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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; First Edition edition (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600859046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600859045
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book has everything, and is artfully constructed and written with heart."

(Boston Globe)

"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)

"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)

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)

From the Author

One day you wake up and your fantasy has become reality, and you are more surprised than anyone at what you've managed to pull off. This is how it happened to me: I longed for a simpler life, I quit my big magazine job and my fancy suburb, moved to an island, became a freelance writer, sold my high heels and frilly skirts at a consignment shop, and bought a pair of work boots.
I planted a teeny garden. Then a bigger one. I met a carpenter, fell in love, moved into a creaky old farmhouse on the edge of an endless hay field, and planted an even bigger garden.
Then the carpenter built me a little farm stand from salvaged wood. We stuck it at the end of the dirt driveway and neighbors and friends and visitors came shopping for lovely lettuce and skinny string beans and glossy cherry tomatoes from our market garden. 
And we cooked from our garden every day. We grilled Fairy Tale eggplants and stir-fried Shuko Pac Choi with lime basil. We made lobster rolls with fresh peas and strawberry-rhubarb crisp with brown-sugar-pecan topping. 
We got some baby chicks and watched them grow rosy red combs and spangly feathers and dance in the grass with squirmy bugs. We fell in love with the Ladies even before they started laying those miracles...And so we got a few more chickens. Then a few more. Then 500 (yes).
We built a hoop house and a bigger farm stand and we planted more veggies. Even gave ourselves a real name: Green Island Farm.
That's the short story of how the little farm (and a lovely book inspired by it) came to be. The whole story features wild raspberries, wild turkeys, a rope swing, a hurricane, and a very special little girl and her pet dog. I hope you enjoy reading and cooking from Fresh From the Farm as much as I enjoyed writing it. With 125 recipes and 200 photos--not to mention an appendix of farm designs--I think you'll find something you'll like, whether it's a Backyard Berry Ice Cream Pie with Chocolate Sauce or a Roasted Squash & Pear Salad with Ginger Lime Vinaigrette or a design for a small chicken coop or a new variety of lettuce to grow. Or just a good story. 

More About the Author

Cook-writer-farmer Susie Middleton gets to do what she loves every day. The author of Fast, Fresh & Green and The Fresh & Green Table has just written her third book, Fresh From the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories, about cooking, growing, and living on a little farm on the island of Martha's Vineyard. A farm stand, a farm dog, 500 chickens, a hoop house, and a whole lot of vegetables make days on the farm long and tiring but sweet and fulfilling at the same time. Mealtime is pretty swell, too. (Fresh from the Farm has 125 delicious seasonal recipes for everything from appetizers to dessert, in addition to loads of color photos, stories, and four farm designs.)

Susie is the former chief editor and current editor at large for Fine Cooking magazine and has had her (big) toe in the publishing waters since she published her first poem in sixth grade. In addition to blogging at sixburnersue.com, she writes for national and regional magazines and occasionally for the Huffington Post. She is eternally grateful for an amazing education: Holton Arms School, Duke University, NYU Publishing Institute, The Institute of Culinary Education, Martha's Vineyard university.

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The recipes are very clear and easy to follow.
Jean A Mellinger
I would love to work my way through this book and try every recipe!
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I love the photography and the stories throughout the book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on March 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
"...the vegetables-how we shaped our lives around growing and harvesting them and how we honored them in the kitchen-are the real stars. Here are their stories and ours."

Charming stories and recipes from a home gardener, Susie Middleton, who started it all with a small farm stand at the end of her driveway. She features interesting recipes with plants that she grows. I liked that the recipes were grouped by season, so plants that would be growing together at the time are in recipe together.

A lot of the recipes have new twists to it Gingery Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with Brown Sugar-Pecan Topping that I can not wait to try! The Spicy Green Beans from the High Summer chapter also look interesting, and I always seem to grow a lot of green beans. I'm glad there was also a dessert recipe for all of those extra zucchini and a bunch of recipes for winter squash.

As a bonus, the end of the book contains design plans for a farm stand, indoor seed starting station, raised garden beds and a chicken coop.

A great book for any gardener who would like more recipes to use their in-season produce with or an indiscriminatory farmer's market shopper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ski-Wee's Book Corner on April 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The story of Susie and Roy Middleton is told in this wonderful collection of farm fresh recipes cookbook. They started with a small stand and a few harvested items.

As their story develops, the book is filled with great recipes. The format is similar to a regular cookbook, but in the sidebar is the continuing narrative of how this venture began and grew.

Fresh from the Farm contains beautifully crisp and clear photographs of recipes and ingredients. In addition, the preparation instructions are easily readable.

I picked my favorites to be Spring Celebration Salad with Crab Cakes and Avocado-Chive Dressing and Roasted Beet ‘Jewels’ with Cranberries, Toasted Pecans and Balsamic Butter. Of course, I would replace the pecans with pine nuts. I am not a big pecan fan. Caramelized Carrots and Shallots with Spinach and Citrus Brown Butter seemed an interesting combination. I would try this because of my love for carrots and spinach.

At the end of the book, there is an appendix on different designs for your personal or market gardening. If you like trying new and exciting recipes, this is the cookbook for you. I recommend this book for anyone who loves to cook and as a gift opportunity.

I received this book free from The Taunton Press, Inc. through the Net Galley Review Program for an unbiased and honest review.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By I Do the Speed Limit TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Familiar with Susie Middleton's previous books? You are in for a surprise with this one! The teaching lessons are over--at least for vegetables. In this book Ms. Middleton puts all her vegetable experience together--with all the flavor pairings and techniques that you learned in those first two books--and shows us how she now grows those veggies and prepares them for her family at a tiny, old farmhouse (with acreage) in Martha's Vineyard. If you read this book early in the year, you'll be wishing your garden to hurry up and get growing!

Did you come to this review wondering how this book differs from the other two? This third book teaches more about leading a satisfying lifestyle through gardening and, through her recipes, working with whatever you might find that day in your garden. If you are already armed with her previous books, the recipes in this book will come naturally to you. They will move you!

The recipes in this book are stellar. I will want to try them all, even though many are just variations on recipes that come naturally to an experienced cook with a vegetable garden in the back yard. There are about ten recipes in here that I've already tried with variations because of the season, (see my disclosure at the end this review), and want to keep and use throughout the growing year. There are many, many simple recipes that are take-offs on what she's taught us in her previous books, common-sense pairings based on what you might have picked from your garden that day, and variations of recipes that you've run across before and are already in your repertoire.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa of Fresh Eggs Daily on February 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The very best cookbooks, in my opinion combine easy-to-follow, delicious recipes with beautiful photographs. Susie Middleton's new cookbook does this and more. In addition to stunning photographs not only of the finished dishes but also of her chickens, gardens and herself puttering around her farm, there are numerous gardening and cooking tips sprinkled throughout this visually appealing cookbook.

The recipes are arranged by season, and rely heavily on homegrown or locally sourced fresh ingredients, making them very nutritious and healthful which is an added bonus. Simple enough make regularly for your family on a busy weekday for dinner, they are also sophisticated enough to serve at a dinner party for friends and range from herbed corn and bean saute to pan-grilled pork chops with rice and coconut. There are loads of recipes for grilled and pan-fried vegetables and fruits, offering a variety of ways to use your garden bounty. Although heavy on the veggies, there are main dish recipes that include chicken, shrimp, pork and beef. Desserts include claufoutis, crepes, ice cream, crisp, and compote.

There are also rudimentary sketches for a farm stand, raised bed and chicken coop in the back of the book.

I highly recommend this cookbook for anyone who grows their own produce or is looking to incorporate more fresh ingredients into their cooking. If you follow Ms. Middleton on her blog or other social media and enjoy her writing, I think you also enjoy this peek further into her life.
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