World Chefs: Cookbook stresses seasonal recipes

Tue Nov 1, 2011 5:04am EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh-Kilmer Purcell, who are better known as the Beekman Boys, have been ceaseless chroniclers of their lifestyle journey from city slickers to organic farmers.

Subjects of cable TV show "The Fabulous Beekman Boys," the former Manhattanites turned bucolic when they lost their jobs in the city and turned their weekend getaway, the Beekman 1802 mansion and surroundings, into a working farm and full-time business.

"The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook" gathers 110 seasonally-arranged recipes that highlight the heirloom fruits and vegetables grown on their 60-acre goat farm in Sharon, New York.

Ridge, 38, spoke to Reuters about getting back to the garden, eating seasonally and why he hopes each recipe in the book will engender 100 more.

Q: Why did you write this book?

A: "The initial idea was to collect recipes we would cook after harvesting things from our garden. A lot of the recipes our families had been making for a long time, so we adapted them. That's how the heirloom cookbook came about. In the book we have blank spaces where you can write your own."

Q: How do you define heirloom?

A: "An heirloom variety of anything is something that's never been adulterated. If it's in its pure form, never been genetically modified you can call it heirloom. We grow 110 different varieties heirloom vegetables in our garden, and we raise heirloom pigs and chickens and turkeys. Right now we're growing about 80 percent of the food we consume."   Continued...