The best of the Berkshires’ homegrown food from noted farms to esteemed kitchens
The Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts are famous for their unique culture, from scenic views to artistic and literary attractions. But in addition to the region’s classic landmarks, the Berkshires also boast an impressive number of family-run farms. Together with local restaurants, these farms add another feature to Berkshires culture: heartwarming and homegrown food.
Telling the story of family-run agriculture through the language of food, The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook offers 125 recipes to recall the magic of the Berkshire region for readers far and wide. Sweet Corn Pancakes, Carrot Soup with Sage and Mint, Confetti Vegetable and Goat Cheese Lasagna, and more celebrate the lush landscape of the western New England area. Complete with farm profiles and vibrant photographs, The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook paints a vivid portrait of the relationship between the earth and what we eat.
About the Author
Elisa Spungen Bildner is a former lawyer, journalist, and CEO of a perishable food manufacturing company. She is also a professionally trained chef.
Robert Bildner is a former lawyer who grew up in a food family and went on to found several food companies that helped local farmers bring product to market. He photographed the farms and restaurants in this book. Elisa and Rob have lived in the Berkshires for 35 years.
Brian Alberg is the vice president of culinary development for Main Street Hospitality Group and formerly Executive Chef of their Red Lion Inn property.
Springtime lingers in this simple, approachable book...
— Florence Fabricant, The New York Times
A great cookbook tells a story, about food — where it comes from, how to use it and what to make with it. Authors Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner take it one step further in The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook, bringing readers the stories of the farmers who work and live in the region.
— The Berkshire Eagle
Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner’s stories/cookbook is a timely contribution and a response to our needs and concerns at this particular moment.
— Lisa Green, Rural Intelligence
An uplifting celebration of the passionate people who keep agriculture alive in the Berkshires ... you’ll be well-stocked with ideas for making the most of your farmers’ market haul.
— Danny Meyer, Founder and CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group; author of Setting the Table
The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook positions the area as not only one of America’s premier cultural destinations, but as a hub for tasty, locally grown foods offered by a community of dedicated farmers and creative chefs.
— Emanuel (Manny) Ax, classical pianist and part-time Berkshires resident
A stirring collection of stories of farmers and chefs—an idyllic place at the forefront of the farm-to-table movement.
— Paul Freedman, food historian and author of Ten Restaurants That Changed America
Each recipe radiates the distinct agricultural landscape, ecology, and communities of the Berkshires … an alluring and uncompromising defense of the local.
— Mark Bomford, Director, Yale Sustainable Food Program
Through stories, wonderful photographs, and recipes, you’ll get to know the inspiring farmers and farm-to-table chefs of the Berkshires and learn why we in the Berkshires are passionate supporters of small family farms.
— Barbara Zheutlin, former Executive Director of Berkshire Grown