Dishing up the Dirt - Andrea Bemis

5 Stars!

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.

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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.

Connect with Andrea on Instagram and Facebook.

A very nice hard cover book with great recipes and full color pictures!
Even thought this is not a vegetarian cook book there are only a handful of recipes with meat. So it is still very usable for me. I have quite a few recipes flagged to make. And I actually made one already (see below)!
I am a veg. gardener so I liked that this book is arranged by season instead of meal type. I like that I can just go out to my garden and pick something and go to the book and find a recipe for it!

Some of the recipes I have marked are -
Honey Roasted Strawberry muffins (I actually already made these!)
Penne with Parsley pesto, white beans & parmesan
Spiced zucchini honey walnut bread (I have zuc. from my garden in the freezer so I might make this next)
Summer squash & corn pasta with garlic Tahini sauce - looks super yum!
Blueberry, lemon & ricotta biscuits
Tumbleweed farm tomato sauce (I am always looking for new spag. sauce)
Spicy tomato bisque with pan-fried chickpeas

And this is what I already made -
Honey roasted strawberry muffins
And here's the finished muffins. They were really good and I would make them again! My husband also liked them, and has eaten several - and he's a very picky eater!

And here is a pic of the super yum one I have not made yet -
Doesn't it look super YUM???

I am very excited about to be adding this cookbook to my pile and I look forward to using it this summer!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours Thank You!


  1. You've got my mouth watering! Sounds like even my husband would like some of these recipes -- and he's a very meat-and-potatoes type of guy.

    Thanks for being on this tour!


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