MaryJane Butters wants YOU to have a cow--that "pet" cow you've always dreamed about. You know, that gorgeous beau-vine you've seen grazing outside your "cow"girl kitchen window. Of course, you've wondered what it would feel like to bring a bucket of fresh milk into your kitchen and turn it into butter, your own yogurt, sour cream, and artisan cheeses like Manchego and Brie. MaryJane's fifth book, Milk Cow Kitchen, is one part milk cow how-to, one part cookbook (75 fuss-free, farmstyle recipes, in addition to 15 step-by-step, super simple cheese-making recipes), and three parts play! Beginning each day by milking her Jersey dairy queens--Maizy, Miss Daisy, Sally O'Mally, and Etta Jane, MaryJane's Creamery supplies milk, Parmesan cheese, and butter to local residents in her hometown of Moscow, Idaho, where she runs her many businesses that include a successful organic farm, product lines, and MaryJanesFarm magazine, now in its thirteenth year. Follow MaryJane's "milk-her-once-a-day-not-twice" backyard milk cow movement at HeritageJersey.org, where current revisions to her book can also be found.
In her fifth book, MaryJane covers just about everything cows and dairy. If you can make it past the food and cheese recipes without needing to eat, you're a better "cow"girl than I. But the real gem of the book is the hooves-up, how-to advice on keeping a healthy, happy, backyard cow. Whether you're a city-dweller or country gal, longtime cow-owner or recently ruminating on the idea of adding a cow to your life, I promise you have something you can learn from Milk Cow Kitchen.--Laurel Bake"MaryJanesFarm" (03/15/2014)