Book release: The Farmer and the Chef – Farm Fresh Minnesota Recipes and Stories

The Farmer and the Chef: Farm Fresh Minnesota Recipes and Stories

By Minnesota Farmers Union; Claudine Arndt and Bruce Miller – Photographs by Katie Cannon

9781493046584 • Hardback • June 2021

$27.95 • 296 pages

Published by Globe Pequot Press, available for pre-order here

More than 90 recipes, 150 color food and farm photographs, and 19 stories reflecting Minnesota’s revered farm-to-table values.

The Farmer and the Chef: Farm Fresh Minnesota Recipes and Stories is a collection of farmer-forward writings and chef-driven recipes, giving readers an inside look at the life of food and farming in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

The Farmer and the Chef comes at the most relevant time possible, after the COVID-19 crisis has illuminated the stark frailties within our food system, the crucial role farmers play in feeding the world, and the vitality restaurants bring to our communities and lives. The Farmer and the Chef is more than a cookbook – it’s an invitation to step inside the world of farming and glimpse what it takes to bring food from the farm to the table.

Recipes from Minnesota’s revered chefs and restaurateurs, accompanied by stunning photography and farmers’ real-life stories, showcase the daily rhythms, struggles and triumphs of Minnesota farmers. Organized around chapter themes such as Daybreak, Tractor Meals, Summer Harvest, and Sunday Picnics, recipe highlights include loaded local oatmeal with black currant blueberry jam, cottage bread, summer goddess walleye, farmers market panzanella, swede hollow meatballs, and cherry-glazed madeleines.

About the Authors

Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) works to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities of Minnesota. The Minnesota Cooks™ program and The Farmer and The Chef are created with support from MFU President Gary Wertish and the MFU Executive Committee and in partnership with Minnesota Grown.

Claudine Arndt is the manager of Minnesota Cooks™, a local foods program of MFU that served as the inspiration for The Farmer and The Chef. She is the primary author of the book’s stories, drawing from her dedication to local foods, a healthy lifestyle, and her unique ability to connect with others’ experiences.

Katie Cannon runs her photography business as well as photographs for the Minnesota Cooks™ program and helped creatively shape and finesse each recipe and story in The Farmer and The Chef.