We think the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook is the most beautiful, practical, and best-valued cookbook to be released this year, but don’t just take our word for it.  See what others are saying:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Beekman Boys, aka Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge, two former city dwellers who share tales of country life through posts on cooking, health, decorating, gardening, and more on their popular Web site, Beekman1802.com, and in their regularly e-mailed newsletter, are stars on the rise. Featured on Planet Green TV, the duo take their “heirloom” lifestyle to the masses, creating goat’s milk soaps and artisanal cheese, and with their latest endeavor, a cookbook. Organized by season (and subdivided by course), this well-designed gift title presents Heirloom Recipes the authors hope will be passed down through generations, created by “using ingredients the minute they are plucked out of the garden.” While new cooks may be intimidated by the lack of information on technique or instructional photos or illustrations, the appealing collection of seasonal recipes–spring’s dandelion salad with hot bacon dressing; summer’s lemonade with lavender and vanilla; fall’s roast pork loin with gingerbread stuffing; and winter’s macaroni and cheese with kale and mushroom–entice and inspire anyone with a nearby farmers’ market. A “Notes” section gives the title an old-fashioned, personal feel, and top-notch photography by Paulette Tavormina, along with chapter-opening quotes by authors including Henry James, create a complete package that will make even the die-hard urbanite fantasize about country living or at the very least, eating at the farmhouse table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dynamic stars of Planet Green TV’s The Fabulous Beekman Boys offer up the ultimate volume of their most treasured, hand-me-down recipes.

In order to “relinquish the overly indulgent and instantly gratified existence to which we had become accustomed,” memoirist Kilmer-Purcell (The Bucolic Plague, 2010, etc.) and Ridge, a former vice president at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, relocated to the 60-acre Beekman farm in upstate New York. Inspired by the country life, their cookbook emphasizes the use of fresh, organic, homegrown ingredients—and not just because their farmhouse is located 20 miles from the nearest grocery store. The authors organize the sections seasonally, beginning with springtime offerings that include greens from the garden to make Dandelion or Spinach salads; asparagus, both roasted and baked into a “custardy” torte; and homegrown peas in a white wine risotto with freshly picked strawberries and rhubarb for sweeter creations. While somewhat light on creativity, heirloom garden fruits and vegetables highlight cool, basic summery offerings such as Chanterais Melon Salad, Grandma’s Potato Salad, Meat Loaf Burgers using the authors’ signature “Blaak Cheese,” and Buttery Peach Cake. The bountiful harvests from fall and winter inspire more rustic, hearty meals like Hungarian Pork Goulash, Baked Apple Dumplings and Spiced Carrot Cake. Vibrant photographs and personal memories and anecdotes round out this obvious labor of love. The authors shine best when tweaking commonplace recipes with alterations of their own, which, they write, add flavor, sophistication and spicy diversity. For instance, “Supermoist Corn Bread” benefits from the addition of buttermilk and sour cream, while linguine is transformed with freshly chopped mint and lavender. Epicurean advice on toasting nuts and making buttermilk, poultry stocks and greens further enhances this uniquely homespun collection of throwback recipes.

Classic, unfettered goodness with a sustainable mindset.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manhattanites-turned-farmers Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell (beekman1802.com), of reality TV’s The Fabulous Beekman Boys, present a brilliantly simple, flawlessly executed collection of seasonal starters, main dishes, sides, and desserts. Readers can expect familiar recipes with a twist, like Homemade Lemonade with Lavender and Vanilla, Mac and Cheese with Kale and Mushrooms, and Bourbon Roast Turkey. Several dishes feature hard-to-find ingredients or heirloom produce, but generally it can be substituted with conventional equivalents and the recipes include variations. The beverages are especially good, and there are a number of fall and winter recipes suitable for the holiday table. (STARRED REVIEW)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(A Booklist starred review)  Manhattanites-turned-farmers Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell (beekman1802.com), of reality TV’s The Fabulous Beekman Boys, present a brilliantly simple, flawlessly executed collection of seasonal starters, main dishes, sides, and desserts. Readers can expect familiar recipes with a twist, like Homemade Lemonade with Lavender and Vanilla, Mac and Cheese with Kale and Mushrooms, and Bourbon Roast Turkey. Several dishes feature hard-to-find ingredients or heirloom produce, but generally it can be substituted with conventional equivalents and the recipes include variations. The beverages are especially good, and there are a number of fall and winter recipes suitable for the holiday table.

 

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by Josh and Brent

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Amber H.

I love this cookbook even though I really don't even like to cook. I have made the Roasted Beet and Goat cheese salad a couple of times. I didn't think I liked beets until I tried this salad. I do have a helpful hint: you can roast the beets in your crockpot. They turned out great.

I also have made the Brown Crumbed Cauliflower which is also delightful. I have several more recipes I would like to try.

I really like that the cookbook is broken up by season as this makes it much easier to eat fresh and local when you go to the store.

Thanks Brent and Josh for a great cookbook and I really enjoyed meeting you guys in Atlanta. P.S. I still haven't been able to convince the hubby to let me have chickens, but I am wearing him down I think.

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Monica Hommerding

Christmas came early this year! My cookbook came in the mail today. Looking forward to making the apple cake for my sisters this weekend. It may just be a new fall tradition for us! It's a beautiful book and the photography is gorgeous! Thanks, guys!

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Jean Paras

The easy Eggplant Parmesan I made Monday night was great, I cannot wait to try something else in the cookbook while I still have some of my garden veggies left.

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Jean Paras

Love the Cookbook, Tomorrow night for dinner trying easy Eggplant Parmesan, I'll try the Quick Bread and Butter Pickles, but I like my recipe , hope you got a chance to try the jar I gave you Saturday.We had a wounderful weekend at the Harvest Festival , enjoyed my picture with the both of you.The Beekman Farm Tour was Great, especially Josh ,another lady and myself did model walking.

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Miss Brenda

I received my copy of the new cookbook today and I wasn't disappointed! This is the most beautiful cookbook in my collection and the recipes are all user friendly. This cookbook is so unique and I love the chapters by seasons. I can't wait to start cooking! Thank you Josh and Brent!

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Pip

This is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I have ever read. the pictures are fantastic and I love the little stories and quips that go along with each recipe. the pages are havey and sturdy, perfect for many years of heavy use. I love love love the pull out recipe cards to add your own heirloom recipes and the notes section along the side of each page.

I can tell that a lot of though and consideration went into the making of this book.

Good on ya!

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Julie M. Bayer

I bought the Heirloom Cookbook at the Country Living Fair, looks amazing. I love everything about it, beautiful images, great recipes and cookbook I will keep in my family for years to come! Thanks Beekman Boys you never ceases to amaze me ♥

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Ed and Heidi McNamar

I don't know about you but I'm so looking forward to this year's festival!!! Just finished a batch of my not so famous yet bar-be-que sauce to bring over to pass on to you both, along with Farmer John and Jason, the newlyweds, Doug and Garth and Tony at the Black Cat Cafe to try out. In return, I only ask of your honest opinion about it and any comments, both pro and con will be greatly appreciated. This sauce has a Florida start with a New York State finish.

See ya on Saturday,

Ed and Heidi ;D

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tammy

was the release date on the book moved up? imagine my surprise when I received shipping confirmation from Amazon.com today. if this was an Amazon "oops" it's a nice one as I have been waiting quite impatiently…

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Sally

I picked up my copy yesterday at The Country Living Fair and was thrilled to meet both of you. The cookbook is beautiful! Today, I made the 8 Minute Galette with some red and green grapes and I have a feeling this will become my "go-to' recipe when I need a quick dessert. Can't wait to experiment with other fillings! I see figs with orange zest in my future! Thanks for sharing the recipe yesterday.

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kathleen

Josh and Brent,Just ordered my copy and and one for a gift. Hope to meet up someday and have a signing! Love your town and the shops there. Last time we visited I bought two of the 1802 bath blankets and had them monogramed for our new twin granddaughters,they are beautiful(the blankets and the girls!)Love all that you do in your outreach of community spirit for all mankind.Thank you!

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denise kemper

What a great idea! Even in the face of the recent weather chaos, the two of you are forging on with resources for healthy living.Much good luck with this project and keep up the good works. 🙂

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Joy

Just picked up a copy at the Country Living Fair but I was too late to get a chance to meet you both. Regardless, I am simply elated to finally have the book and perhaps one day soon, will get a chance to meet you in person and request that you sign my copy. If there are any pages left to be signed that have not yet been decorated with notes, bookmarks or even a smudge of flour or two. 🙂

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Ed and Heidi McNamar

Thanx Doc and will pass on these kind words of encouragement to her. Kait, along with us absolutely love you guys and love the good works that you do!!!

See ya on Saturday,

Ed and Heidi ;D

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Ed and Heidi McNamar

You know Brent, our daughter Kaitlin would love that signed copy to have in her new apartment in the city as she attends NYU to complete her doctoral program! Consider it done, where at the American and at what time, 4ish I think?

Thanx,

Ed and Heidi ;D

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Ed and Heidi McNamar

Our two copies are on the way, just wishing they would have gotten here before we visit you on the farm tour on saturday for signage. Got a great day planned: Our noon tour of the farm, lunch at the American and Heidi has a 3 O'clock at the Spring House Spa for a facial, guess I'll go back for a few cocktails at the American, any in-house specialties to try out?

Looking forward to meeting you,

Ed and Heidi ;D

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Steven Kurfiss

I have been cooking from this book for the past 2 months. Cannot wait for the final release!!!!

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Stacey Cotrotsios

Hi Brent and Josh. Congratulations! I'm looking forward to seeing both of you at Terrain at Styers in Glen Mills, PA on October 16th!

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Jack Sica

I can't wait to get my copy next week! Then I'll have about a week to test some recipes so I can call "In The Kitchen" when your on to rave about the cookbook. The recipes look wonderful from the cookbook page and some of the recipes are dishes I already make so I wondering how they are different than mine. I'm sure they will help me improve on some of my recipes. I'm so happy the reviews so far are positive ones:)

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