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Tieghan Gerard grew up in the Colorado mountains as one of seven children. When her dad took too long to get dinner on the table every night, she started doing the cooking--at age 14. Ever-determined to reign in the chaos of her big family, Tieghan found her place in the kitchen. She had a knack for creating unique dishes, which led her to launch her blog, Half Baked Harve Tieghan Gerard grew up in the Colorado mountains as one of seven children. When her dad took too long to get dinner on the table every night, she started doing the cooking--at age 14. Ever-determined to reign in the chaos of her big family, Tieghan found her place in the kitchen. She had a knack for creating unique dishes, which led her to launch her blog, Half Baked Harvest. Since then, millions of people have fallen in love with her fresh take on comfort food, stunning photography, and charming life in the mountains. While it might be a trek to get to Tieghan's barn-turned-test kitchen, her creativity shines here: dress up that cheese board with a real honey comb; decorate a standard salad with spicy, crispy sweet potato fries; serve stir fry over forbidden black rice; give French Onion Soup an Irish kick with Guinness and soda bread; bake a secret ingredient into your apple pie (hint: it's molasses). And a striking photograph accompanies every recipe, making Half Baked Harvest Cookbook a feast your eyes, too. Whether you need to get dinner on the table for your family tonight or are planning your next get-together with friends, Half Baked Harvest Cookbook has your new favorite recipe.


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Tieghan Gerard grew up in the Colorado mountains as one of seven children. When her dad took too long to get dinner on the table every night, she started doing the cooking--at age 14. Ever-determined to reign in the chaos of her big family, Tieghan found her place in the kitchen. She had a knack for creating unique dishes, which led her to launch her blog, Half Baked Harve Tieghan Gerard grew up in the Colorado mountains as one of seven children. When her dad took too long to get dinner on the table every night, she started doing the cooking--at age 14. Ever-determined to reign in the chaos of her big family, Tieghan found her place in the kitchen. She had a knack for creating unique dishes, which led her to launch her blog, Half Baked Harvest. Since then, millions of people have fallen in love with her fresh take on comfort food, stunning photography, and charming life in the mountains. While it might be a trek to get to Tieghan's barn-turned-test kitchen, her creativity shines here: dress up that cheese board with a real honey comb; decorate a standard salad with spicy, crispy sweet potato fries; serve stir fry over forbidden black rice; give French Onion Soup an Irish kick with Guinness and soda bread; bake a secret ingredient into your apple pie (hint: it's molasses). And a striking photograph accompanies every recipe, making Half Baked Harvest Cookbook a feast your eyes, too. Whether you need to get dinner on the table for your family tonight or are planning your next get-together with friends, Half Baked Harvest Cookbook has your new favorite recipe.

30 review for Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains

  1. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I'm surprised by how many people are giving this a 5-star rating based solely on the photos and without having actually tried any of the recipes. The purpose of a cookbook is to make the recipes, so this rating system makes no sense to me. I tried 6 of the 8 ways to make fancy toast, the overnight oatmeal, the broccoli fettuccine alfredo, and the blueberry muffins. All of them were letdowns. They were either straight-up disgusting (I'm looking at you, toast) or bland bland bland. This is exactly I'm surprised by how many people are giving this a 5-star rating based solely on the photos and without having actually tried any of the recipes. The purpose of a cookbook is to make the recipes, so this rating system makes no sense to me. I tried 6 of the 8 ways to make fancy toast, the overnight oatmeal, the broccoli fettuccine alfredo, and the blueberry muffins. All of them were letdowns. They were either straight-up disgusting (I'm looking at you, toast) or bland bland bland. This is exactly why I don't buy cookbooks unless I've tried the recipes before and seen the reviews. Sending this one back to the library. It does get some points, however, for how easy it is to follow and how relatively simple the recipes are. For someone like me, who is no master chef, that's a quality I greatly appreciate. And, as others have mentioned, the photos are beautiful, as is the layout.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Scottsdale Public Library

    I first discovered Tieghan Gerard’s blog on Pinterest. I was captivated by her photography (her test kitchen is a gorgeous renovated horse barn complete with loft apartment and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains) and her delicious recipes. I’ve tried many recipes from the blog and some, like chicken souvlaki, are on the menu a few times a month. Naturally I was thrilled to devour her new cookbook, Half Baked Harvest, and it did not disappoint! Every recipe has a lush full color photograph acc I first discovered Tieghan Gerard’s blog on Pinterest. I was captivated by her photography (her test kitchen is a gorgeous renovated horse barn complete with loft apartment and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains) and her delicious recipes. I’ve tried many recipes from the blog and some, like chicken souvlaki, are on the menu a few times a month. Naturally I was thrilled to devour her new cookbook, Half Baked Harvest, and it did not disappoint! Every recipe has a lush full color photograph accompanying it, some featuring her adorable little sister and taste tester Asher. I’ve made several recipes from the book, varying from simple to complicated and all have been well received by friends and family. The salami and provolone phyllo rolls with honey and pistachios are highly recommended! ~Kassie G.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon

    OBSESSED! I've always loved Tieghan's blog, so I pre-ordered her cookbook the minute I found out she was publishing one. The photos are absolutely delicious, and her personal anecdotes are the perfect touch. Overall, it's a fun grouping of unique recipes but with a warm, familial feel. It was exactly what I had hoped for and I cannot wait to try out some of the recipes! OBSESSED! I've always loved Tieghan's blog, so I pre-ordered her cookbook the minute I found out she was publishing one. The photos are absolutely delicious, and her personal anecdotes are the perfect touch. Overall, it's a fun grouping of unique recipes but with a warm, familial feel. It was exactly what I had hoped for and I cannot wait to try out some of the recipes!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Teawench

    This cookbook is not for me but that's personal preference. There was only one recipe, out of the whole book, that interested me. This cookbook is not for me but that's personal preference. There was only one recipe, out of the whole book, that interested me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Very tasty recipes. A lot of the suggested ingredients are unusual and a little hard to find. Also there are a lot of ingredients listed for every dish. This makes the recipes rather expensive but the ones I tried were pretty good. Recommended.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This is probably the most gorgeous cookbook I’ve ever seen, and the recipes are both delicious and unique. I adore this book!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    More like a 3.5, bit it's a really pretty book so I'll round up! More like a 3.5, bit it's a really pretty book so I'll round up!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sjancourtz

    I'm sure the author is a nice person, but this cookbook isn't worth the money. I admit the photography is lovely and makes things look better than they are. BUT--the tasty recipes (like Garlic/Herb Mascarpone Roasted Chicken) are not original, and the original recipes (like canned tuna with guacamole in lettuce cups) are weird and not as good as the classics. And seriously, a recipe for cinnamon toast that goes "toast the bread, spread with butter, and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar"??? Puh-le I'm sure the author is a nice person, but this cookbook isn't worth the money. I admit the photography is lovely and makes things look better than they are. BUT--the tasty recipes (like Garlic/Herb Mascarpone Roasted Chicken) are not original, and the original recipes (like canned tuna with guacamole in lettuce cups) are weird and not as good as the classics. And seriously, a recipe for cinnamon toast that goes "toast the bread, spread with butter, and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar"??? Puh-leeze. A couple of her grandma's recipes (like beer bread with honey) look like they might be OK, but the rest--meh. At $30, the book just isn't worth the price. Take it out from your local library, cook just a couple of recipes, and if they come out well, then buy it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cara Orban

    I made a few recipes and realized that this book feels like Glamour Shots for Moosewood type recipes. And I don’t mean to disparage the author - her writing is lively and charming, and the photographs are obviously enticing- but the ingredients and dishes themselves will seem familiar to a certain audience.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    I love the HBH blog, and have a few favorite recipes from this book (the roasted broccoli hummus fettuccini seems like it’d be weird, but is fantastic). Tieghan’s recipes are interesting and flavorful, and her photography is gorgeous. This is actually a 3.5 ⭐️ book. A few frustrations with these recipes: LOTS of ingredients (and expensive ones at that), number of servings seem to be off (her recipes make much more than the listed 4-6 servings), and the sheer amount of time even the simpler recip I love the HBH blog, and have a few favorite recipes from this book (the roasted broccoli hummus fettuccini seems like it’d be weird, but is fantastic). Tieghan’s recipes are interesting and flavorful, and her photography is gorgeous. This is actually a 3.5 ⭐️ book. A few frustrations with these recipes: LOTS of ingredients (and expensive ones at that), number of servings seem to be off (her recipes make much more than the listed 4-6 servings), and the sheer amount of time even the simpler recipes take to make. This is great for weekend cooking, but not for day to day.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I’ve become a recent fan of Half Baked Harvest after finding her and her mouthwatering pictures on Instagram. I have tried a couple of recipes from her blog and they were both hits. I bookmarked a ton of recipes from this book that I can’t wait to try. They look interesting and delicious while also being accessible.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lia Festenstein

    Beautiful photography. Found that some recipes didn't work as written and needed to be adjusted. Was surprised that some recipes involved store bought items like Paul Newman's Marinara sauce. That said, it was a beautiful book written by a non-chef that encourages other folks to get into the kitchen and have fun, eat at home, and experiment in the kitchen. I can get behind all of that! Beautiful photography. Found that some recipes didn't work as written and needed to be adjusted. Was surprised that some recipes involved store bought items like Paul Newman's Marinara sauce. That said, it was a beautiful book written by a non-chef that encourages other folks to get into the kitchen and have fun, eat at home, and experiment in the kitchen. I can get behind all of that!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    I love her blog and love the cookbook as well. I’ve made 4 recipes from it so far and all of them have been hits. Some of the ingredients she uses frequently are expensive or hard to find but they are also ones that are easy to replace or omit.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    A cookbook I'd actually be excited to own. It's pretty. (And the food looks yum and some recipes I tried were really yum.) Read last year (2017) sometime. A cookbook I'd actually be excited to own. It's pretty. (And the food looks yum and some recipes I tried were really yum.) Read last year (2017) sometime.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Suzie

    The absolute most beautifully photographed cookbook I’ve ever read. Just gorgeous and the recipes are simple, clean, mostly healthy and delicious!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Eckardt

    Accessible recipes that read absolutely delicious, but a number of them are more effort than I'm willing to make. Accessible recipes that read absolutely delicious, but a number of them are more effort than I'm willing to make.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Debby

    I love this cookbook! Thank you, Tieghan. Making one of your recipes now.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    This review is simply based on ease of reading, stunning photography, what seems like good recipes. I'll have to purchase my own copy and see what I think! This review is simply based on ease of reading, stunning photography, what seems like good recipes. I'll have to purchase my own copy and see what I think!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Fagan

    LOVE LOVE LOVE...this is one of my new all time favorites. We used this for cookbook book club and everything was delicious.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Grider

    Everything in this book looks and sounds amazing. I've only had the opportunity to make a couple of the recipes, but everything was easy to follow and make my own tweaks. I love that she discusses how to use seasonal items, and frequently suggests substitutions including how to make something vegetarian or vegan. I recommend you check out the author's blog if you want to get a "taste" of the types of recipes in this book. Everything in this book looks and sounds amazing. I've only had the opportunity to make a couple of the recipes, but everything was easy to follow and make my own tweaks. I love that she discusses how to use seasonal items, and frequently suggests substitutions including how to make something vegetarian or vegan. I recommend you check out the author's blog if you want to get a "taste" of the types of recipes in this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    The photography is great. The concepts are great. But many of the recipes..... are not. I am an avid home cook, and I love working my way through recipe books. More than once the pasta dishes were dry, I thought it would happen when I made the fake alfredo from hummus. Some are incorrectly seasoned, some have waaaaaaay too much going on: the lobster BLT, on sourdough, with cheese (?!?) mayo, chili, avocado and just WHOA. Two thumbs down from everyone. I like books I can trust to make for company The photography is great. The concepts are great. But many of the recipes..... are not. I am an avid home cook, and I love working my way through recipe books. More than once the pasta dishes were dry, I thought it would happen when I made the fake alfredo from hummus. Some are incorrectly seasoned, some have waaaaaaay too much going on: the lobster BLT, on sourdough, with cheese (?!?) mayo, chili, avocado and just WHOA. Two thumbs down from everyone. I like books I can trust to make for company and this one I definitely cannot.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    This is another one of those cookbooks that is real pretty, but like...the photography looks way better than any of the recipes actually sound to me (other than the Lemony Fried Brussels Sprouts--yum!). Partly a lot of them feel a little too fussy--too many ingredients, no indication of how long any of the recipes should take to make, steps that contain like 8 different steps within them--it's unappealing to me. I mean, I'd eat most of the non-meat things if someone cooked them for me, but very, This is another one of those cookbooks that is real pretty, but like...the photography looks way better than any of the recipes actually sound to me (other than the Lemony Fried Brussels Sprouts--yum!). Partly a lot of them feel a little too fussy--too many ingredients, no indication of how long any of the recipes should take to make, steps that contain like 8 different steps within them--it's unappealing to me. I mean, I'd eat most of the non-meat things if someone cooked them for me, but very, very few of them inspired me to ever want to cook them myself. But like I said, it's pretty!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    Found this blogger through Saveur food blog awards a few years back. Our family has loved many of her recipes. I was excited to get this cookbook and we have made many of the recipes. My husband likes to make the beer can chicken. Some of my favorites are the Korean bibimbap and the Thai butternut squash and peanut soup. I made the addictive salted caramel stuffed chocolate cookies and they were a hit at home and work.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I've been stalking this on used book sites for a couple years and have never seen it less than $20 (super awesome for Tieghan Gerard!), but I finally found it new for $16 and scooped it up. It's gorgeous and lovely. Tieghan is creative with her recipes, yet they aren't overcomplicated or full of ingredients I can't use in other dishes. I've been stalking this on used book sites for a couple years and have never seen it less than $20 (super awesome for Tieghan Gerard!), but I finally found it new for $16 and scooped it up. It's gorgeous and lovely. Tieghan is creative with her recipes, yet they aren't overcomplicated or full of ingredients I can't use in other dishes.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    I am rating this a five for the years of enjoyment from her blog recipes and photos, congratulations to her for her new cookbook, it looks delicious and I can't wait to get in the kitchen and make some of my own magic. I am rating this a five for the years of enjoyment from her blog recipes and photos, congratulations to her for her new cookbook, it looks delicious and I can't wait to get in the kitchen and make some of my own magic.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Phaedra

    Half Baked Harvest is such a fun blog and the book is very representative of Tieghan Gerard's style. So many fun recipes. The photos & styling are beautifully done. I marked a ton of pages Half Baked Harvest is such a fun blog and the book is very representative of Tieghan Gerard's style. So many fun recipes. The photos & styling are beautifully done. I marked a ton of pages

  27. 5 out of 5

    Janet Martin

    Yes!!! Ordinary things I can buy in my local supermarket with new creative ways of combining flavors. Wonderful recipes well written and easy to follow

  28. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    Gorgeous cookbook and recipes that seemed like I could do them! This was a library book but I’m going to need to buy it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aditi

    Tieghan is a great photographer and really knows how to make every single recipe look delicious. Even the recipes that have strange ingredients or combinations sound great the way she describes them. But when it comes to taste, her recipes are very white. I don't mean any offense, but I'm used to a decent amount of flavor and seasoning in every meal. And this is not it. Most of her recipes are very bland, heavy on dairy and bacon, unhealthy, and use ingredients that are expensive or difficult to Tieghan is a great photographer and really knows how to make every single recipe look delicious. Even the recipes that have strange ingredients or combinations sound great the way she describes them. But when it comes to taste, her recipes are very white. I don't mean any offense, but I'm used to a decent amount of flavor and seasoning in every meal. And this is not it. Most of her recipes are very bland, heavy on dairy and bacon, unhealthy, and use ingredients that are expensive or difficult to find. If I want to cook her recipes on a regular, I need a special grocery trip just for the fancy ingredients. I appreciate the unique, out-of-the-box twists that she adds to traditional recipes, but that just takes away the taste and flavor. I also don't like how some "Middle Eastern inspired" dishes are just grouped under "Indian" - if she wants to cook our food, the least she can do is write a line or two about the original, traditional recipe/technique for the sake of credit and cultural appreciation. But maybe it was my own fault for having any expectations from someone like her. Overall, these recipes are suited for those who like bland, unseasoned food and want to try whitewashed "eastern" dishes. But this book is still a waste of money. Most of these recipes can be found free of cost on her website and/or Instagram page. I did not give it any stars because it's a 0/5 for me. It's the exact same case with her next book "Super Simple."

  30. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Hawksley

    I've always devoured new posts on the Half Baked Harvest blog. The photography is stunning; the recipes are innovative but approachable and comforting; and Tieghan Gerard seems to have an eye for colorful food, something I'm drawn to. But I've long felt, and this cookbook really cements it for me, that her blog title accurately sums up her recipes: They have so much potential, but so many of them seem "half-baked." I'm in awe that she chose and then stuck to this brand. Half Baked Harvest, withou I've always devoured new posts on the Half Baked Harvest blog. The photography is stunning; the recipes are innovative but approachable and comforting; and Tieghan Gerard seems to have an eye for colorful food, something I'm drawn to. But I've long felt, and this cookbook really cements it for me, that her blog title accurately sums up her recipes: They have so much potential, but so many of them seem "half-baked." I'm in awe that she chose and then stuck to this brand. Half Baked Harvest, without further explanation, is an unfortunate title. I tried a few recipes from this cookbook, and my brief impressions were: No, thank you: PB & J grilled cheese (I disagree with Gerard that this combo works. Maybe that's a personal preference.) Meh: Pumpkin and oregano-butter gnocchi (This was the first time I made gnocchi, and I was surprised by how fun and relatively easy it was. But. Holy heart attack!) Favorites: Crispy Buffalo quinoa bites (I loved packing these in lunches!) I want to love her stuff, but in the recent swell of food bloggers and their brand new cookbooks, Gerard's doesn't rise to the top for me.

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