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100 recipes for seasonal, locally sourced, and foraged dishes from the owner of the idyllic Catbird Cottage B&B in upstate New York. At the foot of the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge lies the hamlet of Accord, New York, dotted with orchards and farms, population 562. There, Melina Hammer welcomes guests from near and far to stay and eat at Catbird Cottage, a B&B run out of her c 100 recipes for seasonal, locally sourced, and foraged dishes from the owner of the idyllic Catbird Cottage B&B in upstate New York. At the foot of the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge lies the hamlet of Accord, New York, dotted with orchards and farms, population 562. There, Melina Hammer welcomes guests from near and far to stay and eat at Catbird Cottage, a B&B run out of her charming home. Her eclectic table is set with meals that showcase stories and ingredients from her own garden, New York’s wild landscape, and her travels around the globe. In her debut cookbook, Melina shares the beloved recipes from this special place, all presented seasonally just like the meals at Catbird Cottage. These recipes are organized by season, since the seasons dictate what’s on the Catbird Cottage table. Whether it’s Wild Salmon Gravlax, Scallop-Shiso Ceviche, Buttery Scrambled Eggs and Chanterelles, Sour Cherry Pie, or a fall-apart persimmon served with triple-cream cheese and freshly baked sourdough bread, Melina’s food is deeply satisfying and sustaining—and emphasizes cooking and living in a more connected and joyful way. Melina also shares her foraging and preserving know-how, allowing readers to stock their pantries, cupboards, and freezers. But these recipes don’t require you be a fully-fledged homesteader, expert forager, or connoisseur of global flavor. The book takes the foundations of these sustainable practices and integrates them into an accessible kitchen vernacular of complete nourishment. The food of Catbird Cottage is community on a plate—grown, harvested, persevered, and presented with love—and shared with cherished companions.


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100 recipes for seasonal, locally sourced, and foraged dishes from the owner of the idyllic Catbird Cottage B&B in upstate New York. At the foot of the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge lies the hamlet of Accord, New York, dotted with orchards and farms, population 562. There, Melina Hammer welcomes guests from near and far to stay and eat at Catbird Cottage, a B&B run out of her c 100 recipes for seasonal, locally sourced, and foraged dishes from the owner of the idyllic Catbird Cottage B&B in upstate New York. At the foot of the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge lies the hamlet of Accord, New York, dotted with orchards and farms, population 562. There, Melina Hammer welcomes guests from near and far to stay and eat at Catbird Cottage, a B&B run out of her charming home. Her eclectic table is set with meals that showcase stories and ingredients from her own garden, New York’s wild landscape, and her travels around the globe. In her debut cookbook, Melina shares the beloved recipes from this special place, all presented seasonally just like the meals at Catbird Cottage. These recipes are organized by season, since the seasons dictate what’s on the Catbird Cottage table. Whether it’s Wild Salmon Gravlax, Scallop-Shiso Ceviche, Buttery Scrambled Eggs and Chanterelles, Sour Cherry Pie, or a fall-apart persimmon served with triple-cream cheese and freshly baked sourdough bread, Melina’s food is deeply satisfying and sustaining—and emphasizes cooking and living in a more connected and joyful way. Melina also shares her foraging and preserving know-how, allowing readers to stock their pantries, cupboards, and freezers. But these recipes don’t require you be a fully-fledged homesteader, expert forager, or connoisseur of global flavor. The book takes the foundations of these sustainable practices and integrates them into an accessible kitchen vernacular of complete nourishment. The food of Catbird Cottage is community on a plate—grown, harvested, persevered, and presented with love—and shared with cherished companions.

32 review for A Year at Catbird Cottage: Recipes for a Nourished Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    A Year at Catbird Cottage is an outstanding new cookbook by Melina Hammer, owner of the B&B by the same name. Contained within are a hundred unique and special recipes and the most beautiful photographs I have ever seen in a cookbook. Recipes begin with a selection of "staples" which include condiments, dressings, fermented items, stocks, oils, compotes, and more. From here, the remainder of the recipes are broken down by season with recipes provided to take you from breakfast to dessert. There A Year at Catbird Cottage is an outstanding new cookbook by Melina Hammer, owner of the B&B by the same name. Contained within are a hundred unique and special recipes and the most beautiful photographs I have ever seen in a cookbook. Recipes begin with a selection of "staples" which include condiments, dressings, fermented items, stocks, oils, compotes, and more. From here, the remainder of the recipes are broken down by season with recipes provided to take you from breakfast to dessert. There are recipes catering to just about every dietary need and I love the fact that recipes can be located quickly given a helpful index for gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian dishes. Every manner of dish is included. Some that I found particularly delicious were asparagus and artichokes with tarragon aioli, salmon with a spicy cucumber-orange salsa, and a Kahlua chocolate mousse. Many of these recipes are quite involved should you decide to make each and every element and most recipes seem to be more aptly suited to celebrations and special meals. This cookbook has many extras that I found educational and helpful. The author discusses which tools she finds most essential, includes a chapter on foraging with guidelines and tips, provides menu ideas, and shares additional guides and resources that can be consulted for further information. In another helpful index, recipes are listed under one pan, no cook, and make ahead sections. I found this incredibly helpful when planning. All in all, this is a great book for anyone looking for beautiful, nutritious dishes that offer a little something special. Disclosure: I received a free copy from Ten Speed Press in exchange for a free and unbiased review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    This cookbook has recipes that are (for me) more aspirational than anything else, but there are a number I’m going to try nonetheless!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Pretty impressive for a cookbook to not have a single recipe I'm interested in trying. Pretty impressive for a cookbook to not have a single recipe I'm interested in trying.

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