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Jill Winger, creator of the award-winning blog The Prairie Homestead, introduces her debut The Prairie Homestead Cookbook, including 100+ delicious, wholesome recipes made with fresh ingredients to bring the flavors and spirit of homestead cooking to any kitchen table. With a foreword by bestselling author Joel Salatin The Pioneer Woman Cooks meets 100 Days of Real Food, on Jill Winger, creator of the award-winning blog The Prairie Homestead, introduces her debut The Prairie Homestead Cookbook, including 100+ delicious, wholesome recipes made with fresh ingredients to bring the flavors and spirit of homestead cooking to any kitchen table. With a foreword by bestselling author Joel Salatin The Pioneer Woman Cooks meets 100 Days of Real Food, on the Wyoming prairie. While Jill produces much of her own food on her Wyoming ranch, you don't have to grow all--or even any--of your own food to cook and eat like a homesteader. Jill teaches people how to make delicious traditional American comfort food recipes with whole ingredients and shows that you don't have to use obscure items to enjoy this lifestyle. And as a busy mother of three, Jill knows how to make recipes easy and delicious for all ages. "Jill takes you on an insightful and delicious journey of becoming a homesteader. This book is packed with so much easy to follow, practical, hands-on information about steps you can take towards integrating homesteading into your life. It is packed full of exciting and mouth-watering recipes and heartwarming stories of her unique adventure into homesteading. These recipes are ones I know I will be using regularly in my kitchen." - Eve Kilcher These 109 recipes include her family's favorites, with maple-glazed pork chops, butternut Alfredo pasta, and browned butter skillet corn. Jill also shares 17 bonus recipes for homemade sauces, salt rubs, sour cream, and the like--staples that many people are surprised to learn you can make yourself. Beyond these recipes, The Prairie Homestead Cookbook shares the tools and tips Jill has learned from life on the homestead, like how to churn your own butter, feed a family on a budget, and experience all the fulfilling satisfaction of a DIY lifestyle.


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Jill Winger, creator of the award-winning blog The Prairie Homestead, introduces her debut The Prairie Homestead Cookbook, including 100+ delicious, wholesome recipes made with fresh ingredients to bring the flavors and spirit of homestead cooking to any kitchen table. With a foreword by bestselling author Joel Salatin The Pioneer Woman Cooks meets 100 Days of Real Food, on Jill Winger, creator of the award-winning blog The Prairie Homestead, introduces her debut The Prairie Homestead Cookbook, including 100+ delicious, wholesome recipes made with fresh ingredients to bring the flavors and spirit of homestead cooking to any kitchen table. With a foreword by bestselling author Joel Salatin The Pioneer Woman Cooks meets 100 Days of Real Food, on the Wyoming prairie. While Jill produces much of her own food on her Wyoming ranch, you don't have to grow all--or even any--of your own food to cook and eat like a homesteader. Jill teaches people how to make delicious traditional American comfort food recipes with whole ingredients and shows that you don't have to use obscure items to enjoy this lifestyle. And as a busy mother of three, Jill knows how to make recipes easy and delicious for all ages. "Jill takes you on an insightful and delicious journey of becoming a homesteader. This book is packed with so much easy to follow, practical, hands-on information about steps you can take towards integrating homesteading into your life. It is packed full of exciting and mouth-watering recipes and heartwarming stories of her unique adventure into homesteading. These recipes are ones I know I will be using regularly in my kitchen." - Eve Kilcher These 109 recipes include her family's favorites, with maple-glazed pork chops, butternut Alfredo pasta, and browned butter skillet corn. Jill also shares 17 bonus recipes for homemade sauces, salt rubs, sour cream, and the like--staples that many people are surprised to learn you can make yourself. Beyond these recipes, The Prairie Homestead Cookbook shares the tools and tips Jill has learned from life on the homestead, like how to churn your own butter, feed a family on a budget, and experience all the fulfilling satisfaction of a DIY lifestyle.

30 review for The Prairie Homestead Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Heritage Cooking in Any Kitchen

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mellie Antoinette

    Grab a chicken and let’s get cluckin’!! Whatever that means?!?! 🧐🧐🧐🧐

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Suit

    I love cookbooks-I love them so much that I read them like novels! With that being said, however, it is very rare that I get a new cookbook and want to make every.single.recipe, but with Jill's new cookbook I do! It is a whole foods, cooking from scratch cookbook, minus the guilt inducing "you must be perfect, eat everything organic or else grow your own" mentality prevalent in many cookbooks of the same ilk. There is a plethora of information in the back of the book with tips and ideas to get y I love cookbooks-I love them so much that I read them like novels! With that being said, however, it is very rare that I get a new cookbook and want to make every.single.recipe, but with Jill's new cookbook I do! It is a whole foods, cooking from scratch cookbook, minus the guilt inducing "you must be perfect, eat everything organic or else grow your own" mentality prevalent in many cookbooks of the same ilk. There is a plethora of information in the back of the book with tips and ideas to get you started if you DO want to grow your own food (both plant and animal foods); but after the introduction there is a good, better, best scenario in how we can make the best choices available to us for our food, and then she leaves it at that and gets on to the recipes. Oh, the glorious recipes (with beautiful photographs for most of them)! From make your own pantry staples, to nutritious, easy meals, and delicious desserts, there is something for everyone in this book! So far I have only made the Maple Oat Bread, (delicious and not crumbly at all, just like the recipe stated!), but I have most of the book earmarked to try! (I have also made the tomato soup many times over the years since it was on her blog, and it is my family's favorite!) Whether you have any intention of homesteading or even attempting a simpler life wherever you are; or whether you just like to eat good food, I highly recommend this cookbook!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Since I generally eat global cuisines, I started to think that I should become more grounded in the cooking of my own heritage and region. So I tried this cookbook with my pioneer homesteading ancestors in mind. This turned out to be a good reminder of why American cuisine is what it is — if you’re raising all of your food and butchering animals in a harsh climate far from a store while raising small children, your approach to food will be pragmatic. This is no doubt a great cookbook for people Since I generally eat global cuisines, I started to think that I should become more grounded in the cooking of my own heritage and region. So I tried this cookbook with my pioneer homesteading ancestors in mind. This turned out to be a good reminder of why American cuisine is what it is — if you’re raising all of your food and butchering animals in a harsh climate far from a store while raising small children, your approach to food will be pragmatic. This is no doubt a great cookbook for people with those type of constraints, but not really for me at this time of life.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

    This is probably my favorite practical and fun to read cookbook. No fancy never-heard-of ingredients, practical and healthy ways to feed your family the old fashioned way.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I didn't realize when I put this book on hold at the library that Joel Salatin wrote the foreward - that's all the endorsement I need to know this is a great book! Jill Winger and her husband decided when they were first married to buy a farm in Wyoming and start homesteading. At the time Winger was learning through trial and error, but she wants to pass on the knowledge she learned, especially about cooking, on so others can benefit from what she learned. There is SO MUCH great information in t I didn't realize when I put this book on hold at the library that Joel Salatin wrote the foreward - that's all the endorsement I need to know this is a great book! Jill Winger and her husband decided when they were first married to buy a farm in Wyoming and start homesteading. At the time Winger was learning through trial and error, but she wants to pass on the knowledge she learned, especially about cooking, on so others can benefit from what she learned. There is SO MUCH great information in this cookbook! And so many recipes I want to try that I will probably end up buying it. The first part is recipes and the second part is about growing your own ingredients from veggies to meat and milk. But, Winger reiterates that you don't have to live on a farm and raise livestock to homestead - you can still source high-quality, local food from farmers. In the second section she also gives a brief overview of canning, but as I always say if you want to learn to can take a class or learn in person from someone who's experienced - don't just go by a book. Overall, this is an AMAZING cookbook filled with all kinds of great recipes and homesteading tips.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    A lot of cookbooks by well known folks have a palate I will never possess. Due to a serious health issue, there is much I can no longer eat, spicy is one category I cannot touch, fresh fruit and veggies, wheat, dairy, etc. I get to the point that I crave an actual meal that doesn't require ingredients I have never heard of or being nuked. So when I saw the cookbook and flipped through the pages, I was sold. Then a couple weeks after I checked out the book, my oven motherboard died. I had, had a A lot of cookbooks by well known folks have a palate I will never possess. Due to a serious health issue, there is much I can no longer eat, spicy is one category I cannot touch, fresh fruit and veggies, wheat, dairy, etc. I get to the point that I crave an actual meal that doesn't require ingredients I have never heard of or being nuked. So when I saw the cookbook and flipped through the pages, I was sold. Then a couple weeks after I checked out the book, my oven motherboard died. I had, had a roast out to thaw and was looking through the book and it had a Sunday roast recipe for a crock pot. My oven is still dead (no funds), but I can actually make things from this book and I actually like them and haven't once made my usual shoe leather! If you are a picky eater or hindered by health, get this book, you won't regret it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    This is more than a cookbook. It is also a primer on how to homestead. Winger gives lots of advice on everything from gardening to raising your own meat and dairy. I loved the recipe for the Cheddar Herb Meatloaf. I can honestly say it was the best meatloaf I have eaten. I made it with the potato stacks and the mashed carrots and those were a mixed success. I think the potatoes could have been better if the cheese wasn't incorporated into the butter mixture but sprinkled on each layer. The carro This is more than a cookbook. It is also a primer on how to homestead. Winger gives lots of advice on everything from gardening to raising your own meat and dairy. I loved the recipe for the Cheddar Herb Meatloaf. I can honestly say it was the best meatloaf I have eaten. I made it with the potato stacks and the mashed carrots and those were a mixed success. I think the potatoes could have been better if the cheese wasn't incorporated into the butter mixture but sprinkled on each layer. The carrots were just hard to mash. I should have used a blender. Also made the apple pancake and that was just gross. It wasn't a pancake but a cross between scrambled eggs and french toast. Definitely won't make that one again! I am keeping the meatloaf recipe though!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Normally I suggest people pick up 'the Joy of Cooking' if they only have ONE cookbook. This book might be a better alternative in that it walks you through a lot of cooking and living concepts that make eating well a less daunting task. Even if you live in an apartment or RV and don't have room for a potted basil on a sunny windowsill, this cookbook is worth having. My absolute favorite thing about this book, is that it is a book you can read. In fact it is a Good Read. Enjoy! Normally I suggest people pick up 'the Joy of Cooking' if they only have ONE cookbook. This book might be a better alternative in that it walks you through a lot of cooking and living concepts that make eating well a less daunting task. Even if you live in an apartment or RV and don't have room for a potted basil on a sunny windowsill, this cookbook is worth having. My absolute favorite thing about this book, is that it is a book you can read. In fact it is a Good Read. Enjoy!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    This is my new favourite cookbook. Great for both the novice and experienced home cook wanting to cook from scratch. In addition to recipes the book gives lots of tips, advice, and reasons to switch to homegrown food and from scratch cooking without being preachy or condescending. Just be prepared to want a milk cow.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Abshire

    Equal parts cookbook and information on how to live a homesteader life, this book has completely changed the way I will look at “country life.” My husband will be happy to know that I now want to move to the country with some chickens and cows in tow, while simultaneously baking homemade bread and canning pickles and the like. 4.5 out of 5 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristin (Life Between the Pages)

    I've made about ten recipes from this cookbook so far and they've all been a hit with my family of five (which so very rarely happens). There's more than just recipes to love about this book too. If you're interested at all in homesteading (growing and preparing your own food) there are lots of practical tips and instructions based on the author's experience. I've made about ten recipes from this cookbook so far and they've all been a hit with my family of five (which so very rarely happens). There's more than just recipes to love about this book too. If you're interested at all in homesteading (growing and preparing your own food) there are lots of practical tips and instructions based on the author's experience.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Yep, I read this cookbook from start to finish. I follow Jill Winger’s Prairie Homestead blog and have many favorite especially her recipes for hamburger buns, biscuits, pie crust, and pumpkin pie starting with baking an entire pie pumpkin in the oven.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    this lives on my counter in my kitchen now. her recipes are REAL food. REAL cooking with easy instructions. In this crazy world of dietary restrictions I loved this. plus we're ranchers so her lifestyle is just mine by default :) this lives on my counter in my kitchen now. her recipes are REAL food. REAL cooking with easy instructions. In this crazy world of dietary restrictions I loved this. plus we're ranchers so her lifestyle is just mine by default :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Erikka

    So much more than a cook book! Amazing read for anybody disenchanted with the modern American lifestyle. Jill does a wonderful job teaching those who desire to return to their roots and cook good ole fashioned food.

  15. 5 out of 5

    klagan

    Lots of tips for cooking the rustic, old fashioned way. Still trying out recipes and have come across some good ones. Jill's writing is informative, to the point, and humorous. The pictures are heartwarming and inspiring. Makes me feel like I'm on the farm, or want to be :) Lots of tips for cooking the rustic, old fashioned way. Still trying out recipes and have come across some good ones. Jill's writing is informative, to the point, and humorous. The pictures are heartwarming and inspiring. Makes me feel like I'm on the farm, or want to be :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Hinton-Ridling

    This book is full of beautiful pictures and has a very positive vibe. Great for someone interested in the meat and potatoes way of eating. I’d rate it higher but I wish it had more vegetable recipes.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sydnee Allen

    Normally I wouldn’t think to read a cookbook. A cookbook is something to reference and find something specific. But this one has great advice and tips for everyday living along with delicious recipes!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    Beautiful cookbook with a great introduction and wonderful recipes I can't wait to try. Follow her on social media, on her blog, and subscribe on YouTube. If you want to get back to basics, you won't be disappointed!! Beautiful cookbook with a great introduction and wonderful recipes I can't wait to try. Follow her on social media, on her blog, and subscribe on YouTube. If you want to get back to basics, you won't be disappointed!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    David A.

    What a great book! This is sort of a Homestead Manual, written by a very passionate individual. Many really interesting sounding recipes are also in the book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Delightful book. I want to try a lot of these recipes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ericka

    This cookbook is on my to buy list,I hated returning it to the library. The tomato soup recipe is my favorite I've made it a few times now and is a huge hit. I highly recommend this book This cookbook is on my to buy list,I hated returning it to the library. The tomato soup recipe is my favorite I've made it a few times now and is a huge hit. I highly recommend this book

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lcharlson

    I ended up purchasing this cookbook to add to my collection. It is a keeper!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Paletta

    Awesome sounding recipes but a little too much work for me. I wish I had a farm to create some of these amazing dishes. Plus in general I wish I had a farm.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    One of those "meals from grandma" hearty books. Great section on homesteading and growing your own ingredients. One of those "meals from grandma" hearty books. Great section on homesteading and growing your own ingredients.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Flaute

    My most prized cookbook. Not only are there fantastic recipes, but a lot of information on homesteading.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    I love this style of homegrown cooking. I was beyond excited that this cookbooks has a real, old-school receipe for butterscotch pudding!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Thompson

    Great information on sourdough!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amber Brandsrud

    I have made about 75% of the recipes and most of them are now in a regular rotation of our meals. Such good recipes!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    Really interesting and made me want to change my living situation

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    This book just showed me what I don't have time for and I don't really enjoy cooking all that must already. More power to all the Martha Stewart wannabes. This book just showed me what I don't have time for and I don't really enjoy cooking all that must already. More power to all the Martha Stewart wannabes.

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