Book Review: Dishing Up the Dirt by Andrea Bemis

Title:  Dishing Up the Dirt: Simple Recipes for Cooking Through the Seasons
Author: Andrea Bemis
Publisher: HarperWave
Release Date:  March 14, 2017
Genre: Food & Cookbook

Andrea Bemis, the creator of the popular farm-to-table blog Dishing Up the Dirt builds on her success with this beautiful, simple, seasonally driven cookbook, featuring more than 100 inventive and delicious whole-foods recipes and dozens of color photographs.

For Andrea Bemis, who owns and runs a six-acre organic farm with her husband outside of Portland, Oregon, dinners are inspired by what is grown in the soil and picked by hand. In Dishing Up the Dirt, Andrea offers 100 authentic farm-to-table recipes, arranged by season, including:

Spring: Honey Roasted Strawberry Muffins, Lamb Lettuce Wraps with Mint Yogurt Sauce, Spring Harvest Pizza with Mint & Pea Pesto, Kohlrabi and Chickpea Salad

Summer: Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Biscuits, Roasted Ratatouille Toast, Kohlrabi Fritters with Garlic Herb Cashew Cream Sauce, Farmers Market Burgers with Mustard Greens Pesto 

Fall: Farm Girl Veggie Bowls, Butternut Molasses Muffins, Early Autumn Moroccan Stew, Collard Green Slaw with Bacon Gremolata 

Winter: Rutabaga Home Fries with Smokey Cashew Sauce, Hoisin Glazed Brussels Sprouts, Country Girl Old Fashioned Cocktails, Tumbleweed Farm Winter Panzanella  

Andrea’s recipes focus on using whole, locally-sourced foods—incorporating the philosophy of eating as close to the land as possible. While many recipes are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegetarian, many others include elemental ingredients like bread, cheese, eggs, meat, and sweeteners, which are incorporated in new and inventive ways.

In short essays throughout the book, Andrea also presents an honest glimpse of life on Tumbleweed Farm—the real life of a farmer, not the shabby-chic fantasy often portrayed—offering fascinating and frequently entertaining details about where the food on our dinner tables comes from. With stunning food photography as well as intimate portraits of farm life, Dishing Up the Dirt allows anyone to be a seasonal foodie and an armchair farmer.

Dishing Up the Dirt by Andrea Bemis isn't just a cookbook with recipes. It's also a story - a story of life on a farm, eating right and being a family. Read Andrea's story spaced throughout the book, like a bit about how they say "I love you" in the introduction or what feels like after the last farmer's market day midway in. Recipes she shared with readers of her book are recipes she prepares at home, reminding her of "how wonderful simple food, a warm kitchen, and a happy dog can make us feel." (128) The imagery itself feels warm.

 As a cookbook, I do like how Dishing Up the Dirt is split up. It's categorized according to season, adding a little something about sauces at the beginning. Don't skimp over the intro to each season, because there are some great tips in there too. Speaking of tips, Andrea also will add them throughout the book, in the recipes she thinks will benefit us, from storing to preparation tips. Foods are wholesome and simple. The pictures are gorgeous and making the food even tastier!

I really enjoyed this cookbook, because it's more than that. Take a look at the samples below, click to enlarge.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Andrea Bemis 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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  1. she had me until the chicken picture ;) LOL! Seriously though, this looks like a great cookbook!

  2. Good food and a happy dog sounds like the perfect combination to me!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.


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