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Farmhouse Cookbook

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Nothing evokes comfort, warmth, and mouth-watering hospitality like the dishes prepared by people who actually grow the food. From Susan Herrmann Loomis, author of The French Farmhouse Cookbook, The Italian Farmhouse Cookbook, The Great American Seafood Cookbook, and Clambakes & Fish Fries, Farmhouse Cookbook is the result of a 20,000-mile trek across rural America in ...more
Paperback, 526 pages
Published January 10th 1991 by Workman Publishing Company
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I have a lot of cookbooks and this is one of my favorites! I've used it as a cookbook, but just finished reading it as a book. The anecdotes are so alive. You want to put the book down and either start cooking or plan your vacation (or move) to the French countryside. The author really makes you appreciate the simplicity of good cooking and fresh ingredients.
Jan 25, 2009 Michele rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Home cooks trying to recreate authentic French recipes
Recommended to Michele by: Susan hermann Loomis
I met Susan Hermann Loomis when I attended her cooking school, On Rue Tatin, outside of Paris in the spring of 2007, and that's where I purchased her cookbook. And while it is over a decade old, it's still available from some retailers and is astonishingly relevant in 2008. Susan was on a mission to meet local farmers and purchase only the freshest local ingredients from farmers she knew and trusted to create authentic French recipes long before you heard about CSAs or grass fed beef here in Col ...more
Nov 15, 2007 Shanna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: food
She travelled 30,000 miles to talk to people from across the country. Somehow there are no tasty treats from KY? WHAT?
Otherwise, chock-full of surprisingly innovative and at times healthy recipes from all around the US. I have at least 50 dog-eared. A lot of great profiles of organic farmers and informative essays on biodynamic practices years before it was trendy to do so. Also, many recipes are often accompanied by tasty wine and beer recommendations.
A few pictures would be nice, but that's m
Try the gougeres. Or the bread. Or anything.
A longtime fan of Susan Herrmann Loomis, I was pleased to search out and finally find French Farmhouse Cookbook. Her cookbooks give you not only a recipe but a story to go with it - what a marvelous introduction to another culture. If you can't be in France this is a good alternative.

Actually, Terina's review is much better and mirrors exactly what I would have said if I would have had the wherewithal.
Catherine Woodman
The best apple crisp ever--I freeze what I don't use in making it and this past week found a bag of it, age unknown, in the freezer and popped what fruit I had going funky in my fruit drawer into a gratin pan, and put the topping on--viola, a delicious dessert. I was a hero, and was reminded again of the importance of having gold standards in your cooking repertoire that you can count on.
Catherine Woodman
I love love love to read this--the range of recipes--making jam with rose petals, making your own liquers, and the array of tarts give a real feel for French food in any town you would travel to
Cheryl Schibley
Now - very difficult cookbook to obtain, since it is out of print. I hope they run a new edition. Susan is great -her writing is witty and thoughtful. Her recipes are flawless.
Cheryl Schibley
Mar 15, 2010 Cheryl Schibley rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who cooks
Susan Loomis does a lot of research for her books. This great book is worth having on your shelve if you're a cook, especially a simple country food cook.
Catherine Woodman
I had to replace this when I lost it because it has the best apple crisp ever, and I could not reproduce it without the cookbook
Its very bad for you, but I've loved this cookbook for years. Its worn and stained with pumpkin pureé
the rhubarb crunch recipe is the bomb
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