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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. 4 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. 5 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. 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.

  4. 5 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!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Tieghan Gerard’s Half Baked Harvest cookbook Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains is a beautiful cookbook. Striking photographs accompany each recipe. The author begins her cookbook with suggestions on which kitchen “tools and toys” one will need to complete the recipes found in this cookbook. The reader can definitely tell that Ms. Gerard truly enjoys cooking while developing recipes that she states are “DOABLE”. She covers breakfast, appetizers & snacks (She is one of seven children in the Ge Tieghan Gerard’s Half Baked Harvest cookbook Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains is a beautiful cookbook. Striking photographs accompany each recipe. The author begins her cookbook with suggestions on which kitchen “tools and toys” one will need to complete the recipes found in this cookbook. The reader can definitely tell that Ms. Gerard truly enjoys cooking while developing recipes that she states are “DOABLE”. She covers breakfast, appetizers & snacks (She is one of seven children in the Gerard family - so snacks would be a must, I think.), pasta & grains, poultry & pork, seafood, beef & lamb, (mostly) meatless meals, and my favorite - dessert. As an eat dessert first type of person, one can see why dessert is a favorite category. The following are recipes on my definitely to do list: PB & J Grilled Cheese, Five-Ingredient Honey Butter Beer Bread, Guacamole 101, The Cheese-Maker’s Mac and Cheese, Mrs. Mooney’s Penne, 30-Minute Healthier Chicken Parmesan, Beer Can (or one can use chicken broth) Chicken, Potato Chip Chicken (TG’s grandmother’s recipe), and, of course, for dessert - Chocolate Caramel Cake, Molten Chocolate Cake with Whipped Mascarpone, and Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake. Very impressive. Looking forward to making the Potato Chip Chicken. And I am very jealous of this talented creative maker of good things because she lives in the Colorado Mountains, and I went to CU which I absolutely loved! 4.5 stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Farm to table deliciousness!! Especially The Down Under Aussie Burger!!!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!!

  10. 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!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I’ve never been a huge cookbook person, but I loved this one! Beautifully made with delicious, easy to follow recipes and tips! Good for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Checked this out from the library to see if I’d want to cook as many of her recipes as I have from Super Simple and I DEFINITELY do. This one will be on my shelf (or my counter) permanently soon! First up: Braised Pork Tamale Burrito Bowls!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Keyser

    This cookbook was not for me. I did not know this was a blog, so I was unfamiliar with her work. I picked this book up from the library, intrigued by the cover tagline of "recipes from my barn in the mountains". The inside cover let me know she was from Colorado. From that, I was expecting recipes using seasonal, local ingredients and perhaps some creative ways to use cuts of meat. That's not the case- there is avocado in almost all recipes, tropical fruits, even lobster and shrimp- all things n This cookbook was not for me. I did not know this was a blog, so I was unfamiliar with her work. I picked this book up from the library, intrigued by the cover tagline of "recipes from my barn in the mountains". The inside cover let me know she was from Colorado. From that, I was expecting recipes using seasonal, local ingredients and perhaps some creative ways to use cuts of meat. That's not the case- there is avocado in almost all recipes, tropical fruits, even lobster and shrimp- all things not found in Colorado. Many used weird combos of ingredients that don't sound particularly good, and overall, not that creative (can we stop with avocado toasts being worthy of space in a cookbook?). If you're looking for the typical recipes a trendy blog-turned-cookbook, this is probably a good choice. I found only one recipe that I was interested in trying. Overall, disappointed, and glad I checked it out from the library instead of purchasing.

  14. 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.

  15. 5 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!

  16. 5 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!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mc Savoy

    Very, very disappointed with the book and recipes. With over 30 years of cooking experience, I was definitely attracted by the beautiful pictures and homey combination but the results are always, and I reinforce always below expectations - especially the lasagna which are recognized as her trademark dish! Would love to hear from other who have tried the recipes.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennica Watson

    This cookbook was grabbed on a whim when I had a bunch of holds on others and wow, it is perhaps my favorite cookbook to date. Her Instagram and website are also awesome, I want to be her friend and cook with her in her beautiful Colorado kitchen!

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Debby

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

  26. 4 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!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Pike

    The K bars and the coconut rice shrimp dish are the winners. Family approved.

  28. 5 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 4 out of 5

    S Vanorse

    I have a sneaky suspicion the chocolate cake base recipe for the Peanut Butter Dipped Cookies and Cream Cake recipe that Tieghan adapted is Hersey's original blackout cake recipe, adapted for three layers, with the addition of only yogurt. I have made it for 40 years, the ingredients list sounded familiar, I can see where she adjusted for three layers and added yogurt, look up the original, it is probably the best chocolate cake recipe and has stood the test of time, but everyone out there has t I have a sneaky suspicion the chocolate cake base recipe for the Peanut Butter Dipped Cookies and Cream Cake recipe that Tieghan adapted is Hersey's original blackout cake recipe, adapted for three layers, with the addition of only yogurt. I have made it for 40 years, the ingredients list sounded familiar, I can see where she adjusted for three layers and added yogurt, look up the original, it is probably the best chocolate cake recipe and has stood the test of time, but everyone out there has to adapt it so they can call it their own. I did try a few of the recipes, just because I like to give an honest review, started with the BBQ Short Ribs, made the sauce, tasted, something not right, the one I make calls for bringing to a simmer, so I tried that with Tieghan's, it was much better after a simmer, the sugar melted and the flavors blended better. Ribs were not to bad though. A lot of the recipes have extremely long lists of ingredients that would be a challenge to find in some areas. Very talented young lady to put this together at her age, it is obvious she loves what she does as do her followers, fans, as I had never seen her blog or heard of her until I picked this book up at the library, the photographs are excellent, a joy to look at, but for me it is the ingredients list, to many things that just don't make sense, pickled jalapenos in Sunday Meatballs? Anyway all in all give credit where credit is do, Half Baked Harvest is photography for the foodie.

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