Old South, Fresh Recipes: How to Grow and Cook Your Way to a Good Life
Alabama chef Stacy Lyn Harris shows how free-range, sustainable living can be simple and elegant
“These recipes grabbed me… Stacy Lyn took me back to Sunday Suppers at my Granny’s when I was growing up. Whether you’re a farmer, a hunter, an avid gardener, or just a lover of really good food, you’ll be drawn in by Stacy Lyn’s Harvest. She’s the real deal!”
— Carla Hall, Chef, Co-Host of ABC’s “The Chew”
With nine mouths to feed on a daily basis, Alabama chef Stacy Lyn Harris keeps it simple but doesn’t skimp on elegance. Her seven kids enjoy homegrown food, prepared beautifully and sustainably thanks to a few chickens in the back, a year-round kitchen garden, milk from a dairy farmer just outside of town, and locally-sourced free-range meats.
Always served up in Stacy Lyn’s rustic-refined style, her dishes are classic Old South, but with a fresh, healthy, beautiful twist. Culled from her family’s farmstead near Montgomery, Alabama, Stacy Lyn’s Harvest Cookbook (March 2017) offers recipes and tips for a simpler, better way of life through growing, harvesting and cooking from nature’s bounty.
As founder/editor of GameandGarden.com, Stacy Lyn is known for her elegant approach to outdoor living and natural, free-range cooking. Featuring full-color photos, Stacy Lyn’s Harvest Cookbook includes more than 100 field- and farm-to-table recipes that meet her three-part criteria: family friendly (easy, with simple ingredients), fresh, and tasty.
There are cherished family recipes, free-range meat dishes derived from her husband’s hunting obsession, and lighter takes on decidedly Southern classics—all prepared simply, in the freshest way possible. The book covers food from the garden, pasture, woods, and water in four sections:
• “The Garden” features Fried Green Tomatoes, Jalapeño Poppers, Corn Chowder, Fried Squash with Tomatoes and Pesto, and other recipes to make you wish it was summer all year long.
• “Beyond the Garden” delves into beekeeping and raising chickens for an amazing Honey Butter to pour over Cinnamon Pear Buns and your favorite Egg Salad Sandwiches with Refrigerator Pickles.
• “From the Pasture” focuses on free-range, pasture-fed game recipes like Braised Short Ribs, Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo, and Juicy Pork Chops, plus a how-to on sausage-making.
• “Seafood and Fish” includes Stacy Lyn’s favorite entertaining recipes, Best Ever Clam Bake and Perfect Fish Tacos.
For city dwellers or anyone who feels Stacy Lyn’s way of life is out of reach, 15 “how to” articles sprinkled throughout the book offer steps for cooking and eating sustainably in any setting—including container gardening, saving seeds, preserving, foraging, composting and more.