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Maggie's Harvest [Hardcover]

Maggie Beer
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Book Description

Aug. 26 2008
Maggie's Harvest brings together over 350 of Maggie Beer's signature recipes, detailed descriptions of her favourite ingredients and inspiring accounts of memorable meals with family and friends.

Maggie lives her life according to the seasons of her beloved Barossa Valley and this is evident on every page, where her overwhelming love of and enthusiasm for the Barossa, its produce and people shines though. The recipes highlight Maggie's philosophy of using the freshest and best seasonal produce available and treating it simply.

Divided into four chapters based on the seasons, this book provides information on the local seasonal ingredients which Maggie is most passionate about, which she either grows on her farm and orchard in the Barossa, or sources from local suppliers.


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About the Author

Maggie Beer operated the Barossa Valley's famous Pheasant Farm restaurant with her husband, Colin, for nearly fifteen years. Since closing the restaurant in 1993, she has established an export kitchen in Tanunda to develop and make products for domestic and international markets. These include the popular Pheasant Farm pate and quince paste, the indispensable ingredient verjuice, delicious traditional desserts and an ever-increasing range of regional specialities. Visitors to the Barossa can sample these wares and other local produce at Maggie's thriving Farm Shop near Nuriootpa. She writes for the ABC's magazine delicious and is the author of three successful cookbooks, Maggie's Farm, Maggie's Orchard and Maggie's Table, and co-author of Stephanie Alexander & Maggie Beer's Tuscan Cookbook.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful June 28 2011
By mae
Format:Hardcover
What you can't tell from the image for this book is how truly beautiful the binding is. I'll admit that I bought it on appearance alone, as I've never seen a cookbook with such beautifully wrought embroidery. The inside is equally beatiful and really reflects the money that Penguin is able to put into their books - gorgeous paper and high quality photographs. All that aside, the recipes are wonderful too. Maggie Beer isn't as well known in Canada as she deserves to be, but in Australia she's a bit of a cooking icon, from what I've heard. Her recipes are really down to earth and with wonderful introductions to ingredients. Don't get too caught up in the Australian verbage for things like red peppers, these recipes are well worth making.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maggie's Harvest Jan. 14 2011
By mike
Format:Hardcover
I knew that this was a book that I wanted. It was a gift for a family member and it was requested by name. It arrived in perfect condition, in less than a week. The book itself is just lovely with a hand embroidered cover and and lovely recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars `My philosophy is simple - to cook from the heart, and to live in harmony with the seasons.' May 15 2008
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Between the embroidered covers of this wonderful reference book are 716 pages of Maggie Beer's memories, musings and recipes. Beautifully accompanied by colour photographs of dishes, places and ingredients, this is a book filled with inspiration and Ms Beer's passion for food.

I bought this book for myself as a present, and have spent hours remembering recipes from my youth and rejoicing in the offerings of the seasons. Ms Beer's book is organised by season: Summer; Autumn (Fall); Winter and Spring. Entries are alphabetic within seasons. The instructions are easy to follow and the recipes are foolproof (trust me: I've tested some of them).

This is a book to explore and to seek inspiration from. From almonds, anchovies and artichokes to venison, vine leaves, witlof and zucchini there is much to feast your eyes on. And should you want more than a visual feast, then there are recipes to follow as you create your own actual feast.

I bought this book for the pictures, but it continues to encourage me to explore new cuisine. I especially enjoy the seasonal approach. It may be true that many of us can obtain most items at any time of the year but there is something wonderful about fresh food in season that makes cooking even more satisfying.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exquisite tome May 4 2009
By ArtsBeatLA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I just received this hefty book in the mail from Australia as a birthday present from my mother. Add the exorbitant postage, and this elegantly bound book, with cloth & embroidery, is quite an extravagant gift.

As an ex-pat Australian, I was only vaguely aware of Maggie Beer from a TV show she does with a rather whiny "chef" as well as the excellent products she has produced, although an unopened bottle of her verjuice sits somewhat forgotten in my pantry... Forgotten no longer! I now have several excellent recipes to use this mysterious substance in, thanks to Maggie Beer's well-researched and easy to follow recipes.

Okay, I haven't attempted one yet, but all the recipes are so simply presented it should be a snap. The first recipe I will try is Maggie's famous "sour cream pastry" -- just three ingredients - flour, butter and sour cream. Sounds pretty decadent.

So far I have enjoyed the stories of how Maggie's business grew. Also the photos in this large book are just breathtaking and make this Aussie girl quite homesick for her sunburnt land.

I love that the book is laid out in seasonal chapters. In this day and age where most produce (at least here in LA) is available all year round, consulting this book is will definitely encourage me to buy locally and seasonally. Something we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint, right?

One other thing -- I thought my library was complete with a couple by Bourdain, Gabriel Gate, my Larousse and Stephanie Alexander's excellent and comprehensive Cook's Companion, that lists all chapters via ingredient. I was wrong! Maggie's Harvest is a welcome addition to this handful of oft-consulted books.

And Mum, next time buy it from amazon, silly! You might save a fair few bucks!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is a gem Jan. 9 2010
By Jean Soh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
this is a beautiful book, inside out.

maggie not only share all her good recipes, she takes us through a journey of how she developed her passion in food wihtout a grand plan and with her gd senses as a guide. you will travel with her from the past to present envisioning the smell and taste of unadulterated farmers produce. the ingredients in her recipes are very easy to obtain, i have been quite conscious of MIchael Pollan's food rule "avoid ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce" which makes alot of sense, and is assuring that Maggie uses only the basics.

until i read her book, i always thought refrigerating fruit allow it to develop the full flavour the same as if they were in room temperature, except with added benefit of prolonging their maturity.

it is a real shame to see her book ranking so far back just because Maggie Beer is not a familiar name out of Australia and UK.

there arent that many cookbooks that will age on your shelf gracefully and this is one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A celebration of beautiful bounty with usable recipes July 17 2014
By Wild Thing Foodie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I disagree with the review that it is only for Australians. It is a steal at the heavily discounted price. This cookbook is a celebration of seasonal ingredients and simple cooking techniques that any food lover will be inspired by. Maggie Beer is a combination of Julia Child and Alice Waters. It fits perfectly with my cookbooks by Alice Waters and many of her chefs, like Suzanne Goin, David Lebovitz, David Tanis, etc. It is also a good cookbook for those who shop at farmer's markets. And serious foodies with a kitchen scale. I recommend this cookbook to those who appreciate beauty in food, people, and books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my new favorite Dec 19 2009
By Julie Logue Riordan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love the way it is arranged by season. The recipes and ideas are inspiring. A must have for any serious foodie.
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