The Farm: Rustic Recipes for a Year of Incredible Food

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 - Cooking - 233 pages
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When Ian Knauer was a cook in theGourmettest kitchen, he quickly became known for recipes so stupendously good that they turned the heads of the country’s top food editors—effortless combinations that made the best of seasonal produce or treats from the Pennsylvania farm that has been in his family since the eighteenth century.

InThe Farm, Knauer brings his creations to your kitchen. From Cold-Spring-Night Asparagus Soup to Brick Chicken with Corn and Basil Salad, the 150 recipes in this book will help you make the most of your market, garden, or CSA. They are fresh, modern spins on American classics, with ingredients anyone can obtain. Each one is simple, distinctive, and satisfying, getting the best food to the table in the least amount of time. They are both homey and sophisticated.

You’ll find recipes that incorporate all parts of the vegetable, like Pasta with Radishes and Blue Cheese, which incorporates the radish leaves as well as the root, and spritely Swiss Chard Salad. You’ll learn how to make great food from simple ingredients you have on hand, like Potato Nachos. You’ll discover recipes for less-familiar produce from your market or your backyard, such as Chicken with Garlic Scape Pesto and Dandelion Green Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing.

Many of these recipes have been in Knauer’s family for generations, like Pennsylvania Dutch-Style Green Beans or Cloud Biscuits. You won’t want to miss his expertly tweaked renditions of his mother and grandmother’s desserts: Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie, Blueberry Belle Crunch, and Mary’s Lemon Sponge Pie.

Whether you want to learn how to roast a pig, make your own hot sauce, or brew hard cider,The Farm brings artisanal cooking home, even as Knauer’s vivid stories trace a year in the seasons of the farm.

 

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Contents

A Single Spear of Asparagus
25
A New Link in the Chain
47
I Got a Pig
69
Eating Between the Rows
89
The Unstoppable Bounty of the Garden
105
A JarFul of Sunshine a BottleFul of Sin
137
A Cool Change in the Breeze
161
Loving Learning and a Ton of Hard Work
179
Fifty Heads of Garlic
207
Index
227
Back Flap
235
Back Cover
236
Spine
237
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[photo of Ian on tractor, from blad] A former food editor of Gourmet, IAN KNAUER contributes articles and recipes to Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking , Men's Health , Men's Journal , theatlantic.com,  AOL Food, salon.com, and gilt.com. He also develops recipes for the Food Network, including for The Next Food Network Star, and the Cooking Channel. He appears regularly on the Cooking Channel's Unique Eats . Besides writing extensively for  Gourmet , he cohosted two of the magazine's award-winning television series, Diary of a Foodie  and Adventures with Ruth .   

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