Cliff Farms Manning
pens book on gardening tips
shares photos, tips and recipes
Lela Jane Bradshaw
COMMISKEY, Ind. (May 2012) Stream Cliff Farm has
a long tradition of providing visitors with the tools to make their
gardens and their kitchens a lasting success. For more than 30 years,
the Commiskey-based farm has welcomed guests to make their own memories
at the historic farm founded in 1821.
Each spring, owner Betty Manning assists gardeners in picking out culinary
and decorative plants for their homes and her cooking school has shown
many students how to bring their gardens into their kitchens with her
classes on cooking with herbs.
Manning took great care in
selecting a publisher for her book.
Now with the release of her new book, Secrets of
the Garden Path with Recipes, Manning is continuing that tradition
of sharing her beautiful farm with an even wider audience. While she
estimates that the book took about two years to write, it actually reflects
years worth of work in her familys kitchens and gardens. The book
focuses on the history of the farm and the six generations of family
that have called it home, while also including gardening and cooking
tips. Special emphasis is placed on culinary herbs including how to
identify, grow and use them.
On June 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the farm will play host to a book
release and signing celebration to share the joy of the projects
completion. Guests are invited to stop by and meet with the author and
have a chance to chat and get their books signed. The event will also
welcome publisher Linda Hawkins and is just a time to celebrate.
Manning says she looks forward to providing the chance for others to
meet with Hawkins and perhaps learn more about what it would take to
turn their dreams of publishing into reality.
I know there are people who have had a lifelong desire to do a
book, she says.
Manning expects to have copies of the book available at the farm around
Mothers Day, and reservations are already being taken online and
by mail or phone for first edition copies.
Manning reflects that I wanted a pretty book, and explains
the importance of finding a publisher that would help her realize her
It was difficult to find one that has the same dream, she
says of her search.
Manning expected the physical copy of the book to reflect the quality
of research and dedication that she put into it. She finally connected
with Hawkins of Heart to Heart Publishing and knew that her book had
found a home. The resulting full color, 136-page hardback book met her
The book draws from Mannings years of study and practical experience
in gardens. Over the years she has collected several photos of the farm,
its gardens, and herbs in particular.
One of the seeds for this book came when Manning was approached by a
university to assemble a book about herbs in the Midwest. However, she
believed that she could do the book herself and wanted the freedom to
include garden information that would be applicable to more than just
people who live in this region.
I wrote it for a national audience, she explains, pointing
out the importance of considering different planting zones across the
country when writing about gardening.
Manning was careful to make certain that the book would be functional
as a cookbook and made the decision to gather all the recipes together
in one section, rather than having them scattered throughout the book.
She estimates there are about 80 recipes included. Some of these will
be familiar to those who have enjoyed the tea room at the farm or who
have taken part in the farms cooking school, while others have
previously been something of family secrets.
A lot of the recipes are those that have come down through the
family ones Ive used over the years, she explains.
Many of the recipes reflect Mannings own cooking style that emphasizes
using a lot of herbs and wine in the dishes. However, she also made
certain to preserve the family recipes as they came down to her and
these do not necessarily include as strong a use of herbs.
I wanted those passed down in my family and I wanted to share,
For more information, visit: www.StreamCliffFarm.com.
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