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Join the real food revolution with a true pioneer in the Community Supported Agriculture movement—Farmer John Peterson and his farm, Angelic Organics. Angelic Organics is a leader in community supported gardening and biodynamics, helping to connect people with their food, their farmers, and healthful living.


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Join the real food revolution with a true pioneer in the Community Supported Agriculture movement—Farmer John Peterson and his farm, Angelic Organics. Angelic Organics is a leader in community supported gardening and biodynamics, helping to connect people with their food, their farmers, and healthful living.

30 review for Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Wow, there's some serious mumbo jumbo going on in parts of this book ('root vegetebles have spiritual forces which act on the lungs', etc. (loosely paraphrasing)). But if I need recipes for strange vegetables at farmers markets next summer, I'll know where to get them.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    I found the format of this book confusing and cluttered. The recipes were rather basic and uninspired.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Leonard

    A must-have for CSA members

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book; I guess I thought it was some treatise on eco-local-vega-holism. In a way I suppose it is, but so much more entertaining than any dry testimonial. Come on, how can you not like a book which includes not only recipes for rutabagas, but also the suggestion that "Rutabaga" is a fine pet name? Farmer John's writing style leans to the aw-shucks kind of familiarity (the guy is hardly a hayseed), but his passion for his crops is charming. He is a I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book; I guess I thought it was some treatise on eco-local-vega-holism. In a way I suppose it is, but so much more entertaining than any dry testimonial. Come on, how can you not like a book which includes not only recipes for rutabagas, but also the suggestion that "Rutabaga" is a fine pet name? Farmer John's writing style leans to the aw-shucks kind of familiarity (the guy is hardly a hayseed), but his passion for his crops is charming. He is at least no more annoying than your average organic convert, which speaks volumes. I especially liked the sidebars; excerpts from customer fan letters and "overheard" quotes from volunteers and staff members at Angelic Organics. I haven't tried any of the recipes, but I became inspired to break free from my corn-and-peas prison, food-wise. I'll bet that was the intention. Kohlrabi, anyone?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Underthrill

    this is my vegetable encyclopedia! i joined angelic organics after my friend kristen raved about them--and now i would like to pass the torch. from june until december i get beautiful organic veggies delivered to a location near my home. my friend laura and i acutally share it because it's too much for one person. anyway, back to the book. it divides vegetables by group and then tells you the best way to store/freeze them, what they are best paired with, recipes, and anecdotes from the farm. it this is my vegetable encyclopedia! i joined angelic organics after my friend kristen raved about them--and now i would like to pass the torch. from june until december i get beautiful organic veggies delivered to a location near my home. my friend laura and i acutally share it because it's too much for one person. anyway, back to the book. it divides vegetables by group and then tells you the best way to store/freeze them, what they are best paired with, recipes, and anecdotes from the farm. it gave me a new appreciation for locally grown, organic food and small farms.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    As a vegetarian, I am pretty picky about non-vegetarian cookbooks. This one is one of my favorites. It's got lots of simple recipes and even its non-veg recipes are generally adaptable to veg food. I also enjoy cooking more informally and thus I really like the general cooking ideas that are provided for each featured vegetable along with the formal recipes. Especially recommended for people who regularly go to farmers' markets or get a CSA share.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Happyreader

    I loved "The Real Dirt on Farmer John." Plus he's an Illinois farmer so his seasonal veggies are my seasonal veggies. I wanted to love this book but it's only OK. The recipes are servicable and the veggie notes OK. Nothing too exciting. Not that this takes anything away from Farmer John. An organic farming pioneer doesn't also have to be an amazing cookbook author. Growing high-quality veggies is plenty.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shawndra

    Great recipes, grouped by season/vegetable. In between there are treatises on nutrition, anthroposophy, and biodynamics. I've been curious about biodynamic farming since seeing the film The Real Dirt on Farmer John, and this book helped explain its history and philosophy. The nutritional advice is somewhat wacky, and Farmer John's sidebars range from self-conscious whimsy to arch wisdom to complete non sequitur. But I've already made three dishes from this book and all were winners.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brooklyn

    I like this book because it's not conventional. Like my friend Farmer John himself - The Farmer John Cookbook does things just a little bit differently. It's organized by season and includes recipes, musings by Farmer John, and lots of information about biodynamic farming. It's a great book to turn to when you've run out of ideas for what to do with kohlrabi and all of those other vegetables in your CSA box or at your farmer's market.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marilee

    We have been shareholders in Farmer John's farm (Angelic Organics) for over 10 years. I use this book every Saturday when I open our weekly CSA share and need fresh ideas for cooking with the likes of eggplant, fennel, beets and a host of other veggies from lettuce to zucchini. This book is useful not only for the wonderful recipes but also for tips on storage and using fresh herbs.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eliza

    More than a cookbook. Full of anecdotes and tidbits, pictures, storage info and charts showing when stuff is in season. It's a celebration of farming in harmony with the Earth. Farmer John's web site has additional info available. It might be a 5-star book, but I haven't had a chance to try any of the recipes, yet.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I love this cookbook! My roommate bought it for me when I joined my first CSA. It gives basic instructions for cooking vegetables as well as recipes. It also gives pairings for veggies and herbs. It is very helpful in the kitchen and I enjoy learning about how the veggies grow, when and nutrient values. The stories on the side about the farm and insets from CSA members are also charming.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    I especially like this cookbook because of its illustrations and descriptions of various produce items. Want to know about Chioggia beets? Raddichio? Kohlrabi? You'll find info and recipes for all CSA/farmers' markets items.

  14. 4 out of 5

    M

    I have been a member of Farmer John's CSA (Angelic Organics) for several years now, and no matter what I find in my veggie box, this cookbook always has several recipes to choose from - for any vegetable.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Constance

    This is a great resource that I received when I signed up for Angelic Organics CSA for the first time this year. I use it to identify veggies and find recipes for things I've never cooked with before - kale, tatsoi and garlic scapes to name a few.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Yum-O. Fall is the perfect time to pour over recipes for fresh produce, and these recipes are definite winners. I especially like the marinated cucumber salad - it is like a batch of very fresh pickles.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    I don't know what I expected, but this easy it. I wanted recipes that only used the CSa stuff- or heavy on CSa stuff with limited Other stuff so I could really get the most from CSa. Without having to buy a ton from grocery store AND CSa. You know?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    This is a must-have book for anyone who joins their local CSA. I pull out my book every week after I return with my veggies and read up on how to store and prepare my latest bounty.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Good information on sustainable farming and lots of good veggie recipes. Very helpful if you have a shitload of fennel and need a comprehensive list of what one can do with fennel.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    So much more than a cookbook.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    Very cool! Cookbook, gardening book, CSA newsletter, and much more all rolled into one!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Corey

    I love this book for its recipes and occasional musings about vegetables. The order of the recipes by season the crops comes in worked very well for unfamiliar farm share newbies.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kit

    If only this cookbook was vegan.... Yummy seasonal recipes (based on midwestern food seasons) - most recipes are vegetarian and many are easily veganized.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brook

    Perfect companion to a CSA subscription. It helped me figure out what to do with kohlrabi, which was a foreign substance to me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    My favorite cookbook -- perfect for CSAers. The recipes are organized by vegetable and season. Simple, delicious, and creative recipes for everything in your share.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lorenzo Pilla

    There's also a great documentary on this guy. http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/re... http://www.angelicorganics.com/ao/ind... There's also a great documentary on this guy. http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/re... http://www.angelicorganics.com/ao/ind...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Just received this as a gift! So exciting...now I might know what to do with the three bags of parsnips in my fridge from the CSA

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I have belonged to this CSA for several years. I really liked this book!

  29. 5 out of 5

    BouBou

    my favorite recipe in this book is the Indian Squash and split peas. So simple to put together the but flavors are amazing.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Colette Martin

    I refer to this book on a near-daily basis during the spring and summer when I am bringing home veggies from the CSA. I rarely follow a recipe, but I use it for inspiration and tips.

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