Eating It Up in Eden ...

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Cookbook

Eating It Up in Eden is a cookbook with a mission and a story. The recipes were contributed by members of Oregon families who have been farming or ranching on the same lands for more than a hundred years. The cookbook was created to mark the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program, which commemorates these families and their hard work in keeping family-owned ranches and farms vital to the well-being of the state’s agricultural life.

There are nearly a hundred recipes, from Velma Hiatt Laughlin’s Pickled Beets, to Swedish Flatbread from the Nyberg family, to Aunt Gretchen’s Chewie Dewies. And advice on how to catch wild ducks and roast hazelnuts (many Oregonians still call them filberts). The book is filled with anecdotes and photographs from the contributors, and it also includes a short history of Oregon agriculture and a listing, by county, of the more than a thousand farms and ranches that have been marked by the program since 1958.

Larry Bingham wrote a wonderful piece about some of the contributors to the book for an article in the Oregonian’s FoodDay section. The book also led to Richard’s appearance in an episode of The Oregon Experience on OPB, produced by Eric Cain.  “A Cuisine of Our Own” is about Oregon-born food maven James Beard, and Richard spoke about Oregon foodways in the early 20th century. A separate online feature depicts chef Corey Schreiber making a marionberry cobbler from the book.

Eating It Up in Eden won the national PubWest book design gold award in 2010 in the cookbook category. The book’s designer, Susan Bard, gets the kudos for the superb cover design, layout, color selection, and typography.

White House Grocery Press, 2009. $18.95. ISBN 978-09787221-1-1

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Photo of James Beard from Oregon Public Broadcasting