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Farmhouse Cookbook

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A book by Susan Herrmann Loomis

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 … see full wiki

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Author: Susan Herrmann Loomis
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
1 review about Farmhouse Cookbook


  • Jun 14, 2010
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. Most of the dishes here are far more than "chop, chop and stick it in the microwave" type stuff. All are prepared by what we refer to as "scratch." That being said, most of the offerings here can be made by the relatively inexperienced cook.

If you do not already have this book, then you need to get a copy on your shelf. Even if you don't cook, this is one interesting read.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks

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