The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook: 125 Homegrown Recipes from the Hills of New England

Countryman Pr. May 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781682684528. pap. $24.95. COOKING
In this debut, chef Elisa Spungen Bildner and entrepreneur Robert Bildner collaborate with Brian Alberg (Main Street Hospitality Group) to present a guide to farms and restaurants in the Berkshires, MA, though the meals can easily be adapted to wherever readers are. Chapters are organized into types of dishes, including breakfast, salads, savory pies, and meats, with recipes drawn from interviews with local chefs and conversations with farmers. Each recipe (e.g., carrot soup with sage and mint, confetti vegetable goat cheese lasagna) includes instructions and a list of ingredients attributed to the original farm or eatery. Interspersed throughout are farm and restaurant profiles and stories the authors uncovered during their research for this book.
VERDICT With a conversational tone, this guide will appeal to many home cooks looking for fresh yet comforting ideas for meals. The combination of food history and community stories will have readers feeling as if they, too, have visited the Berkshires.
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