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.
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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.