The Call of the Farm: An Unexpected Year of Getting Dirty, Home Cooking, and Finding Myself

The Call of the Farm: An Unexpected Year of Getting Dirty, Home Cooking, and Finding Myself

by Rochelle Bilow

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Overview

Rochelle Bilow, a classically trained cook and aspiring food writer, was nursing a broken heart and frustrated with her yet-to-take-off career when she set out to write a short profile of a small, sustainable CSA farm in central New York. At most, she expected to come away with a cute city-girl-in-the-country piece. But after just one day of moving hay bales, feeding pigs, and tapping maple sap, she was hooked: The air was fresh, her muscles felt useful, and the smells from the kitchen where the farmhands gathered at day’s end were intoxicating.

Add in a sweet but enigmatic young farmer whose soulful gaze meets her own, and The Call of the Farm is set in motion. This enticing memoir charts the unexpected year that unfolds as Rochelle immerses herself in life at the farm. She cooks her way through four seasons of fresh-from-the-earth produce (with such tantalizing results as Blistered Tomato Gratin and Crisped Potato Casserole with Shaved Chives), grapples more than once with the finer points of rendering lard, and begins to feel she has finally found her niche—all while falling hard for that handsome, blue-eyed farmer.

Honest, self-aware, and wonderfully tender, The Call of the Farm is for anyone who has daydreamed about a simpler life—or fallen too deeply in love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615192151
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,135,001
File size: 797 KB

About the Author

ROCHELLE BILOW is a food writer and a classically trained cook with a Grand Diplome in Classic Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute. As a staff writer at Bon Appétit, she interviews chefs and covers food trends and seasonal cooking. Her writing has also appeared in Edible Finger Lakes, USA Today, the Syracuse Post-Standard, Food Traveler, and others. She lives in Brooklyn.

Table of Contents

A Note ix

Introduction xi

Spring 1

Recipes for Spring 67

Summer 75

Recipes for Summer 141

Fall 147

Recipes for Fall 173

Winter 181

Recipes for Winter 223

Spring 229

Recipes for Spring 265

Acknowledgments 271

About the Author 273

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