During the week, Ian Knauer lives the life of an urban freelancer, developing recipes for the Food Network by day and writing articles for magazines likeBon AppétitandMen's Healthin his small Brooklyn apartment by night.But on the weekends, he morphs into something very different: an amateur farmer.
Whenever he can, Ian returns for inspiration to the rural Pennsylvania farm that his family has owned for generations, where he raises chickens, keeps bees, hunts, gardens extensively, and — most importantly — cooks.The 150 recipes ofThe Farmare grounded in the rhythms of the seasons. From Spring Chickens with Potatoes and Spaghetti with Arugula Carbonara, through Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans and Corn with Chili Butter, to Cowboy Steaks with Guiness Sauce and Crispy Potato Cake with Garlic and Herbs, they are designed to help cooks get the most out of their local gardens and markets. Knauer has also mined (and expertly tweaked) the recipe files of his mother and grandmother, for spectacular classics like Lemon Pudding Cake and Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie.The food ofThe Farmis arrestingly simple, highlighting produce at its peak. There are no esoteric ingredients from faraway lands and no wasted steps, just the frank and unadorned cooking of an expert cook — weekend and weekday cooking at their best. With full-color photographs of the food and the farm throughout,TheFarmis tonic to rural and urban cooks alike.Foreward by Ruth Reichl
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A former food editor atGourmet,Ian Knauerwrote extensively for the magazine and its website and also co-hosted the magazines awarding winning television series,Diary of a Foodie,andAdventures with Ruth. He now develops recipes for the Food Network, including for the showThe Next Food Network Star, and the Cooking Channel. He contributes articles and recipes toMen's Health,Men's Journal, theAtlantic.com,Bon Appétit,Fine Cooking, AOL Food,Salon.com., and Gillt.com.nbsp;He blogs at http://bigcitycountryboy.blogspot.com .