Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Book Review: "Fresh From the Farm" (Susie Middleton)

Picture the idyllic countryside in a rural area: lush gardens filled with beds of lettuce and spinach, towering tomato plants, and row after row of carrots, onions, and cucumbers, with the gentle clucking of laying hens pacing nearby.

That's the kind of locale from whence author Susie Middleton writes. Her cookbook, Fresh From the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories, is far more than a collection of dozens of recipes, although those are front-and-center important, not to mention mouth-watering.

The book is foremost a story, told in Middleton's warm, inviting, autobiographical voice, about her life with her family on their farm. She includes, with humor, self-deprecation, and poignancy, anecdotes and snippets from the challenging to the overwhelming to the entertaining, and everything in between.

What is particularly refreshing about the book is Middleton's genuine enthusiasm for the life she and her family have chosen to live: with an enormous garden, chickens puttering around the yard, planting and weeding and harvesting their very own produce, and then taking it all one step further by not only sharing the produce with others via their farm stand but also cooking with and preserving their gleanings to ensure the epitome of home-cooked meals.

Meanwhile, the recipes are priceless treasures that just keep giving of themselves. Page after page (interspersed with stunning pictures that will likely make you want to go find an actual farm to visit, at the very least) contain guidance for creating appetizers, salads, breakfast items, main dishes, desserts, and more, all with the best locally grown (home-grown, if possible) produce available.

A highly recommended work!

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Author: Susie Middleton
Title: Fresh From the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories
ISBN: 978-1-60085-904-5
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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