and honestly I liked it when she was first starting out This book kind of pushes me away from her even and that makes me sad It seems commercialized than what she started off as being The pictures are very beautiful but the rest of it is just not cohesive booksource Netgalley in exchange for review.
Seasons at the Farm is a lovely book I picked up from the library It s a beautiful, heartwarming chronicle of life on a farm In this case, the writer s life and farm I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Shaye Elliott, blogger at The Elliott Homestead, shares a seasonal guide to rustic style and homegrown food in her latest book Each season includes a list of what she s harvesting from her garden, interior design inspiration textures colors , floral and dining table arrangements, and of course, recipes I like that she included simple DIY projects like aging terra cotta pots and creating a homemade terrarium and also had helpful home and garden tips listed throughout She includes lovely food, family, and home photos throughout the book Overall, I enjoyed this extended look into her home but I wish recipes were included The focus is primarily on farmhouse cottage decorating and entertaining rather than the food and homestead Seasons at the Farm is well written in the familiar style her blog readers have come to know and enjoy over the years and the book format is easy to follow by season.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher With than 70 recipes, Family Table shares Shaye Elliott s bounty of favorite dishes that nourish her hardworking farm family every day From dry cured bacon made from pigs raised on the Elliott Homestead to sizzling steak with vinegar and tomato dressing, each recipe is about reviving easy, traditional food preparations for a flavorful and healthful future Forget expensive, exotic ingredients or fancy techniques This farmgirl ain t got time for that Shaye Elliott is the founder of the blog The Elliott Homestead, which she began in 2010 when her farm was but a dream She and her husband, Stuart, are now developing their own little farm in the Pacific Northwest with their quiver of children, Georgia, Owen, William, and Juliette Shaye spends her days writing, gardening, child and chicken wrangling, cow milking, pig wrestling, wine sipping, and dreaming She is the author of From Scratch, Family Table, and Welcome to the Farm.
I found this book to have two titles Family Table Farm Cooking from the Elliott Homestead AND Seasons at the Farm Year Round Celebrations at the Elliott Homestead as well as two covers which is confusing for a librarian Ergo, I am posting this review on Goodreads under both book s titles.
That aside this book has some great stories about the different seasons on the farm and many deadly yummy recipes that I cannot wait to make although I may not be able to choose which one recipe to start with The ability to buy out of season produce year round will make this book usable year round to those without gardens definitely a book for a cookbook lover like myself and others A elaborate review has been posted on my blog often use the phrase my new best friend when referencing a kindred spirit a person with whom I am instantly connected with whom I share a common bond Such is the feeling I had about Shaye Elliott when simply reading the introduction to her new book, Seasons at the Farm What unfolds in this book is a casual conversation with the author She paints a vivid picture of the life her family is creating She walks you through each season of the year She lets you know what she harvesting and eating The seasonal commentary includes various recipes She includes ways in which she has given her homestead a personal touch from DIY seed markers to decorating tips She supplements each section with simple family activities her children are still young , as well as her thoughts on color palettes, fabrics, and textures You are given an intimate peek at the various elements and approaches she uses to cultivate her home Elliot s approach is refreshing because it is casual and friendly She doesn t feel the need to explain why she likes to grow poppies and peonies Those are simply her preferences She readily admits that she has had little success with corn but still grows a specific variety to use for fall decorations She doesn t feel the need to justify her decisions or qualify her reasoning She does what she does because that is what allows her to create the space that will enable her family to flourish The result of this approach is a friendly conversation that is easy to read, with vivid photos to round out the commentary I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All thoughts are my own.
After a thought inspiring forward by Stuart Elliot comes the author s introduction sharing how she celebrates family and farm traditions year round in Seasons at the Farm.
The book is then divided into four main sections, one for each season Section 1 is Unveiling Spring, including sections on The Spring Garden, Spring Recipes, Spring In The Home, Spring Celebrations, and Spring Chaos.
In The Spring Garden, you will find tips on creating an indoor garden, including how to tend and mark it Information on edible perennials and perennial flowers are also included with details on how to press flowers.
The first set of recipes, Spring Recipes, uses the spring vegetables and fruits which are in season at that time.
The recipes themselves all begin with an introduction, yield, and simple instructions Most also include a large or full page photograph of the finished article, which is very helpful when visualizing what it is you want to make.
This section is completed with A Spring In The Home, offering various decorating ideas for spring It s followed by Spring Celebrations, offering advice on setting a spring table, and Spring Chaos, a peek at the insanity of the season.
Each of the other seasons is covered in a similar manner All with appropriate seasonal recipes.
Interesting Selection Of Information And RecipesThis book is less of a recipe cookbook then it is a lifestyle guide But it is extremely fun and interesting with a lot of good information included.
There are tons of ideas throughout the book Everything from creating the look you want, to growing the plants you ll need, and how to cook them It really is a one stop shop.
This is the kind of book you will keep on your coffee table or your go to shelf for easy reference The level of detail on ingredients and ideas for creating the ambience you want to in any season is exceptional.
See the full review and the recipe for The Perfect Buttered Mashed Potatoes at The RecipesNow Reviews And Recipes Magazine This review is written in response to a complimentary hard copy of the book provided by the publisher in hopes of an honest review.
I was expecting of a cookbook, but this was of a seasonal look at the Elliott homestead The book is divided by seasons and each section has sub sections about the garden during that season, recipes, what s going on in their home, and celebrations I guess because celebrations is in the title I expected from these sections, but instead of describing specific celebrations it s about celebrating that season which is my speed anyway Overall, it was a nice book with lots of photographs, but I have no idea how she has so much time to spend decorating her house with a farm and 4 kids she s homeschooling I wasn t sure what to expect, but I did like reading through it and as some other reviews said it did feel like reading through a blog in book format.
Following The Success Of Welcome To The Farm, Shaye Elliott Shares How She Celebrates Family And Farm Traditions Year Round In Seasons at the Farm With Her Engaging Storytelling And Gorgeous Full Color Photos, Shaye Brings To Life How To Entertain Simply Yet Beautifully Without Mortgaging The Farm Simple Recipes, Decorating Advice, And Projects Make This An Inspirational And Aspirational Sequel To Her Beloved Previous books Within the first few pages, this book will reach out to the frenetic, scattered, lost feeling you might have from life in the modern world It speaks with calm and assurance with the lovely photos of family, food, and charming decor Your soul will breathe in the beauty, and you will begin to think about how you could bring your everyday life into sync with nature The conversational style with which the author shares about her days will make you feel you are hearing from an old friend Your imagination will spark, your motivation to live a bit closer to Earth, to pay attention to what is actually happening outside your door, and to simplify your life will grow.
Get this beautiful book and lift your spirits