Fresh From The Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories
By: Susie Middleton
A Cookbook ReviewFresh From The Farm: A Year of Stories and Recipes by Susie Middleton
When you open Susie Middleton’s new book, Fresh From The Farm: A Year Of Recipes and Stories, you immediately feel that picturesque farm image. You know the one with a big red barn, the white picket fence, cows eating bright green grass, fields of all sorts of perfectly groomed crops and a farmer, with boots, and a tractor. I received a digital copy of this book and was eager to read on. From the first page, Middleton shares stories of how her farm on Martha’s Vineyard came to be, and how she left her big city job, and fell in love. It’s like Middleton is speaking just to you, and she really welcomes you into her book.
The book is divided up into three parts, each part is a different growing season; late spring and early fall, high summer and what she refers to as a bonus season, Indian summer and early fall. I love that Fresh From The Farm is mostly vegetable dishes too – I’d say 90%. The emphasis of the book is definitely on the recipes, but like I mentioned earlier, the stories that Middleton shares make the book feel like an old family cookbook that has been passed down from your great grandmother with stories of her farm, and why she made each recipe. Middleton truly embraces the family farm angle.
This book is great for vegetarians, and carnivores alike, or for the home cook looking for new vegetable side dish recipes that use seasonal ingredients.
I chose mostly recipes from the Indian summer, and early fall section since the fall season is upon us. And because I live in Denver, which is pretty close to California, we still get some “summer” veggies, so I chose some of the high summer recipes too. Here are the recipes I chose, and can’t wait to try:
- Grilled Salad Pizzettes with Balsamic Drizzle and Flavored Oils (pizza… of course!)
- Swiss Chard and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas with Pepper Jack Cheese
- Southwestern Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Farm Stand Vegetables
- Zucchini and Corn Pancakes with Greek Yogurt and Honey
- Breakfast Tostadas with Scrambled Eggs, Sweet Corn, Cilantro and Fresh Salsa
- Curry Coconut Butternut Squash Soup
- Herb and Lemon Marinated Feta
- Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Thyme, Parmigiano and Toasted Pine Nuts
- Caramelized Carrots and Shallots with Spinach and Citrus Brown Butter
- “Mac ‘N Cheese” with Kale, Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomatoes
- A Bed of Buttery Brussels Sprout Leaves and Silky Leeks
Overall, this is a great cookbook for those looking to add more vegetable recipes to their repertoire. If you like these recipes, and this book, you’ll love Susie Middleton’s other books; Fresh and Green Table and Fast, Fresh and Green. Fresh From The Farm, and Susie’s other books are available at local book stores and on Amazon.