A combination of coffee table book and cookbook comes with "the Foothills Cuisine of Blackberry Farm" by Sam Beall.
Blackberry Farm is a restaurant and hotel as well as a farm in eastern Tennessee in the Smoky Mountains region. The farm-to-table restaurant features ingredients and artisanal products made on-site and used in their luxury dishes.
The rhythms of the farm are shown in the photographs and recipes featured in this book, divided into "seasons" of when the produce and ingredients are at their freshest.
Each chapter begins with an introduction to what the farm is doing at that season, as well as photos of the farm at that time. There is also menus of recipes that use the seasonal produce and sections of artisanal crafts, like cheesemaking, gardening, preserving and butchery. The seasons are divided up into Come Grass Time, Plantin' Time, Lay-By Time, Harvest Time, Puttin'-Up Time, Hog-Killin' Time, Huntin' Time and Restin' Time.
The photographs are the best part of this book, showing in full-color and large pages the lushness and beauty that is the farm and the Smoky Mountains region. The dishes featured in the book are also show off in their simple splendor.
Recipes featured in the book all have a down-home feel and Southern flair. Those featured include Peanut Butter Pie, Skillet Corn Bread, Truck Stop Red Velvet Cake, Truly Southern Waffles with Sorghum and Moonshine Cherries, Green Tomato Pie with Buttermilk Crust, Vanilla-Roasted Peaches with Fresh Cheese, Red-Eye Brined Smoked Pork Loin, Hunter's Stew with Hoecakes, Meat Loaf with Roasted Plum Tomatoes and Mushroom Ketchup and Stout Beer Batter Bread.
This is a gorgeous book featuring the sights and tastes of the Smoky Mountains region. This is a cookbook to keep on your coffee table when not in use.
"The Foothills Cuisine of Blackberry Farm" is published by Clarkson Potter. It is $60.
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