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"...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

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"The Martha's Vineyard resident and farmstand owner combines her trademark, deeply flavored recipes with anecdotes of farm life. The book makes a fine companion for those long winter nights spent browsing through seed catalogs."

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"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

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"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

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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

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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: 0.8 x 8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Format: Kindle Edition
Title: Fresh From the Farm - A Year of Recipes & Stories
Author: Susie Middleton
Published: 2-11-14
Publisher: The Tauntan Press
Pages: 256
Genre: Non-Fiction
Sub Genre: Cooking; Food & Wine; New England; Cooking By Ingredient
ISBN: 9781600859045
ASIN: B00IN4V1E4
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley

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Book Blurb: "Part cookbook, part memoir; fresh from the Farm chronicles a year in of Susie Middleton's life on her farm as she nurtures both her seedlings and her soul, weathers life as a famer and creates 125 recipes that celebrate cooking with the seasons."

Leaving the hectic corporate life behind in search of a slower more simple and quiet life, Susie Middleton and her husband brought a farm and began growing their own vegetables and fruits. The then went on to experiment in her kitchen to perfect her recipes using the bounty of her labors. Included are stories of Susie Middleton's telling of her transformation and memories.

The recipes vary in fruits and vegetables which include many salad recipes which I cannot get enough of. I could eat them every day and never grow tired of them. You also need to try the Fiesta Fajitas with Grilled Roasted Steak, Peppers and Onions. At the end of the book there are basic drawings and instructions for constructing a farm stand and a chicken coop. The recipes are easy to follow full of flavor. Susie Middleton's story is one many of us wish we could live. 4 Stars
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