‘Much more than a cookbook’ (Editorial)

(June 30, 2015) Gregg and Stephanie Knutsen are raising three kids and milking a herd of 60 Holsteins and Jerseys on GBS Dairy Farm in Harrington, Del.
Now they are one of about a half dozen farm families from across the country featured in a new (and beautiful) cookbook from the U.S. dairy checkoff board.
The book, celebrating the dairy industry, crossed our desk the other day and it’s worth sharing.
It’s a cookbook, 256 pages, in which America’s dairy farmers share their recipes and their stories.
It’s entitled “The Dairy Good Cookbook: Everyday Comfort Food from America’s Dairy Farm Families”.and was produced by Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff.
It showcases modern dairy farming through stories and marvelous photography of farmers and the recipes their families have enjoyed — in many cases, for generations — on the farm.
“This is much more than a cookbook — it’s a storybook that tells the tale of the American dairy farmer,” said Paul Rovey, Arizona dairy farmer and chairman of DMI.
More than 100 recipes are categorized by a typical farm day — from sunrise to sundown.
There also are dishes for special occasions and family gatherings.
Each recipe showcases the versatility of cooking with milk, cheese, yogurt, butter and other dairy favorites.
A number of dairy farmers from the Mid-Atlantic region are featured in the cookbook, from recipes to family and farm photos.
Carla Hall, a culinary expert and co-host of daytime talk show “The Chew,” wrote the foreword.
“I grew up with dairy being a fabric of my childhood and later my professional career, so I know comfort food,” she said. “And, who better to share a number of comfort food recipes that feature dairy than the people who know it best, America’s dairy farmers.”
The book was released on June 2 and is available wherever books and e-books are sold for $25.
It also can be ordered through the Dairy Good website and its Facebook page (click on the “shop now” tab).
By the way, Stephanie’s recipe for Hot Cheesy Potatoes is on Page 170.
They look scrumptious.