Masala Farm: Stories and Recipes from an Uncommon Life in the Country

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What happens when an Indian chef and consummate city dweller buys a farm in the country and endeavors to raise farm animals and grow vegetables? Delicious food, of course! From acclaimed chef and author Suvir Saran, Masala Farm offers a fresh twist on a farm-to-table approach to cooking and welcomes readers into the kitchen. A steady stream of houseguests, the challenges of animal ownership, and the joys of being a part of a small-town community supply the stories woven throughout this volume. Sixty recipes are organized by season. Exquisite photography captures the lusciousness of Saran's food and the beauty of the countryside.

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Masala Farm is as fresh as a carrot just pulled from the earth.  The wholesome and appealing recipes spring directly from a passionate way of living and celebrating the rhythms, diversity and surprises of life.  Readers will be inspired by the food and just may be inspired to flee their jobs and find an idyllic green haven for themselves.  Suvir Saran writes enchantingly about friends around the table, goose-raiding ravens, food and community, the richness of goat milk, and his inclusive concept of family.  A brilliant masala!

Frances Mayes - Author, Under the Tuscan Sun and Every Day in Tuscany

How rare it is to have the ability to synchronize your life on a farm with life in a restaurant! With just-picked ingredients tied to each of upstate New York's four seasons, Suvir and Charlie's recipes come to life, and guide the reader to explore gastronomy from a horticultural perspective.

Alice Waters - Owner, Chez Panisse Restaurant
"Suvir and Charlie have created a home in the countryside made of magic, an impeccable sense of fashion and an art collection from their travels to every corner of the world. Masala Farm is the perfect blend of The Selby and Green Acres, where their chickens roost in style and produce the most sublime eggs I've ever eaten. The experience of creating food together, with ingredients from the farm and local community had an intensity of flavor and sense of love I never thought could be recreated outside of that kitchen. But, the recipes from the Masala Farm cookbook bring all those flavors and the feeling of their bucolic farmhouse to my kitchen in the city."

Zoe Francois - Author, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day
"Suvir and Charlie's Masala Farm represents everything I love about the food world. Globally inspired but growing where it is planted..... for them  that means the deeply verdant hills of Upstate New York. Suvir and Charlie aren't out to save the world or obnoxiously climb on a soapbox and get too preachy. This is real food for real people, spun through the fabric of the lives of two men from opposite corners of the world who made their dream their home."

Andrew Zimmern - Author, host and creator of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
"Flip through the pages of Suvir Saran's "Masala Farm", and an idyllic pastoral landscape complete with brown-spotted Buttercup hens and vines heavy with heirloom tomatoes and the flavors of summer beckon. Suvir spins a lovely yarn, sharing how two souls growing up literally across the world from each other, came together to create a new world-take on country life and living. From stories about their "girls" (their endangered Leicester Longwool sheep and heritage hens), to the secret to his famous fried chicken, this is a book that will whisk you out of the city, and into the country, as Suvir puts it, "masala style". "

Aarti Sequeira - TV personality and author of aartipaarti.com
"I LOVE this book! This food speaks to my hunger for approachable rustic cuisine and balances it with smart, modern twists and crisp honest photos.The recipes run the range of daily dishes and Sunday dinners to special occasion dining and they have me salivating and wanting to try them all."

Scott Conant - TV Personality, chef and author
"How fortunate we are to have another helping of Chef Suvir Saran's spice-laden world. This time, we get an intimate look into a life well-lived, including the home he and Charlie have created in upstate New York. It's a distinct slice of paradise and a place where one goes to restore the spirit and feed the soul.  The meals at American Masala Farm are simple yet remarkable. I recall morning feasts of pastry and fresh yard eggs, their yolks deep as persimmon, lunches of kitchen garden vegetables, the heat of fried peppers, and mostly, the sweetness of being at the table. Masala Farm is book to share and cook from every day."

-Kim Sunée, author of Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home

About the Author:

Suvir Saran is a New Delhi–born cookbook author, cooking instructor, Indian food authority, and the executive chef/owner of Dévi in New York. He divides his time between Manhattan and upstate New York.

Ben Fink is an award-winning New York based photographer.

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