• stirring soup
  • lettuces
  • pancakes
  • apples
  • canned goods
  • pizza
  • inn at dusk
  • zucchini cake
  • chickens
  • dill

Farmstead Chef, by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko, transforms traditional farmstead cooking skills for the modern kitchen gardener, urban homesteader and homestead cook in all of us.

From breakfasts to mouth-watering desserts, Farmstead Chef showcases the creative and budget-friendly side to eating lower on the food chain more often while taking responsibility for the food we put into our bodies -- by growing it, sharing it and savoring it.

Recipes include:

After your meal, pull up a chair and enjoy inviting slice-of-life “Kitchen Table Talk” features: interviews with local food heroes and visionaries transforming our food system.

Farmstead Chef also shares practical cooking tips and lively short essays inspired by John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist’s organic, self-reliant homestead and bed & breakfast.

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“...refreshing and deeply

   -Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and The End of Nature

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