The Kitchen: The Farmer John Cookbook

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Farmer John Peterson is not your regular pitch-fork guy. He’s a third-generation Illinois farmer who, after suffering through the 1980’s farm crisis (remember FarmAid), resurrected his land into Angelic Organics, one of the country’s most successful organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms, delivering fresh fruit and vegetables to about Illinois 1,200 families.

He also likes to wear spandex and feather boas while he rides his tractor, part of his mission to marry (performance) art and agriculture. His new endeavor, “Farmer John Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables,” is a companion piece to the award-winning documentary The Real Dirt on Farmer John which will open this years Terra Madre Slow Food Gathering in Turin, Italy.

The cook book is filled with all kinds of wonderful vegetable porn ­ hand-rendered illustrations, fabulous recipes, storage tips and lots of information about biodynamics, a holistic approach to farming based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner.

Put it this way: it’s beyond organic and Peterson loves it. He’s also become something of a foodie rock star, with fans like Alice Waters, Charles Trotter, and Ruth Reichl. Al Gore is his NBF (the former VP introduced the film at its San Francisco premiere) and rumor has it, Jay Leno is calling.

– Stacie Stukin