Raincoast Books – A Farmgirl’s Table

You know I love cookbooks! I think the thing is that I just can’t get enough “favourite” recipes! I’ve always loved the community cookbooks where families or students submit their favourite recipes and then they’re all compiled together. You know when you pick recipes out of that kind of cookbook that you’re bound to stumble across some treasures! That’s how I look at all cookbooks – somebody’s favourite recipes are in there and I can’t wait to discover them!

A Farmgirl’s Table” by Jessica Robinson sounded like one that would be right up my alley! I’m a farmgirl and I have fond memories of great food, lots of it, fresh bread or buns, and even meals out in the field. I was curious to see what this “farmgirl” had to offer! Turns out she also was raised on a farm, also helped with gardening, also helped do canning and preserving – you know, all that stuff that happens on a farm! This particular girl was raised in New England but then she and her husband moved to North Carolina and are now raising their own farm kids.

This cookbook is laid out a bit different than a lot of other ones. Instead of dividing each section up by type of recipe, Jessica divided it into sections like “Farming Roots – Homespun Family Traditions”, “What’s in Season – The Farmers Market Life”, “Backyard Barbecue – Down Home Dinner” and so on. Within each of these sections you will find a mixture of recipes. For example, for your next backyard barbecue, Jessica sets you up with her recipe for Country-Style Pork Ribs and Smoked Apple Barbecue Sauce. Add to that some Tangy Farmhouse Coleslaw, Homestyle Maple Baked Beans and Cream Bacon Deviled Eggs and you have your sides. And since we don’t want to miss out on dessert, there’s the Berry-Peach Cobbler to finish off your meal! Each chapter also begins with a glimpse into the life of Jessica and her family – back when she was growing up and now as she raises her own life. She’s one of those women I’d love to be – a “pioneer” type woman who was raised learning how to do make everything and do everything! That’s what I aspire to be! Bit by bit I’m getting closer to that…..

The “Freshly Harvested – Hearty Meals and Homemade Desserts” has some good down-home recipes. There’s a lovely looking “Boeuf Bouguignon”, a one-pot wonder that looks like the perfect winter meal – slow cooked, full of meat and vegetables – comfort food! And then for something completely different, next up is the “Sweet Sausage and Apple Pizza”! I love how she also includes recipes for things that some of us might take for granted, but if you weren’t raised knowing how to do them, they just might not be so simple! I’m talking about recipes for “Country-Style Meatloaf” and “Homestyle Beef Roast”. The “Maple-Pecan Blondie Bars” sure don’t sound like they’d be hard to choke down, do they!?

This cookbook has such a varied collection of recipes, I can’t wait to delve into trying more of them! It’s so hard to decide where to start, though! With the “Coconut-Pineapple Cake” or with the “Pumpkin Cheescake” (tis the season, right?)? Or perhaps the “Brown Sugar-Mustard Chicken” or the “Brunswick Stew”. Oh but it’s hard to choose! And if you enjoy making your own jams and jellies and pickles, she has that covered as well since there are recipes for “Dill Pickles”, “Blueberry Peach Preserves”, “Raspberry Rhubarb Jam” as well as quite a few more! There’s also a recipe for “Old-Fashioned Doughnuts” – methinks I shouldn’t make them or I might never stop!

If you’re looking for a down-home cookbook with absolutely gorgeous photographs (She takes all her own pictures! Talented!), delicious recipes, and if you want to live more like a farmer, this is a fabulous cookbook! You can also head over to Jessica’s blog where you can find more delights and recipes from her kitchen.  Oh, and this is actually her second cookbook! Her first one “New England Farmgirl” was also a hit!

I appreciate Raincoast Books sharing this beautiful cookbook with me and I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to share it with you! Enjoy! If you’d like to pick up your own copy – you know the drill! Local bookstore first, shop local! Country girl like me? Try Amazon or Chapters.

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  1. This sounds like a recipe book for my cupboard. I love reading recipe books and getting inspiration.

  2. This sounds exactly like a cookbook I would love 🙂

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Love the sound of this cookery book, and that pie looks scrumptious 🙂

  4. This looks like a good cookbook with good recipes.

  5. Wow, that pie on the cover looks amazing! Would love to make something like that.

  6. Lynda Cook says:

    Sounds like a great cookbook and one that I would love to add to my collection!!

  7. I love trying out new recipes.

  8. Glad to know I can find it on amazon!

  9. When my children where in grade one the teacher ask the students to submit their favourite recipes and then they’re all compiled together and given to us as a mothers day present. It was great.

  10. Comfort foods are definitely appealing as we head into the colder months. Looks like a cookbook that I would appreciate having.

  11. kathy downey says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book

  12. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Boeuf Bouguignon is my type of food as are many others mentioned here. Christmas is coming so perhaps this will be under the tree for me eh?

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