About Farmstead Chef

Farmstead Chef by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko whips up a quirky, homespun tale of how we can eat well, nourish our bodies without breaking the bank, and restore the planet. Rediscover the benefits of homegrown and homemade cooking, preserving the harvest and stocking the pantry, all while building community.

Lisa and Liam with strawberries
Lisa and son Liam with a very bountiful strawberry harvest.

Farmstead Chef’s recipes provide a delicious roadmap to restore the planet and revitalize our lives. It’s written to be accessible to all levels of cooking experience. Don’t panic if you don’t have a chef’s knife. Neither do the authors. You don't need to be a chef to be a great cook. What's essential, however, is starting with the best ingredients, perhaps right outside your back door. Fresh. In season. Local.

Each chapter features an introductory narrative addressing the why or how Lisa and John ended up cooking "farmsteadtarian" -- their name for eating as close to the source as possible. Then scattered throughout, like seeds planted in fertile soil, are informational sidebars on food storage, frugal home cooking, hosting potlucks and stocking the pantry, as well as slice-of-life profiles of farming friends or urban gardeners, kitchen canners and a vegan chef — Kitchen Table Talks – most containing a recipe to try. This fully illustrated cookbook will show you how to reconnect with nature through food, especially when shared with friends.

As for the recipes, you'll find a classic Eggs Benedict as well as an Indonesian-influenced peanut sauce for asparagus or a Grecian souvlaki with home-baked pitas. Farmstead Chef celebrates the diversity of culinary influences resulting from the melting pot we know as America, featuring a New Orleans Seafood Gumbo and an avocado dip from a soul food vegan chef in Oakland, California. But the recipes also draw inspiration from the authors' journeys to far-flung locales where they rediscovered the joys of cooking and sharing meals slowly in the camaraderie of others.

From the growing ranks of backyard kitchen gardeners to subscribers of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms, from college students turning a trip to a farmers' market into a feast to the droves of retirees adopting more farm-fresh and healthy foods, Farmstead Chef is for everyone who cares about the delicious taste, nutrition, variety of their food and the health of the land on which it is grown.

Join Lisa and John and return to our roots of independence, self-sufficiency and frugality, blended with the spice of modern living.


Book Specs

Paperback – 240 pages
8 inches wide × 9 inches tall
BISAC: Cooking / Specific Ingredients / Natural Foods
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865717039
Publication Date: September 1, 2011

About the Authors

Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko are co-authors of the award-winning ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance. Lisa is also a distinguished Kellogg Food and Community Fellow, and John is co-author and principal photographer for six award-winning multicultural children's books. John and Lisa are innkeepers of the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast.
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