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Farmhouse Cookbook Hardcover – January 11, 1991

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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.
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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: 7.7 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I originally bought this book as an anniversary present. The description of the book was off, yet the Company was phenomenal at ensuring I was satisfied with the purchase. The book itself is a great read. Not just a recipe book, a true testament to all the hard working farmers out there. Helps us appreciate where our food comes from. The importance of supporting local farmers, eating food that has been grown or made locally. I am ordering a new one as a gift, and keeping the used one for myself. Again, I cannot say enough on the great customer service. That's the way business should be done.
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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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I absolutely love this cookbook. It is filled with amazing down-home farm fresh recipes from American farms. If you love to cook, or just love to prepare fresh, delicious meals for your family, add this one to your collection!
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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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