Dishing Up The Dirt – Book Review

Dishing Up the Dirt

Dishing Up The Dirt: Simple Recipes For Cooking Through The Seasons

When Andrea Bemis was a little girl, she never dreamed that her life would revolve around dirt. But, when she and her husband received a bag of the juiciest blueberries they’d ever tasted from Taylor’s folks back in Massachusetts on a hot Oregon day in 2008, they started wondering what it would be like to just pack up their lives, move to a farm, grow their own food and become self-sufficient – and five months later, they did just that!

Dishing Up The Dirt: Simple Recipes For Cooking Through The Seasons is a delightful cookbook featuring healthy seasonal recipes from Tumbleweed Farm – the home of Andrea and Taylor. Some of these recipes were dreamed up in Andrea’s kitchen and some were dished up from the dirt. What is interesting about these recipes is that Andrea says:

I wasn’t much of a cook before then, but spending whole days focused on growing food gave me the license to explore in the kitchen. We were cultivating a ton of vegetables I’d never cooked with, so there were some disasters at first (and I’d be lying if I said they didn’t still happen on occasion). But just as with farming, over time, I learned new skills and got more comfortable.

One helpful tip I learned from reading this cookbook is that if you have picky eaters who don’t like eating vegetables in your home – try pairing them with tasty sauces (such as her Dijon Tahini Dressing or her Garlic Cashew Herb Sauce!)

You’ll find plenty of simple, seasonal recipes to please everyone in Dishing Up The Dirt. Andrea’s recipes focus on using whole, locally-sourced foods and incorporating the philosophy of eating as close to the land as possible. While many of her recipes are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegetarian, others include elemental ingredients like bread, cheese, eggs, meat, and sweeteners, which are incorporated in new and inventive ways.

This book contains beautiful, full-page photography throughout that feature intimate moments of farm life and delectable recipes. The author’s story, which is woven throughout the cookbook, is interesting and provides insightful glimpses into where the food on our dinner table comes from.

Dishing Up The Dirt is a valuable edition to add to your family’s cookbook collection.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Video: Dishing Up The Dirt Book Trailer

About Andrea Bemis

Andrea Bemis

Andrea is the writer, recipe developer, and photographer behind the food blog DishingUp Her recipes and Tumbleweed Farm have been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Well and Good NYC, and Eating Well Magazine. She lives on her farm in Oregon with her husband and dog.


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7 Responses to “Dishing Up The Dirt – Book Review”

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  1. I’m one of those people who is very disconnected from growing food and the farm life so I love reading about people who live that life every day … particularly when delicious recipes are included!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  2. Miz Helen says:

    This is a great review that inspired me to buy the book, I can’t wait to get it and do some cooking! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  3. I’m sure this an interesting book. Everyone in my house eats veggies, but they are even better with yummy sauces – at least I think so! Visiting your link from the LMMLinkup

  4. This looks like a good book. My mom started a vegetable garden when she came to live with us a few months ago, so it looks like we’ll have fresh veggies to cook and enjoy.

  5. Laurie says:

    Don’t tell my husband about this! He would do just that too if he could find a wild blueberry farm!

    Sounds like a neat book!


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