New England Farmgirl by Jessica Robinson is a Culinary Ode to New England
What’s it like to grow up on a New England farm? Jessica Robinson knows firsthand, and in her book New England Farmgirl: Recipes and Stories from a Farmer’s Daughter (Gibbs Smith, 2015), she shares the secrets with the rest of us. Robinson is a culinary aficionado of the Northeast, as well as an advocate for the simpler, healthier lifestyle that rural New England life can offer.
Tracey Ryder, co-founder of Edible Communities, writes in the introduction: “Jessica is straightforward and completely authentic. She is informed by generations full of rich family history that provide her with solid roots for developing her own new takes on tradition, which she does with warmth and enthusiasm.”
Each themed chapter begins with a handy guide to Robinson’s favorite local purveyors across New England, from orchards to Christmas tree farms to country stores.
Many recipes in New England Farmgirl are inspired by family members or friends who she grew up learning from, like the Pioneer Bread made with cornmeal, maple syrup and a blend of flours. Others are her original recipes, including the mouthwatering Maple Peach Barbeque Sauce, which Robinson calls a “taste of summer.” Robinson’s culinary ode to New England has something delicious for everyone.