Last week, when I opened my mail box, a fat manila envelope lay inside. The return address revealed the package to be from publisher Ryland Peters & Small in New York City. And inside the envelope was a copy of Fifi O’Neill’s new book: The Romantic Prairie Cookbook!
After winning a copy of her first book, Romantic Prairie Style, serendipitous circumstances led to a photo shoot with Fifi and photographer extraordinaire Mark Lohman at my home.
The September photo shoot was actually two-fold: the first part of the day was spent shooting the house for a magazine while the latter part was spent styling and shooting food. (But at the time, I couldn’t share that tidbit of information since it wasn’t publicly known that the follow-up to Romantic Prairie Style would be a cookbook.)
In the ensuing six months since the shoot, to say I’ve been eagerly anticipating the cookbook would be a massive understatement.
And when I cracked open The Romantic Prairie Cookbook, it was quickly apparent that Fifi and Mark delivered once again.
The styling and photography in The Romantic Prairie Cookbook are simply breath-taking. Mark and Fifi visited many gracious properties and people in their journey to create the book, and so not only are there plenty of mouth-watering food photos, but interspersed with the recipes are charming portraits of farm animals, children, pets, and country vistas.
The recipes featured in the book are wholesome, family-tested, and honest. There is no pretension here, just good food, often from ingredients straight from the garden or pasture.
My husband and I prepared five dishes and we were honored that they all made it into the book.
|Roasted Butternut Squash Soup|
|Spaghetti Squash with Fresh-Grated Parmigiano Reggiano|
|Jacob enjoying a Lemon Cupcake|
|Apple Crisps with Fresh Whipped Cream|
all photography by Mark Lohman
I’ve savored leafing and re-leafing through the book, and can’t wait to try out the many recipes I’ve already marked. Even though this is technically a cookbook, it could easily double as a coffee table book, too!
Though I'm obviously biased, I can't recommend The Romantic Prairie Cookbook enough. It will hold a special place on my kitchen shelf along with other treasured cookbooks. Many thanks to Fifi and Mark for the opportunity to be a part of this!