The recipes we create when we pull things fresh out of the dirt have always been one of the most loved parts of Beekman1802.com. We enjoy coming up with different dishes and LOVE our library of cookbooks, but when we started thinking of doing our own cookbook, the first question we asked ourselves was: Does the world actually need another cookbook?
All of the products inspired by our life on the farm are designed to be worthy of passing along to the next generation, just like the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Recipe Cookbook. (You can get an autographed and personalized copy here)
The meals we love and that have been passed down through generations of family members are heirlooms in and of themselves and the book includes over 100 recipes that we’ve adapted from our family archives, each given our own little Beekman 1802 twist. The recipes are both simple and ingenious. Comfort food has to be as easy to make as it is pleasing to eat.
A treasure trove of family traditions, nicely bound
Every family has one (maybe many more)—the treasured family recipe that is hauled out at every family celebration. Often written on index cards and spiral bound notebooks, sometimes existing only in the recesses of a matriarch’s memory, these dishes serves as retrospectives of our lives.
We’ve also made special room in this keepsake volume for you to include your family’s own heirloom recipes. Simply use the blank recipe cards provided and store them in the beautifully-crafted protective pockets included in the book. You can print off additional recipe card templates for free any time you need them by clicking here
This is not just OUR cookbook. It’s YOUR cookbook.
One recipe, a thousand ways
It’s been said that too many cooks can spoil the broth, but not here. There’s an entire section of beekman1802.com devoted to the cookbook, and cooks are encouraged to share their adaptations to the 100+ recipes. Recipes are really living cultural documents. They evolve based on the tastes and norms of a particular era in time, and we want to capture that.
We also want to develop a community of cooks who want to share tips and ideas on how they have used our recipes as a starting point.
Each recipe in the book has a column for writing your own notes. You can then visit that recipe’s page and contribute your ideas to the online community of cooks who are all using the cookbook. In this way, each recipe becomes a thousand different recipes.
You can even upload a photo of your own version of the dish. We want you to brag!!
To see a sample of one of the recipe pages, click here
The look of an heirloom
The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook was designed to be handed down from one generation to the next and it was very important to us that every aspect of the book carried out the idea of being an heirloom, including the photography.
The artist, Paulette Tavormina, lives and works in NewYork City, gathering produce from farmer’s markets throughout Manhattan in order to create the intricate studies she captures on film. Her arrangements often recall the sumptuous detail of seventeenth century painters highlighting the food as much as the table setting. Tavormina creates worldly still-lifes with a painterly perspective reminiscent of Dutch, Italian and Spanish masters, such as Francisco de Zurbarán, Giovanna Garzoni and Adrian Coorte.
For the book, Tavormina used vegetables grown on the Beekman Farm in upstate New York as well as thousands of dollars of silver, china and crystal pieces on loan from the French-based company, Christofle to display the final dishes.
The resulting photos are timeless.
We look forward to cooking up something special with you. Pass the memories.
To get an autographed and personalized copy, click here