A year of fresh, simple, seasonal cooking from a rising-star chef running his grandfather’s five-acre farm on Martha’s Vineyard.
This is the heartfelt declaration of a new American way of food, celebrating a year of cooking and farming on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.
Chris Fischer is a chef, farmer, and writer whose roots on the island run twelve generations deep. His cooking combines practical, rural ingenuity with skill acquired in the world’s leading kitchens. The result is singular and exciting.
Beetlebung Farm, his grandparents’ five-acre parcel in the town of Chilmark, is both Fischer’s inspiration and the source for the fine raw materials he showcases. These recipes express the unique understanding of ingredients that comes from a life spent hauling in lobster pots, cultivating vegetables, tracking game in the woods, and butchering his own meat.
In this beautifully illustrated homage to the family and community that raised him, Fischer weaves seasonal menus through stories of growing up on the island, conjuring the smoke of oak-wood fires, the brine of Great Pond oysters, and the satisfaction of a well-earned meal. The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook is a clear and essential record of contemporary New England cuisine.
This is a lovely book, far more than just a cookbook. Written in clear and engaging prose, supplemented with gorgeous illustrations and filled with personal family history as well as appealing recipes – this is a book to be enjoyed by all.
Bought this book for my husband, and since we are from NE, and LOVE MV we had to check this out. He is thrilled with it, the stories, the history, and the recipes. Just Awesome book!!
This is a top notch cook book and selection of pieces about much loved places and foods as well as people of Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard (although folks from other parts of the island feature as well). Chris, who is a very gifted chef and writer, has done a great job and others, such as Emma Young — from West Tisbury who designed the cover and the layout — has as well. Chris writes particularly movingly about members of his family, including his aunt Marie, his father and his grandfather — all of whom I know and love. I particularly like that Chris and his additional author have given such clear instructions without a lot of fancy ingredients — treasuring the simple (and complex) flavors of food mostly treated simply and respectfully. Good food doesn’t need a lot of glitzing up to be truly good. And the photographs are wonderful — showing the food and the locations. They do feature some antiqued surfaces (old wood and old paint) but the plates and the eating utensils are simple and clean. The current trend in trendy cook books to display a wonderful meal such as a roast or a fish on a chipped (but pretty) rustic plate with tarnished silver just doesn’t do the food or the recipes any favors. So this cook book gets an unqualified 5 stars. But Chris — the Ag Fair is actually 4 days now………..not three.
- Title: The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook: A Year of Cooking on Martha’s Vineyard
- Autor: Gabriela Herman
- Publisher (Publication Date): Little, Brown and Company; Gift edition (June 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 0316404071
- ISBN-13: | 978-0316404075
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