Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables
Seasonal Recipes and Stories from A Community Supported Farm

Farmer John’s Cookbook, the fascinating companion book to the 30-time award-winning documentary film The Real Dirt on Farmer John.

“Filled with amusing anecdotes and insights into the human condition, this is not your average cookbook but it does have recipes…”
~ Bennett Gordon, Utne Reader ~


Sure, it's a Cookbook.
It definitely has a
Tasty, Recipe-filled,
Practical Side


Farmer John’s Cookbook is teeming with ways to use basil, cabbage, rutabaga, tomatoes, or whatever is plentiful, with 225 savory recipes grouped by season and by vegetable.

From Pumpkin Sage Soup and Cajun Corn and Kale Salad to Chocolate Beet Cake…the recipes here have been created and tested by people who are in love with vegetables—the cooks in the Angelic Organics farm kitchen and the thousands of lucky customers who enjoy a boxful of beautiful vegetables and herbs every week of the Angelic Organics growing season.

This cookbook is packed with:

  • cooking tips
  • serving suggestions
  • evocative descriptions of each dish
  • info on long-term vegetable and herb storage and preservation methods

Lyrical yet practical, Farmer John’s Cookbook celebrates the seasonal cycles of more than 35 vegetables, and will inspire delicious, healthful food for your table.

it’s More than a Cookbook.
It’s even more than a FOODbook.

It’s a Journey from Field to Feast!

"There is much more than recipes in the cookbook’s 360 pages…"
~ Mother Earth News ~


With wit and reverence born of Farmer John’s lifetime of farming, this cookbook:

  • Features color photographs of the vegetables growing in the fields, and of the crew harvesting, washing, and sorting
  • Builds relationship with vegetables, and deepens the understanding of the farm on which they are grown
  • Features stories, articles, and fresh insights about food and farming from shareholders, farm workers, and Farmer John
  • Presents unusual revelations on food by nutrition experts
  • Explores Rudolf Steiner’s biodynamic method of agriculture
  • Chronicles the lives of vegetables as they make their voyage from field to feast

Here’s what others are saying about our book!

  This is a delicious book, equal parts food for the mind and belly. Relish it. 

~ Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma ~

  It's Whole Earth Catalog-style authenticity for the 21st century...  
~ Newsweek ~

  This is such a good book, every market farmer should have one.  
~ Lynn Byczynski, Growing for Market ~
For full Growing for Market review

  Our compliments on the most entertaining cookbook ever!!  
~ Marsha Gravesen, Biodynamic Association ~

More cookbook raves


Farmer John’s Cookbook
is delicious bedside reading!

From growing to eating, encounter
the mysteries of food—
of life.

~~ Farmer John’s Cookbook is dedicated to the farmers who work with the earth lovingly, and to those who support the earth and its farmers through their choices. ~~


It brings the drama of vegetable farming right into your kitchen...


Angelic Organics is a leader in Community Supported Agriculture and Biodynamics, helping to connect people with their food, their farmers, and healthful living.


It’s the book that takes folks out of the supermarket and onto the farm.


Paperback: 360 pages
225 recipes
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers; 1st edition (May 30, 2006)
Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.5 x 1.1 inches
ISBN: 1423600142
Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds




Lifelong farmer John Peterson runs Angelic Organics, one of the largest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in the United States. More than 1,300 families in the Chicago area receive a weekly delivery of vegetables and herbs from Angelic Organics. John is the subject of Taggart Siegel’s award-winning feature documentary film, The Real Dirt on Farmer John, which has been seen in theaters and on television throughout the world.

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