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Situated at the end of the pier, Malibu Farm is a restaurant beloved for its spectacular Pacific Ocean views, the freshly sourced ingredients on its ever-changing menu, and its warm vibe. Chef-owner Helene Henderson opened the space after the once-intimate dinners she hosted on the grounds of her home grew too large. Now, in Malibu Farm Cookbook, she invites you celebrate Situated at the end of the pier, Malibu Farm is a restaurant beloved for its spectacular Pacific Ocean views, the freshly sourced ingredients on its ever-changing menu, and its warm vibe. Chef-owner Helene Henderson opened the space after the once-intimate dinners she hosted on the grounds of her home grew too large. Now, in Malibu Farm Cookbook, she invites you celebrate the coast and mountains of Southern California with dishes like Ricotta and Pea Frittata, Butterfly Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish, Seared Fava Beans, and Grilled Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce. Helene captures the spirit of her own farm with recipes using the morning’s fresh eggs, the catch of the day, the luscious vegetables that grow all around, honey harvested steps from where it’s enjoyed, and olive oil straight from her grove.  Punctuated with luscious, vibrant photography, Malibu Farm Cookbook is a stunning sensory experience that transports you right to the edge of the Pacific.


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Situated at the end of the pier, Malibu Farm is a restaurant beloved for its spectacular Pacific Ocean views, the freshly sourced ingredients on its ever-changing menu, and its warm vibe. Chef-owner Helene Henderson opened the space after the once-intimate dinners she hosted on the grounds of her home grew too large. Now, in Malibu Farm Cookbook, she invites you celebrate Situated at the end of the pier, Malibu Farm is a restaurant beloved for its spectacular Pacific Ocean views, the freshly sourced ingredients on its ever-changing menu, and its warm vibe. Chef-owner Helene Henderson opened the space after the once-intimate dinners she hosted on the grounds of her home grew too large. Now, in Malibu Farm Cookbook, she invites you celebrate the coast and mountains of Southern California with dishes like Ricotta and Pea Frittata, Butterfly Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish, Seared Fava Beans, and Grilled Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce. Helene captures the spirit of her own farm with recipes using the morning’s fresh eggs, the catch of the day, the luscious vegetables that grow all around, honey harvested steps from where it’s enjoyed, and olive oil straight from her grove.  Punctuated with luscious, vibrant photography, Malibu Farm Cookbook is a stunning sensory experience that transports you right to the edge of the Pacific.

30 review for Malibu Farm Cookbook: Recipes from the California Coast

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Hands-down the most BEAUTIFUL cookbook ever. The photography is amazing and the accompanying stories are wonderful. And the recipes!! If you want to eat like a Malibu local, this is the way to do it. Fresh, creative, and delicious.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)

    Excellent cookbook with tons of healthy and eclectic recipes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tonstant Weader

    Reading Malibu Farm Cookbook by Helene Henderson, I had to pinch myself. This is a cookbook made especially for me. Well, not everything, but the kinds of recipes, the flavors and the style of cooking is exactly what I like. I have a cooking blog, though one with pedestrian photos at best, and many of my recipes are in the same vein, some veggies, she spice or herb, some fruit and a bit of acid, lemon or vinegar. I am in love. Henderson host monthly dinners at her Malibu Farm and folks amble arou Reading Malibu Farm Cookbook by Helene Henderson, I had to pinch myself. This is a cookbook made especially for me. Well, not everything, but the kinds of recipes, the flavors and the style of cooking is exactly what I like. I have a cooking blog, though one with pedestrian photos at best, and many of my recipes are in the same vein, some veggies, she spice or herb, some fruit and a bit of acid, lemon or vinegar. I am in love. Henderson host monthly dinners at her Malibu Farm and folks amble around the grounds with certain items served at the chicken coop, the little vineyard, the vegetable plots, the goat’s dog house and so on. Rather than the usual organization by course, Henderson organized her recipes around the different areas of her farm. There is a lot of emphasis on vegetables and healthy eating, but Henderson is no vegetarian. There’s grass-fed beef recipes, fish recipes, and chicken and turkey recipes as well. The photos by Martin Löf are wonderful. They were taken of meals and dishes that were cooked for real private chef clients and meals, not made to order for the cookbook. This gives them a naturalistic, authenticity that is welcoming and encouraging. Perfect looking recipes scare me. I know I cannot make them look that good. I love these. I can make them and mine will look just as good, even though my photos will never be as nice. There is one thing I do not like about the cookbook, and it’s just stylistic. The design uses a monospace typewriter font that has a built in distressed, degraded look, mimicking the effect of striking keys with different degrees of pressure. I get it. It’s different and a bit nostalgic, but it is harder to read. Thankfully, the recipes are in a nice kerned font that takes pity on my poor eyes. This is a generous cookbook. It even comes with a bright green ribbon marker to save your place in the book. It has more recipes than most. Most of the items she uses are ordinary ingredients, carrots, green beans, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and so on. There’s nothing that requires a trip to a specialty store or online shopping. This is familiar foods cooked with verve and élan. So how do the recipes work? The Kale Caesar is delicious, fresh and garlicky and who would have ever thought of crisping up some sage to dress it up? Delicious. Baby potatoes and green beans? Nearly perfect. I added a second clove of garlic, but that’s just a personal preference. And that is another reason this cookbook is perfect for me. Henderson encourages improvisation and experimentation. When introducing a recipe, she often mentions some riffs on the recipe that might give it a different twist. Henderson’s father and her son are jazz musicians. She is a jazz cook, creating a foundation melody that allows her fellow band mates (cooks) the space to experiment and improvise and find their own riffs. I was provided a review copy of Malibu Farm Cookbook by Blogging For Books. https://tonstantweaderreviews.wordpre...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris Markley

    This is my favorite type of cookbook, a pleasure to read, look at, and to cook from. The chapters start with a pleasing snippet of farm life and insight into the recipes to come. The large photographs take you to the farm and make you want to take a bite of the recipes. Simple recipes with fresh ingredients for a week day meal that are fancy enough to serve to company. The recipes, while some contain different ingredients, are not so outlandish as to scare away picky eaters or home cooks. Instea This is my favorite type of cookbook, a pleasure to read, look at, and to cook from. The chapters start with a pleasing snippet of farm life and insight into the recipes to come. The large photographs take you to the farm and make you want to take a bite of the recipes. Simple recipes with fresh ingredients for a week day meal that are fancy enough to serve to company. The recipes, while some contain different ingredients, are not so outlandish as to scare away picky eaters or home cooks. Instead the recipes will inspire them to try something new.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kym

    This cookbook is all about coastal California fresh. The recipes come right off the farm. The photographer came from Sweden! I appreciate that the food was not overly styled. Rather, it was photographed on its way to be eaten. There are a lot of fresh takes on American favorites. A fun book that will be useful especially in summer when the fruits and veggies are at their prime.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Snow

    The photos are very beautiful and the recipes are pretty easy too. I liked reading her stories behind the recipes. If you have a chance, I highly recommend going the cafe. It's so pretty and you would enjoy a lot ! The photos are very beautiful and the recipes are pretty easy too. I liked reading her stories behind the recipes. If you have a chance, I highly recommend going the cafe. It's so pretty and you would enjoy a lot !

  7. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    MY REVIEW: Take a delicious and delightfully diverse culinary tour of the California Coast through the “Malibu Farm Cookbook”. Named after the popular restaurant owned and operated by author Helene Henderson, this cookbook is also a memoir and celebration of the author’s lifestyle and food philosophy. The restaurant, perched on the very end of a pier, came about through a culmination of catering, teaching cooking classes, cooking for the wealthy, blogging, fund-raising, and farming. Ms. Henderso MY REVIEW: Take a delicious and delightfully diverse culinary tour of the California Coast through the “Malibu Farm Cookbook”. Named after the popular restaurant owned and operated by author Helene Henderson, this cookbook is also a memoir and celebration of the author’s lifestyle and food philosophy. The restaurant, perched on the very end of a pier, came about through a culmination of catering, teaching cooking classes, cooking for the wealthy, blogging, fund-raising, and farming. Ms. Henderson blends her Swedish heritage, her natural instincts for food and cooking, and the unique culture and environment of Malibu into an inviting and enticing feast for foodies. Organic, locally grown and harvested ingredients are part of the “eat the real thing, or don’t eat it at all” motto which pervades the pages of this big, colorful cookbook. The photography, by Martin Lof, is deep-toned and earthy, bringing you closer to the small, unimaginably rich town of Malibu. Here are some of the sumptuous recipes you’ll find: “Frittata with Ricotta and Peas”; “Swedish Mini-Pancakes with Cream and Berries”; “Baby Potatoes + Green Beans”; “Orzo with Peppers, Tomatoes, and Olives”; “Honey Lemon Saffron Chicken”; “Twice-Baked Yogurt Potatoes”; “Grilled Butterfly Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish”; “Parsnip-Potato Latkes”; “Salmon + Grainy Mustard Dressing”; “Grilled Smashed Potatoes + Roasted Garlic and Parmesan; “Salted Caramel Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches”; and “Grilled Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce”. Helene Henderson was born in Sweden; and that is where she learned to cook. She followed her dreams to America, and in 1997, she started Lavender Farms Catering in LA, specializing in organic food. Malibu Farm began in her backyard by teaching cooking and catering farm dinners. Now, she is the chef-owner of Malibu Farm Pier Cafe and Restaurant, which use her own produce and that of other local farmers. She lives there with her husband, screenwriter and director John Stockwell, and their three children. Review Copy Gratis Clarkson Potter Publishers via Blogging for Books

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mazzou B

    This is a large, beautiful cookbook from a farm on the sunny coast of California. All 304 pages are filled with tempting recipes and beautiful photographs. As I looked through this cookbook, I found myself not only fascinated by the recipes and menu options but also drawn into the life and passions of the author and creator of the delicious recipes. The photographs are interesting and include not only views of the meals one can create using this book but also candids and portraits of the author This is a large, beautiful cookbook from a farm on the sunny coast of California. All 304 pages are filled with tempting recipes and beautiful photographs. As I looked through this cookbook, I found myself not only fascinated by the recipes and menu options but also drawn into the life and passions of the author and creator of the delicious recipes. The photographs are interesting and include not only views of the meals one can create using this book but also candids and portraits of the author and her farm. This entire cookbook really presents the feel of the surrounding area near the California coast where Malibu farm is located. I highly recommend this new book for anyone who loves California or the sunny splendor of the coast. The recipes are for the most part extremely healthy as well as seeming quite delicious! I can't wait to add this book to my collection of favourite cookbooks! Parsnip and potato Latkes, Ricotta and pea frittata, butterfly beef tenderloin, grilled (yes! you read that right!) chocolate cake with caramel sauce and many other amazing recipes fill this book. Disclaimer: at least the dessert recipes do include brown sugar and sugar and canola oil in the ingredients. However, the author likewise includes coconut milk, kefir and other good foods. Hopefully we healthier people can keep the good stuff and substitute better ingredients for the sugar and canola oil as needed! I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Misty

    Malibu Farm Cookbook: Recipes from the California Coast by Helene Henderson (Author), Martin Lof (Photographer) is a interesting cookbook. It is split into sections based on ingredients. For instance the chapters are From the: coop, farm and vegetable beds, hive, dairy, grass-fed beef, sea, olive grove, hen house, vineyard, baker and pastry maker. The organization of the book was a bit different from most cookbooks, but ti worked well for this book. The recipes were well written using as few wor Malibu Farm Cookbook: Recipes from the California Coast by Helene Henderson (Author), Martin Lof (Photographer) is a interesting cookbook. It is split into sections based on ingredients. For instance the chapters are From the: coop, farm and vegetable beds, hive, dairy, grass-fed beef, sea, olive grove, hen house, vineyard, baker and pastry maker. The organization of the book was a bit different from most cookbooks, but ti worked well for this book. The recipes were well written using as few words as possible (no unneeded instructions or directions). For instance there is a recipe of espresso ice cream shots. The recipe pretty much reads make a shot of espresso, put two scoops of vanilla ice cream on top and enjoy. This recipe takes up maybe half a page and has a photo of the completed recipe. I really liked this approach to recipe writing. I also liked that almost every recipe had a photo to go with it. I found that some of the recipes were a little out there for me, but I could see some of my friends and family wanting to try them so I could see myself making them in the future. I was sent a free copy of Malibu Farm Cookbook: Recipes from the California Coast by Helene Henderson (Author), Martin Lof (Photographer) for only my honest and unbiased review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Deb cambria

    I want a farm! Beautiful book and recipes

  11. 4 out of 5

    BC

  12. 4 out of 5

    Becca

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lissa

  14. 4 out of 5

    Linda Illingworth,

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hawkins County Library

    This is my favorite type of cookbook, a pleasure to read, look at, and to cook from. The chapters start with a pleasing snippet of farm life and insight into the recipes to come. The large photographs take you to the farm and make you want to take a bite of the recipes. Simple recipes with fresh ingredients for a week day meal that are fancy enough to serve to company. The recipes, while some contain different ingredients, are not so outlandish as to scare away picky eaters or home cooks. Instea This is my favorite type of cookbook, a pleasure to read, look at, and to cook from. The chapters start with a pleasing snippet of farm life and insight into the recipes to come. The large photographs take you to the farm and make you want to take a bite of the recipes. Simple recipes with fresh ingredients for a week day meal that are fancy enough to serve to company. The recipes, while some contain different ingredients, are not so outlandish as to scare away picky eaters or home cooks. Instead the recipes will inspire them to try something new.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

  17. 5 out of 5

    Caden Stockwell

  18. 4 out of 5

    William H. Jordan

  19. 4 out of 5

    jordy

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Weinstock

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Rade

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Love Stone

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Gustafson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anna Brooks

  25. 4 out of 5

    Escroston

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Borden

  27. 4 out of 5

    Faith

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pratima

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel LaBuda

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