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The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook: Heirloom fruits and vegetables, and more than 100 heritage recipes to inspire every generation Hardcover – October 4, 2011

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“Manhattanites-turned-farmers Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell (beekman1802.com), of reality TV's The Fabulous Beekman Boys, present a brilliantly simple, flawlessly executed collection of seasonal starters, main dishes, sides, and desserts. Readers can expect familiar recipes with a twist, like Homemade Lemonade with Lavender and Vanilla, Mac and Cheese with Kale and Mushrooms, and Bourbon Roast Turkey. Several dishes feature hard-to-find ingredients or heirloom produce, but generally it can be substituted with conventional equivalents and the recipes include variations. The beverages are especially good, and there are a number of fall and winter recipes suitable for the holiday table.”  -- Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)
 
“Borrowing not so much the title as the spirit behind a now-classic cookbook, this enchanting food celebration is all about the joy of cooking. It is also about the joy of using local and seasonal produce and sharing recipes. The authors own a goat farm in upstate New York...and their cookbook is based on their experiences. Its 110 recipes are arranged in four chapters according to the seasons, and the guiding theme for inclusion is that the food is “simple and delicious.” Stress is placed on fresh ingredients, and everyday recipes appear alongside special-event recipes. As every cookbook should, this one shows a deep layer of personalization; the authors' personalities and tastes sweetly enrich the whole book. And foodies will appreciate the ample supply of illustrations of finished products. The first recipe in the collection is deviled eggs with smoked trout, and the reader will rightly guess that this rich treat kicks off an entire book of exciting recipes. A summer meal is topped off with a jumble berry pie, fall brings beef chili with pumpkin and beans, and the holiday season sees bourbon roast turkey served with cornbread stuffing. Oh my!” --Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)
 
“The dynamic stars of Planet Green TV's The Fabulous Beekman Boys offer up the ultimate volume of their most treasured, hand-me-down recipes. In order to “relinquish the overly indulgent and instantly gratified existence to which we had become accustomed,” memoirist Kilmer-Purcell (The Bucolic Plague, 2010, etc.) and Ridge, a former vice president at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, relocated to the 60-acre Beekman farm in upstate New York. Inspired by the country life, their cookbook emphasizes the use of fresh, organic, homegrown ingredients--and not just because their farmhouse is located 20 miles from the nearest grocery store. The authors organize the sections seasonally, beginning with springtime offerings that include greens from the garden to make Dandelion or Spinach salads; asparagus, both roasted and baked into a “custardy” torte; and homegrown peas in a white wine risotto with freshly picked strawberries and rhubarb for sweeter creations. While somewhat light on creativity, heirloom garden fruits and vegetables highlight cool, basic summery offerings such as Chanterais Melon Salad, Grandma's Potato Salad, Meat Loaf Burgers using the authors' signature “Blaak Cheese,” and Buttery Peach Cake. The bountiful harvests from fall and winter inspire more rustic, hearty meals like Hungarian Pork Goulash, Baked Apple Dumplings and Spiced Carrot Cake. Vibrant photographs and personal memories and anecdotes round out this obvious labor of love. The authors shine best when tweaking commonplace recipes with alterations of their own, which, they write, add flavor, sophistication and spicy diversity. For instance, “Supermoist Corn Bread” benefits from the addition of buttermilk and sour cream, while linguine is transformed with freshly chopped mint and lavender. Epicurean advice on toasting nuts and making buttermilk, poultry stocks and greens further enhances this uniquely homespun collection of throwback recipes.
Classic, unfettered goodness with a sustainable mindset.” --Kirkus Reviews

“The Beekman Boys, aka Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge, two former city dwellers who share tales of country life through posts on cooking, health, decorating, gardening, and more on their popular Web site, Beekman1802.com, and in their regularly e-mailed newsletter, are stars on the rise. Featured on Planet Green TV, the duo take their 'heirloom' lifestyle to the masses, creating goat's milk soaps and artisanal cheese, and with their latest endeavor, a cookbook. Organized by season (and subdivided by course), this well-designed gift title presents Heirloom Recipes the authors hope will be passed down through generations, created by 'using ingredients the minute they are plucked out of the garden.' While new cooks may be intimidated by the lack of information on technique or instructional photos or illustrations, the appealing collection of seasonal recipes--spring's dandelion salad with hot bacon dressing; summer's lemonade with lavender and vanilla; fall's roast pork loin with gingerbread stuffing; and winter's macaroni and cheese with kale and mushroom--entice and inspire anyone with a nearby farmers' market. A 'Notes' section gives the title an old-fashioned, personal feel, and top-notch photography by Paulette Tavormina, along with chapter-opening quotes by authors including Henry James, create a complete package that will make even the die-hard urbanite fantasize about country living or at the very least, eating at the farmhouse table. “-- Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Josh Kilmer-Purcell is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bucolic Plague and I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir, and Dr. Brent Ridge is the former VP of healthy living at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Epicure (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140278709X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402787096
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Beekman brothers have a farm and a TV show, on which they pride themselves with their natural, seasonal and artisan products. This is the cookbook that is a result of their philosophies using heirloom and seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Their aim is to have this as keepsake to hand down to your family too. The book has 6 pages with protective covers and inserts to include your own recipes. There are pictures for every 3rd or 4th recipe and also of their home, farm and and the ingredients they use. An introduction is included where they explain their food, philosophies and inform the reader about their lives at Beekman Farm.

Each recipe has a place for you to write your own notes and a few sentences about the recipe itself. Tips are also included, such as toasting nuts and buying and ripening peaches. The recipes are divided by spring, summer, fall and winter. Each section has starters, main dishes, side dishes and desserts.
We have already tried the ham and cheese strata which can be fixed the night before and was a hit with our family; the pumpkin cheese bread is marvelous, with the cheese adding a different flavor than normal pumpkin bread. Other winners were beer-braised beef with onion dumplings. We also fixed harvest beef chili which includes pumpkin and has very interesting flavors, and roast pork loin with gingerbread stuffing and also mushroom pilaf.

All of the dishes we tried and others in the book have unexpected but interesting and different flavors and make for some very remarkable dishes. This would definitely make a great addition for any cookbook collection for you or as a gift.
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I bought this cookbook when the boys visited the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Josh and Brent were kind enough to not only host a cooking demonstration, but also stuck around to visit with everyone. I have met them a couple of times now, and they always are very genuine and exactly how you would expect them to be. Anyways, back to the book. You can tell that the recipes have been very well thought out and I love how they have split the cookbook into the different seasons of the year. The blank spaces in the book, where you can add your own notes, is a thoughtful touch, and the pictures are some of the most beautiful pictures of food I have ever seen! The Beekman Boys promote a lifestyle of knowing and respecting the food you consume, and their cookbook goes a long way to promote just that. So, follow their lead... know where your food comes from and how it is grown or raised, garden if you can, and enjoy and share food and recipes with those you love!
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I have made almost every single recipe in this cookbook (my goal is to make every recipe before the year's up). It was one of the best purchases I've ever made. I think that there were only a couple side dishes that I didn't care for, but almost everything else I've LOVED. The recipes are simple and not pretentious and only use fresh and wholesome ingredients, so I can cook from this almost every day and know that it's healthy. I am creative in the kitchen and like to tweak most recipes (thankfully this book includes spaces for writing notes next to each dish.) For those who are not as experienced and like to measure out everything perfectly and to the letter, you might not enjoy this book as much as I did and some proportions may be off. Some recipes are absolutely perfect as written, and some are good for base recipes.
Some of my favorites are the spinach salad with nasturtiums, mixed greens tart, mini ham and cheese biscuits, pasta with bacon and chestnuts, orange gingerbread, corn fritters, blue cheese pizza, beer-braised beef with onion dumplings, and maple glazed sweet potatoes.
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I got this from the library and after looking through it, I immediately ordered it through Amazon. I was off and cooking that first night with the Corn Chowder Salad. I only wish I had fresh produce to make this with. Instead I used leftover baked potatoes, and frozen corn and peppers from Trader Joes. Still tasted great and my picky husband couldn't get enough once I told him that it was glorified home fries (I had to because corn chowder grosses him out). Tonight I'm making the pasta with cabbage, bacon, and chestnuts. I couldn't find chestnuts because I was told they were a seasonal item so I'll substitute walnuts. I love this book! It's full of cooking adventures!!!!
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I think that people who have a garden and grow heirloom vegetables will love this cookbook. It has a lot of interesting recipes.

The directions are clear and for each recipe you will get the number of servings and a short comment.

In conclusion: a cookbook for gardeners. If you don’t have a garden it can be tricky to cook using the recipes from this book because some of the ingredients may prove to be hard to find.
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Like the Beekman Boys themselves, this cookbook is like no other that I have (and I'm a cookbook junkie)! It is beautifully photographed, and there are so many wonderful recipes that are sorted by season, so you can get what is fresh. They live on the east coast, and I the west, so some things won't be available locally for me, but there is a "notes" section on each individual recipe so you can add your changes and keep track of what works! The recipes are unique and I can't wait to cook my way through this cookbook, which isn't something I can say for most of the ones I have, typically its a few recipes, but I want to try nearly everything in this book!

I would highly recommend this as an addition to your collection or a gift for the cookbook junkie in your life. They will love it! There's even a section for you to add your own recipes to the book so that it can be passed down for generations.
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