Listing Category: Cookbooks We Like

Creme de la Crop

Beautifully Designed, Inspired By Nature

In 2002 Creme de la Crop started growing organic produce for the community on their seventy-acre, family farm. That passion continues through our Community Supported Agriculture Program. Now the operation provides a wide range of locally produced and small-batch goods, in an on-site farm store. Handcrafted Candles, Skincare, and Soaps are made in-house with the finest ingredients available. We simply share with you what we love.

Charlestown Farm

We are an on-farm CSA just south of Phoenixville, PA. We started in 2002 with a mission to provide our community with naturally grown, pesticide free food and to create a farm that members could call their own.

We harvest most of the share but also have beautiful U-pick gardens where members can pick flowers, herbs, small fruits, cherry tomatoes, hot peppers, beans and peas.

It is our hope that our farm creates an appreciation for the value of productive farmland in suburban Philadelphia.

Birchwood Cafe Cookbook

Creating a better world starts at home—in the kitchen—and for twenty years the Birchwood Cafe has guided diners to live and eat sustainably and joyfully. Now you can sample Birchwood’s recipes—adapted for home cooks—and fill your own table with some of the irresistible fare that has made the cafe one of the region’s best-loved restaurants. […]

From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce

From Asparagus to Zucchini answers the question of what to do with your armloads of greens, exotic herbs (and the never-before-seen vegetables).

The Cook and the Gardener

The unique, award-winning cookbook—a collection of seasonal recipes from a traditional French garden. Winner of the Best Book on France by a Non-French Writer Award at the Versailles Cookbook Fair; finalist for the Julia Child Award, the Gourmet Magazine Award, and “Best Cookbook of the Year” sponsored by IACP; and nominated in the international category of the KitchenAid Book Awards of the James Beard Foundation Awards.

A unique blend of stylish cookbook and earthy garden story, here is a collection of 250 recipes derived from a centuries-old French kitchen garden. The stunning debut of a lively new culinary voice, The Cook and the Gardener chronicles a year in the life of the walled kitchen garden at Chateau du Fey and its taciturn, resourceful, charmingly sly peasant caretaker. Using the fruits and vegetables harvested from Monsieur Milbert’s garden, Amanda Hesser creates four seasons of recipes tied ineluctably to the land and the all-but-forgotten practices upheld by Milbert.

Hesser’s sublimely simple recipes—each with accessible ingredients and clear notes and instructions—also tell a story. They are a month-by-month record of the ingredients available to her, so that this cookbook also serves as an almanac for cooks. Special “Basics” sections at the opening of each season lay the culinary groundwork for the recipes that follow. Tips on how to buy, store, and prepare particular vegetables, fruits, and herbs are presented in margin notes to recipes.

By bringing the kitchen closer to the garden, The Cook and the Gardener gives home cooks a new understanding of the produce they have on hand, whether from the supermarket, the farmer’s market, or their own gardens. At the same time, it captures the quirky customs and wily wisdom of a vanishing way of life in provincial France.

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