Farm from Home: A Year of Stories, Pictures, and Recipes from a City Girl in the Country

Farm from Home: A Year of Stories, Pictures, and Recipes from a City Girl in the Country

by Amanda Brooks

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From New York style icon and fashion insider Amanda Brooks, a charming and inspiring meditation on life in her newly adopted home, a farm in the English countryside.

In search of a quieter, simpler life away from the hustle of the city, style icon and longtime New Yorker Amanda Brooks moved with her family in 2012 from New York City to her husband's farm in England. Originally intended to be a yearlong creative sabbatical, Brooks's relocation became permanent as she discovered newfound personal and professional freedom, told here through a year's changing seasons. Creatively inspiring, warm and witty, and brimming with delicious recipes and entertaining how-tos, Farm from Home is a chronicle of the joys and challenges of a more focused way of living. For anyone who has longed for an escape from their hectic schedule, whether for a week, a year, or a lifetime, Brooks shares the unexpected satisfaction of slowing down, reconnecting with nature, and making the most of each day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101983461
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 987,851
File size: 56 MB
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About the Author

Amanda Brooks is the author of I Love Your Style and Always Pack a Party Dress. She is currently a contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler and Architectural Digest and has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and British Vogue. The former fashion director of Barneys New York and creative director of Tuleh, she has appeared on Today, The Early Show, and National Public Radio. She lives with her husband and two children in Oxfordshire, England.

Table of Contents


Arriving in England (with Ginger)

Stella Tennant

Living with less and more

The job of living in the country

Connection to the seasons

How the farm works

Meet the horses

Who works here

Updating the farmyard

Our home 14

Chapter I June

Abundance of daylight

Dinner in the garden

Herb beds


Christopher's passion for the farm




The treehouse

Coco's riding

First hay harvest

Summer solstice 48

Chapter II July

Hound exercising

Pony Club


Winter-planted harvest


Flower arranging

In the orchard

Garden peas

Coco's birthday

Escape to New York 76

Chapter III August

Riding on stubble

Hot air balloons

Harvesting through the night

End-of-summer stillness 100

Chapter IV September

Back to work

Fam making

Fruit harvest (pears, figs, blackberries)

Easy meals

Fresh eggs

Hedge trimming

Hay bales

Back to school

Living in close quarters

Writing habits

Riding in the fog

Zach's birthday 114

Chapter V October

Fall in England

Autumn hunting

Pig riding

More fruit harvest (apples, quince, autumn raspberries)

Japanese anemones 144

Chapter VI November

Combating the gloom

Start of the hunting season


Cooking heartier, cozier food

Thanksgiving traditions 168

Chapter VII December

Hard frost

Difficult decisions about horses

Christmas on the farm 186

Chapter VIII January


Taking a break from booze and sugar

Occasional snow

Late sunrise

Resetting work habits

Giving the garden a haircut

My weekly routine

Winter blossoms


Bird shooting

Farm fashion

Missing New York

Cold-weather cooking 198

Chapter IX February

Early spring bulbs

The joys of the John Deere Gator

Sunrise walks


What winter is like

Meals from home

Farm repairs 226

Chapter X March

Birth of the lambs

Juice, our bottle lamb

Spring blooms

Christopher's birthday

Weekend adventures

Lighter cooking

Wild garlic

Plows in the fields 242

Chapter XI April

Awakening of the garden

Planting the raised beds


Walking foxhound puppies

Baby animals on the farm

Managing the chickens 264

Chapter XII May


Espaliered pears

Oilseed rape

Blossoms in the orchard

Cow parsley along the drive

Bluebells in the woods

Raising foals

My birthday

Summer meals

Raising our children

Benefits of farm life 292

Acknowledgments 317

About the Author 319

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