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The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook Hardcover – November 2, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (November 2, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316496995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316496995
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Christopher Kimball, editor and founder of Cook's Illustrated magazine, grew up during the 1950s in rural Vermont, where he spent many summers working as a farmhand. His most cherished memories were of the yellow farmhouse, where an eclectic gathering of workers met at noon for hearty meals of roast, potatoes, boiled greens, baking-powder biscuits, molasses cookies, and perhaps a pie. Kimball's memories of this time make for a book that is as good to read as it is to cook from.

Kimball has painstakingly tried and tested hundreds of recipes for those childhood roasts, cookies, apple pies, and other nurturing farmhouse delights. In The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook, he reworks them for the modern kitchen (olive oil and hand mixers are allowed), while still capturing "the spirit of farmhouse cooking, using simple ingredients simply prepared."

Within each chapter, memories, recipes, and cooking techniques effortlessly roll into one another. In "The Dairy," we are whisked back to Kimball's 10th year, when he milked cows. Back then, "milk was stored in large cans set into a thick metal cooler filled with cold water." This description sets the perfect scene for milky recipes such as an American Baked Custard, several tapioca puddings, chocolate mousses, and cream pies. All adhere to the book's main premise: simple cooking with basic ingredients. Other chapters are solely devoted to meat, vegetables, baking, breakfast, cookies, fruit, and preserving, as well as a buying guide for purchasing the best cookware and kitchen tools. With so much research, and so many recipes and reminiscences, The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook really is an act of culinary love and devotion. --Naomi Gesinger

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What sets The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook apart ... is Kimball's experimental streak.... The charts and commentary on kitchen equipment are easily worth the price of the book... -- The New York Times Book Review, William Grimes

More About the Author

Chris Kimball founded Cook's Magazine in 1980. Now known as Cook's Illustrated, it has a paid circulation of 900,000. He also hosts America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country, the top-rated cooking shows on public television. A regular contributor to the Today show, CBS's The Early Show, and NPR's Morning Edition, he lives in Boston and Vermont. Fannie's Last Supper, the film of the dinner that Kimball served in his 1859 townhouse, airs in fall 2010.

Customer Reviews

It has a lot of very good info in it.
Victoria
Everything I have watched, listened to and read from Cook's Illustrated Editor Christopher Kimball has been excellent.
John A. Norris
I had been looking for this cookbook ever since I borrowed it from the library and had to return it.
MM

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By jumpy1 on January 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A NYC Chef, I took this book with me when going down south to cook for 2 older southern gentlemen because I was informed under no uncertain terms that I would have to cook old-fashioned American country food. This book turned out to be very dependable. I am intrigued by the less than satisfactory reviews of the book. He definitely backtracks on some of his recipes in the Cook's Bible (he tells you where) but he also talks about how he improved the recipe here. To be sure, I have modifications in mind for my own taste on several of the recipes, and find the "master recipe" concept for things like mashed potatoes amusing, but this book's results are very enjoyable home-style cooking. One major feature for me was that I've been used to the organic produce and variety one finds in NY, but there, that wasn't available. These recipes came through because they are written for what one can find in a grocery store anywhere in the country.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic cookbook if you want the best of American cooking. It's also two cookbooks in one. For me, it is first an invitation to smart cooking that gets results every time. After reading the cookbook and with the holiday season, I decided to make pie for company for the first time. Three terrific pies later (one friend said it was the best pie he had ever had), I know this is a reliable recipe. And now my friends think I am an expert on pie! These recipes work because Kimball finds the right balance between health and taste.The second aspect of the cookbook is the collection of stories that you want to curl up with in front of a fire. After reading the stories, I want to keep cooking. Kimball brings with the recipes the smell and taste of American cooking. Most of my cookbooks are gathering dust - they are just hollow renditions of recipes, some of which work, some of which don't. This one is at the center of my kitchen: I can trust what Kimball says and I can read a good food story before I start chopping vegetables.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Catherine S. Vodrey on May 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
There is great comfort for any cook who finds a cookbook author he or she likes: you know what to expect, you trust their judgement and their recipes, you like their voice. That's the case with Christopher Kimball and me.
Christopher Kimball founded and still edits COOK'S ILLUSTRATED magazine. I always learn something from COOK'S. Its laconic, thorough approach is Chris incarnate, and this unfussy spirit is echoed in "The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook" as well. With its yellow-checked cover, an old-fashioned typeface (Poor Richard, perhaps?), and illustrations reminiscent of woodblock prints by Rockwell Kent or Barry Moser, this is a conscious visual effort to call up the gentle past.
The recipes, however, are anything but nostalgic. Chris flatly debunks assumption after assumption about recipes we thought we knew. He is a demon tester, and has charted wonderful new paths to the same old dishes, making them bright and newly delicious in our mouths. Several "Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook" recipes have become family favorites in my home (especially the scalloped potatoes, which get requested on practically a weekly basis). This book is a stroke of good fortune for any home cook.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Besides being a good read, with Kimball's charming reminiscences of growing up in a quaint Vermont country town, this cookbook is a treasure because of the multitude of absolutely reliable recipes for the best country cooking to be had! I just love this cookbook, and it is the first one I reach for when making meals everyday for my family. It is full of recipes for the type of good, hearty, down-home cooking that you grew up with and/or crave. These recipes are so thoroughly tested and well explained that they are, well, fool-proof. Kimball tells you why and how. All the recipes I have tried have been superb. The chicken pot pie is homey and satisfying. The buttermilk biscuits are so tender and fluffy and high, I threw away my old biscuit recipe and will not make biscuits any other way now. The buttermilk pancakes are the best and most tender I have ever had -- the secret is in the egg whites. Read why inexpensive cast-iron cookware is all you need for good cooking. Now I understand why my expensive Calphalon pans and non-stick coatings have long disappointed me. As soon as I had finished reading this book cover to cover, I bought a cast-iron Dutch oven and two skillets, and now I am cooking happy. If you want a cookbook to cook real meals by, this is the one!!!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have just baked my second Lemon Meringue Pie (p. 312), and thanks to the exhaustive research and excellent, easy to understand instruction, it is perfect. Never again will I have to tolerate gummy, stiff, overly sweet lemon pies with topped with weepy, puddled meringue. Master recipes for old standards with new variations make this book a must have for anyone who cooks. Mr. Kimball's narrative is just as entertaining outside of the kitchen as in it. We can't wait for his next installment!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Red Arrow Ranch on April 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I like this book very much. As usual Chris Kimball gifts us his knowledge and expertise, along with wonderful stories and thoughts. So then, with all his expertise and knowledge...why does Christopher Kimball mess up so horribly in the index? I spent 30 mintues trying to find a recipe for cinnamon rolls. Then I gave up and went to my old standard The Farm Journals Baking Book. The index is one powerful tool in any book like this...we need an index. If there is an order to it I have yet to figure it out. When I want or need a recipe I want to be able to find it right now, not waste a huge chunk of time searching for the subject.
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