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After 20-plus years of tutelage at the feet of Vermont's climate, landscape designers and authors Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd have mastered the art of living seasonally. Fundamentally, this means eating what's ripe in the garden--there's no freezing and very little canning at North Hill--when it's ripe. The meditative, ardent Living Seasonally: The Kitchen Garden and the Table at North Hill describes this life hitched to the wax and wane of the seasons.

"I really like the impulse of this book -- grow your own and make your own."
-- Alice Waters, author of The Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook

I began this book some years ago, just as a means of keeping track of the new ways I was cooking as we moved away from using mass-market consumer goods and started to eat what we could grow, or gather, or buy wholesale.   We learned about canning, freezing and drying; we built a root cellar and got a wood stove.   When we were able to get goats, we added cheeses.   We discovered organic gardening and learned about nutrition. In the midst of all this, the book grew and changed, and is still changing for me, as I live and grow.   A recipe is a static thing, only a suggestion.    Food is alive.   It grows and changes, like a child, like. a piece of land..... From an author.

Wholesome meals are happily rediscovered in this enticing collection of country fair recipes that celebrate a homespun approach to mealtimes. Farmhouse cooking evokes savory smells of hearty stews and roasts, sizzling home-cured bacon, freshly baked bread and homemade apple pie. This book's collection of over 200 recipes for every occasion and every level of expertise accompanied by over 700 full-color photographs include dishes such as Roast Leg of Lamb with Wild Mushroom Stuffing, Traditional Beef Stew with Dumplings and seasonal vegetables such as New Potato Salad and Festive Sprouts. This book will take nostalgic cooks back to a time when foods were free of additives and preservatives, and were naturally full of goodness and flavor.

This is a fantastic cookbook. I use mine all the time. It is extremely helpful for new cooks as it gives alot of information on how-to do various things. It uses simple ingredients most people have on hand or are readily available. It is not full of gourmet recipes that have you lighting things on fire. It is a simple, country living, meat and potatoes kind of book. It also includes recipes for entertaining and guidelines for amounts of foods needed. There are many charts that are helpful resources for every cook- roasting guides, canning times, and a casserole chart. Something I have never used, but have enjoyed reading is the instructions for how to kill a chicken. Mrs. Shank's sense of humor really comes through on that one. This is my favorite cookbook and a gift I give to all new brides.

This is a delightful collection of 50 irresistible recipes on a country theme, combining the best traditional dishes from around the world. Some recipes can be prepared quickly, but even when more time is required, the results are truly rewarding. Throughout, all the delicious recipes are illustrated with step-by-step photographs clearly showing each stage of preparation. Beautiful photographs of the finished dishes provide all the inspiration you need to capture the essence of country living in your own kitchen. Recipes include spring-roasted chicken with garlic, zesty lemon drizzle cakes, whole wheat bread with mixed seeds, preserves, jellies, jams and more.