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Creating a better world starts at home—in the kitchen—and for twenty years the Birchwood Cafe has guided diners to live and eat sustainably and joyfully. Now you can sample Birchwood’s recipes—adapted for home cooks—and fill your own table with some of the irresistible fare that has made the cafe one of the region’s best-loved restaurants.   In these pages, find Birchwood’ Creating a better world starts at home—in the kitchen—and for twenty years the Birchwood Cafe has guided diners to live and eat sustainably and joyfully. Now you can sample Birchwood’s recipes—adapted for home cooks—and fill your own table with some of the irresistible fare that has made the cafe one of the region’s best-loved restaurants.   In these pages, find Birchwood’s light-hearted, innovative menu: hearty hand pies and multigrain salads, decadent pastries, and award-winning desserts. Organized by eight seasons, these dishes are inspired by the way weather affects our appetites and determines what comes from our land. With Spring, we celebrate beginnings, tossing up fragrant herbs, tender greens, and tart rhubarb. Come Summer, we fire up the grill and get outside; when Scorch hits and those dog days dampen appetites, we whip up cool soups and refreshing salads. Then Autumn, with its collision of apples, pears, pumpkins, and kale; and as Dusk falls, we get cozy with bowls of savory soup. Frost tempts us back to the stove with nourishing roots. Ready for Winter, we gather close with friends near the hearth, ladling up warming stews. Come Thaw, look to the first food of the season as the maple syrup runs and we anticipate a new year. The pantry chapter features Chef Marshall Paulsen’s condiments—chutney, jam, preserves, and vinaigrettes—which can transform the simplest dish into a spectacular plate.   Owner Tracy Singleton and Chef Marshall share Birchwood stories and memories, plus practical tips and insights. Just as Birchwood Cafe is more than a restaurant, this is more than a cookbook. The Birchwood Cafe Cookbook shows you what it takes to make a sustainable kitchen and a joyful table, to prepare “good real food” that really does more than a little good. 


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Creating a better world starts at home—in the kitchen—and for twenty years the Birchwood Cafe has guided diners to live and eat sustainably and joyfully. Now you can sample Birchwood’s recipes—adapted for home cooks—and fill your own table with some of the irresistible fare that has made the cafe one of the region’s best-loved restaurants.   In these pages, find Birchwood’ Creating a better world starts at home—in the kitchen—and for twenty years the Birchwood Cafe has guided diners to live and eat sustainably and joyfully. Now you can sample Birchwood’s recipes—adapted for home cooks—and fill your own table with some of the irresistible fare that has made the cafe one of the region’s best-loved restaurants.   In these pages, find Birchwood’s light-hearted, innovative menu: hearty hand pies and multigrain salads, decadent pastries, and award-winning desserts. Organized by eight seasons, these dishes are inspired by the way weather affects our appetites and determines what comes from our land. With Spring, we celebrate beginnings, tossing up fragrant herbs, tender greens, and tart rhubarb. Come Summer, we fire up the grill and get outside; when Scorch hits and those dog days dampen appetites, we whip up cool soups and refreshing salads. Then Autumn, with its collision of apples, pears, pumpkins, and kale; and as Dusk falls, we get cozy with bowls of savory soup. Frost tempts us back to the stove with nourishing roots. Ready for Winter, we gather close with friends near the hearth, ladling up warming stews. Come Thaw, look to the first food of the season as the maple syrup runs and we anticipate a new year. The pantry chapter features Chef Marshall Paulsen’s condiments—chutney, jam, preserves, and vinaigrettes—which can transform the simplest dish into a spectacular plate.   Owner Tracy Singleton and Chef Marshall share Birchwood stories and memories, plus practical tips and insights. Just as Birchwood Cafe is more than a restaurant, this is more than a cookbook. The Birchwood Cafe Cookbook shows you what it takes to make a sustainable kitchen and a joyful table, to prepare “good real food” that really does more than a little good. 

57 review for The Birchwood Cafe Cookbook: Good Real Food

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    This was an impulse buy and I am so glad I picked it up! I love The Birchwood but don't get there as often as I would like. It's fun to read the stories behind such an iconic Minneapolis place. I love reading about the farmers and suppliers, many of whom we've purchased from ourselves or find at the local co-op. Another feature that I love, is the way the book is divided into seasons. I'm saving my final star count decision for when I have delved into a few of the recipes, but I think this one w This was an impulse buy and I am so glad I picked it up! I love The Birchwood but don't get there as often as I would like. It's fun to read the stories behind such an iconic Minneapolis place. I love reading about the farmers and suppliers, many of whom we've purchased from ourselves or find at the local co-op. Another feature that I love, is the way the book is divided into seasons. I'm saving my final star count decision for when I have delved into a few of the recipes, but I think this one will be a keeper!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Tornello

    I loved that this cookbook was divided into the different seasons. I get a CSA share every week, so I am always planning my meals based on whatever seasonal vegetables I receive. For the most part, the recipes look delicious and didn't seem too complicated to make at home. I'm looking forward to trying quite a few of them! I had an ARC, so I can't really tell how the pictures will look in the final version, but there were a lot included. I also enjoyed reading little snippets about the different I loved that this cookbook was divided into the different seasons. I get a CSA share every week, so I am always planning my meals based on whatever seasonal vegetables I receive. For the most part, the recipes look delicious and didn't seem too complicated to make at home. I'm looking forward to trying quite a few of them! I had an ARC, so I can't really tell how the pictures will look in the final version, but there were a lot included. I also enjoyed reading little snippets about the different local farms that work with the Birchwood Cafe. I received this book as a Goodreads First-Read. Yay!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    I like cookbooks better if all the recipes have pictures. This is not the case with this book, but that is not a big deal. I loved how this book is devided by the seasons and loved the little stories on the farms that the Birchwood cafe buys from.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I think this is a really nice cookbook, especially for those looking to cook using fresh, local ingredients. The book is divided into the different seasons and some in between periods like scorch, dusk, frost and thaw. Given the café is in Minnesota, I think people in different regions will reach certain seasons at slightly different times, so I would recommend looking at the other seasons too. The book is full of recipes that look really interesting and I can't wait to try. But my favorite part I think this is a really nice cookbook, especially for those looking to cook using fresh, local ingredients. The book is divided into the different seasons and some in between periods like scorch, dusk, frost and thaw. Given the café is in Minnesota, I think people in different regions will reach certain seasons at slightly different times, so I would recommend looking at the other seasons too. The book is full of recipes that look really interesting and I can't wait to try. But my favorite part was throughout the book they highlight the local farms that provide the produce, dairy, etc. that is used in the restaurant. I liked learning about the local farms. The copy I received was the advance reading copy and the photos were not in color. I assume the photos in the final book will be in color. I received a free copy from goodreads but my opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I received an ARC of this book from the Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed reading The Birchwood Cafe cookbook. I liked reading the stories about the farms and orchards that supply the cafe. There are so many unique recipes to make healthy meals with fruits and vegetables. I'm looking forward to making many of the great recipes. Thanks to University of Minnesota Press for sending me this book. I received an ARC of this book from the Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed reading The Birchwood Cafe cookbook. I liked reading the stories about the farms and orchards that supply the cafe. There are so many unique recipes to make healthy meals with fruits and vegetables. I'm looking forward to making many of the great recipes. Thanks to University of Minnesota Press for sending me this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Another beautiful cookbook from Beth Dooley and her team. Birchwood is an awesome spot and these recipes are challenging, fun, and approachable. The Glazed Grapefruit Bread was wonderful and the Apple Turnip Quiche was a hit as well. Looking forward to incorporating these recipes more and more!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    I won this book in a goodreads giveaway, and I am very glad I did. The recipes are fantastic and so are all the beautiful pictures.

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