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Paperback – 256 pages
8 Inches × 9 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 554 Grams
BISAC: COOKING / Specific Ingredients / Natural Foods
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865717039
Pub. Date: 2011-09-01

About the Authors

John Ivanko

John D. Ivanko is a national speaker, writer, photographer, and ecopreneur, and innkeeper of Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast. Together with his wife, Lisa, John is co-author of the award-winning ECOpreneuring, as well as Farmstead Chef and Rural Renaissance. He is also the co-author and photographer for six award-winning multicultural children's books including To Be a Kid and Be My Neighbor.

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Lisa Kivirist

Lisa Kivirist is a Senior Fellow, Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and a national advocate for women in sustainable agriculture. She founded and directs the Rural Women's Project of the Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Service, an award-winning initiative championing female farmers and food-based entrepreneurs.

Together with her husband, John Ivanko, Lisa is co-author of Homemade for Sale, Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance. Lisa and her family run Inn Serendipity Farm and Bed & Breakfast, completely powered by the wind and sun in the rolling green hills of southern Wisconsin.

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Farmstead Chef

by John Ivanko & Lisa Kivirist

Join Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko, proprietors of the award-winning Inn Serendipity, as they launch a return to our roots of independence, self-sufficiency and frugality, blended with the spice of modern living.Farmstead Chef whips up a quirky, homespun tale of how we can eat well, nourish our bodies, and restore the planet. Rediscover the benefits of homegrown and homemade cooking, preserving the harvest, stocking the pantry, all while building community.

From breakfasts to mouth-watering desserts, Farmstead Chef showcases the creative and budget-friendly side to eating lower on the food chain more often while taking responsibility for the food we put into our bodies – by growing it, sharing it and savoring it. Recipes include:

  • Zucchini Feta Pancakes
  • Winter Squash Fritters
  • Herb-infused Spare Ribs
  • Strawberry Dessert Pizza
  • Homemade Graham Crackers

After your meal, pull up a chair and enjoy inviting slice-of-life “Kitchen Table” features, such as interviews with local food heroesand visionaries transforming our food system. Farmstead Chef also shares tips practical cooking tips and lively short essays inspired by John and Lisa's organic, self-reliant homestead and bed & breakfast. This fully illustrated cookbook will show you how to reconnect with nature through food, especially when shared with friends.

Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko are co-authors of the award-winning Ecopreneuring and Rural Renaissance. Lisa is also a distinguished Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow, and John is co-author and principal photographer for six award-winning multicultural children's books. John and Lisa are innkeepers of the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast. (

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