use ingredients, hints on cooking, variations, and stories of the people she met while compiling this book. If you want good home cooking made simple but VERY tasty, this is the book for you.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "magaidh" on September 2, 2002
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I have a extensive cookbook collection and this is my favorite book hands down. Everything I've made from it has been very good. Some of the recipes are a bit labor intensive but I've found that the end result is worth the effort. The whoopie pies are a bit of heaven on earth!
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What an absolute delightful read this work is. Note I said "read" because this is so very much more that just an ordinary cookbook; although an excellent book of cooking it is!

The author, Susan Herrmann Loomis whose previous work The Great American Seafood Cookbook is one of the best seafood cookbooks I have ever used, spent two years traveling around the country, visiting small towns, farms, ranches, vineyards, orchards and the many private homes found on these places, talking with the people who live there and sharing their food.

This book offers over 300 recipes directly from the kitchens from ordinary Americans; ordinary Americans who can all happen to cook and cook well. There is a representation from many states, from the East Coast to the West Coast. Fowl, fish, beef, port, vegetables, beans, grains, fruit, soups, baked goods, breads and so much more. We have personally tried and tested around 15 recipes from this work and I must say, each was an absolute delight.

The author has liberally sprinkled very interesting stories about the people who fed her along with historical facts, origins of dishes and heaps of trivia; food trivia. Do you know what a Cornish Game Hen is? Want to try something new and a bit different? Try dilled beets and potatoes or a blue cheese and onion tart.

I found the stories of the people interviewed (while the author was eating their food) to be fascinating and just proves what I have always said in that no matter where you travel, if you make just a bit of an effort, you will always find interesting and nice people.

Please take note: Many of the recipes in this work are quite labor intensive.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
The loin of pork with the coriander crust is out of this world, and a regular at my house. Also, try the mashed yams and apples, which pairs nicely with the pork recipe.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Miatagirl on June 4, 2002
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I was so pleased to receive this book through Pamela Ball. She shipped it so quickly and in fabulous condition. The whole book is worth every penny. So sad that it's out of print at the moment. They should consider putting this book into circulation again soon. The recipes are wonderful. A crucial part of a cookbook collection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 2002
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I have a extensive cookbook collection and this is my favorite book hands down. Everything I've made from it has been very good. Some of the recipes are a bit labor intensive but I've found that the end result is worth the effort. The whoopie pies are a bit of heaven on earth!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tina k. fusco on May 11, 2006
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I was looking for down home recipes and this book delivers. awesome for the price. I did not want to have to shop the ends of the earth for exotic ingredients and this book keeps it pure and simple. Food that nourishes the soul.
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