Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Romantic Prairie Cookbook Arrives!

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.

The Romantic Prairie Cookbook is a feast for the stomach and eyes

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

Venison Stroganoff

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!



  1. awww, congrats! that's awesome. Love the picture of Jacob eating the cupcake! too cute!

  2. this is SO exciting!!!! YAY! and i am not hungry for apple crisp- that is my favorite. :)

  3. WOW! Congrats girl! I'm so happy for you. I'll be picking it up now for sure. Then I can tell everyone one of my favorite blog friends is featured!

  4. WOW WOW WOW!!! Awesome!!!!! I will be adding this book to my wish list :)

  5. Hey Erin...how fabulous is that!!!!!! So happy and proud for you and your recipes sound and look so good. I will be on the lookout for this issue for sure. I can say I knew you before you were a famous magazine feature ;->


    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

  6. Hurray for you, Erin! I just got the book a few weeks ago and haven't really spent any time with it. I'll be looking for your feature!


  7. yeah! i'm going to have to get this book for sure!! i am the worst cook, so i hope i can get inspired from these recipes. i'm excited to see all the cute kitchens (including yours) in the book too! your son looks adorable in his overalls!!

  8. How awesome Erin!!! I'm so excited for you! This book will definitely added to my "must buy" list!

  9. Oh my gosh, i'm dying to see it! Your recipes look fabulous! It looks like it's a beautiful book too... wow... 4 of your very own recipes... that's so cool!



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