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Beautiful Corn is a great read! In this lyrical love letter to an ancient, fascinating food, Anthony Boutard offers us a rich harvest of history, a primer on growing the best varieties, the close observations of a brilliant, insatiably curious farmer, and some tasty recipes to boot.
—Lorna Sass, author of the James Beard Award winning Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way
Part love song to an ancient grain, part elevated instruction on how to grow, cook and consume it, part history and animated story, Beautiful Corn opens our eyes to a food plant that humans have both cultivated and been cultivated by. Anthony Boutard’s book is as nourishing as the corn he so wonderfully describes.
—Michael Ableman, farmer, author of From The Good Earth, On Good Land, and Fields Of Plenty
Anthony Boutard tells a story of corn we haven't heard—not as fuel, or livestock feed, or food product—but as whole food, with the flavor and diversity that comes with thoughtful farming. Part history, part how-to manual (Boutard grows, grinds and cooks corn in all its variations), Beautiful Corn returns the culture, and the cuisine, to our most abundant and mistreated crop. —Dan Barber, Chef / Co-Owner, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Never has there been such a book that covers corn so completely and in such an ecologically sound way. From the historical origins and uses by the early domesticators to the modern methods of mass production agriculture this book shows the reader the proper way to grow, harvest and use corn in an environmentally friendly way. Anthony shows us how the entire process can be ecologically friendly and help contribute to a happier healthier world for all. —Glenn and Linda Drowns, Sand Hill Preservation Center
Corn is a great gift to the world from the Americas. This essential grain, once enormous in variety, can be magical, dangerous, delicious, and life-giving. Anthony Boutard’s elegant clean prose guides us through its story from history to science to politics to recipe to cultivation. Beautiful Corn is a beautiful book.—Brian Brett, author of Trauma Farm
Anthony Boutard did a wonderful job, he was able to tell the “real” history of corn, including all the different species and uses of this precious crop. This is definitely the book that was missing in my personal collection about the typical products.—Aurelio Barattini, Food Of Tuscan Farmers blog, chef, teacher and restauranteur