Now that you have fresh produce and other goods from your farm or garden, what should you make with these fresh, tasty delights? We all want good recipes and a way to use up all that food, not letting any go to waste. Here are 5 cookbook recommendations to help you get those farm goods on to your table.
The Farm: Rustic Recipes for a Year of Incredible Food
by Ian Knauer
Ian Knauer was a cook in the Gourmet test kitchen who quickly became known for recipes so good that they turned the heads of the country’s top food editors. His effortless combinations make the best of seasonal produce or treats from the Pennsylvania farm that has been in his family since the eighteenth century. This cookbook brings those creations to your own kitchen in the form of fresh, modern spins on American classics. Each recipe is simple yet distinctive and homey as well as sophisticated.
Some of the recipes you’ll find in this cookbook include Pasta with Radishes and Blue Cheese, which incorporates the radish leaves as well as the root, Swiss Chard Salad, Potato Nachos, Spicy Cilantro Chicken Wings, Cloud Biscuits, Chicken with Garlic Scape Pesto, Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie and even a Dandelion Green Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing. You’ll even learn how to brew your own hard cider in this book!
Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains
by Tieghan Gerard
Tieghan Gerard grew up in the Colorado mountains and started cooking at the age of 15. She has a knack for creating unique dishes, which led to her blog, Half Baked Harvest. Since then, millions of people have fallen in love with her fresh take on comfort food. In this cookbook, you’ll find recipes perfect for weekday nights and a fun weekend, recipes that are decadent as well as ones that are mindful.
Enjoy BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad with Avocado Ranch, No-Guilt Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo, Blackened Mahimahi Tacos and even a Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake. Or serve stir fry over forbidden black rice, give French Onion Soup an Irish kick with Guinness and soda bread or decorate a standard salad with spicy and crispy sweet potato fries. This farm to table cookbook has a hearty mix of healthy, savory and sweet.
Farm to Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers Market
by Lei Shishak
Whether you supplement some of your own backyard gardening buy purchasing from your local farmer’s market or you grown your own garden and small orchard, you will enjoy these sweet delights. This cookbook is broken down by season, making it easy to find the right recipe so that you can use fresh produce at their peak of flavor and nutrients.
Some of the recipes you’ll find in this cookbook include a Sweet Corn Panna Cotta, Fig Jam, Stone Peach Cobbler, Blood Orange Pot de Crème, Strawberry Hand Pie and Sweet Potato Cake.
Farm to Chef: Cooking Through the Seasons
by Lynn Crawford
Lynn Crawford has received tremendous media attention and international awards. This cookbook is a winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2017. In this cookbook, Crawford takes seasonal cuisine and turns it into a contemporary feast. The recipes are big on flavor and easy on technique. It’s a captivating cookbook but is also straightforward, keeping you from feeling overwhelmed.
You’ll go on a year-long, seasonally organized journey with 140 original recipes that use a range of ingredients. Some of the recipes you’ll be able to whip up include Zucchini Bread with Walnut-Honey Butter and Primavera Pizza with Ramp Pesto. Or make classics with a fresh take, like Butter Chicken with Rutabaga or Fennel Gratin with Feta and Dill. Try Carrot Lemongrass Soup with Ginger Pork Dumplings during the cold months and Grilled Flank Steak with Charred Beefsteak Tomatoes and Blue Cheese during the hotter months.
The CSA Cookbook: No-Waste Recipes for Cooking Your Way Through a Community Supported Agriculture Box, Farmer’s Market or Backyard Bounty
by Linda Ly
Linda Ly is the blogger behind the award-winning gardenbetty.com. She pulls endless inspiration from her modern homestead by the sea, giving a whole generation new ways to re-imagine the backyard garden. This cookbook gives a uniquely delicious take on modern farm food. The recipes also utilize every edible part of the plant, including leaves, flowers, stems and seeds.
The cookbook includes 105 seasonal recipes as well as some innovative ideas for preparing the lesser-known yet still delicious parts of plants, tips for using the odds and ends of veggies and some preservation techniques. You’ll be able to bring a variety of tastes and textures to your table with recipes like Sicilian Squash Shoot Soup or Autumn Acorn Squash Stuffed with Kale, Cranberries and Walnuts.
From full meals to desserts to canning, these farm to table cookbooks will help you create simple yet delicious meals. Each of these cookbooks brings a new, modern and fresh take to farm fresh foods. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get cooking!