A culinary online center dedicated to promoting the importance and the joy of American home cooking with an emphasis on local products and talent, celebrating the unique spirit and energy of the new food world ethos, especially in Vermont.
I love quotes that add meaning to my life. Here are a few to live by:
We can dramatically increase global food availability and environmental sustainability by using more of our crops to feed people directly and less to fatten livestock.
—Jonathan A. Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment, U of MN
Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.
People who eat according to the rules of a traditional food culture are generally healthier than those of us eating a modern Western diet of processed food.
About In the Kitchen with Bronwyn
Welcome to my Kitchen! Just imagine that you are sitting on a stool next to me as we peel some carrots, shell peas or roll out a pie crust, while we talk about the our lives and try to solve the problems of the world. Maybe, you had that experience growing up, and maybe you didn’t, but here In the Kitchen with Bronwyn, you can have the fun I enjoy everyday and want to share.
Inspired by Julia Child at a Young Age
My enthusiasm about food definitely has a French accent. Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking was being edited and published by my stepmother, Judith Jones, when I was a teenager helping out in the kitchen. As an important figure in the American food world in her own right, she was also Julia’s editor.
My first memory of the book was when it was in manuscript form, the food stains and crumbled edges of the pages attesting to the fact that it was front and center in our kitchen, notes scribbled in the margins as recipes were tested. You could say that I’m the first novice cook to have learned how from Julia’s recipes. I might go so far to say that I’m living proof that, if you follow Julia’s instructions, you will learn to cook from scratch this way. I recommend giving it a try. You will find it fascinating and helpful, and you will produce some of the best meals you’ve ever eaten.
A Family of Inspired Cooks
In the Kitchen with Bronwyn, reflects the delight we all experienced, my stepmother, my father, Evan Jones, a free-lance writer who loved to cook, and the many food world personalities that found their way to our small New York kitchen. My family then, and now is a family of enthusiastic cooks. No day goes by that I don’t spend some time in my own kitchen with friends, family or alone, but always with the memories of childhood enhanced by a passion for cooking and sharing great food together.
My Love of American Food
Now that I live in Vermont, I’ve fallen deeply in love with American food, not coincidentally because the state has some of the best local and organic produce in the country. In fact, what started out as a summer home for us, Bryn Teg, has become the base of operation for a small herd of grass-fed beef. It’s a herd that Judith and I manage with the expert help of our cousin, John Reynolds, a long-time farmer in the Northeast Kingdom. John has given me a true appreciation of what small farming is all about.
Sharing My Kitchen with You
My hope is that if you find yourself following my blog, you will also find yourself sharing my kitchen with me. The conversation will be mostly about food but from time to time, it may also be about my travels and the adventures along the way, as well as new people and products I think might be of interest. I hope that you, too, will add stories to this blog about your families, your passions, even your obsessions, and, of course, about your experiences with food.
If we inspire each other enough with our stories, we might change a basic concept that has held us captive for the last 50 years, that the kitchen is the place to open cans and cartons and to defrost prepared meals in microwave ovens.
Finding our Way Back to Small Farms, Shared Meals and Healthy Living
I live in a state where farmers still manage small farms and where people want to know where their food comes from. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could find our way back to the world of small farms, shared family meals and healthy eating? This is my goal: to inspire and share my love of cooking, and to encourage all of us to support the local and organic efforts of farmers and food entrepreneurs. I hope it will become your goal, too, as we spend time together in this, my online kitchen.
Food events that have caught my eye.
a La Carte Videos
Bronwyn Dunne and Judith Jones Prepare Two Potato Salads at Bryn Teg. See the recipes
Gateau de Crepes- In Molly’s Kitchen.
See recipe from the Smitten Kitchen
- A Farewell To The Green Mountain State - Jul 2016
- Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup, Part II - May 2016
- Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup - Mar 2016
- Gratitude - Dec 2015
- Food Entrepreneurs Part V: Brio Coffeeworks - Nov 2015
- Food Entrepreneurs Part IV: Tomgirl Juice Co. - Oct 2015
- Food Entrepreneurs Series Part III: The Bakery At The Farmhouse Kitchen - Aug 2015
- Food Entrepreneurship in Vermont Part II: Bijou Fine Chocolates - Jul 2015
- Summer Events In Vermont - Jul 2015
- Is Localizing America’s Food System Possible? - Jun 2015
- Food Entrepreneurship in Vermont Part I: SharkBite Hummus - Jun 2015
- Nourish Vermont: Traditional Foods and Health Gathering - May 2015
- Late Sugaring In The Northeast Kingdom - May 2015
- Baking With Bayley Hazen Blue - Apr 2015
- Vermont Artisan Village - Mar 2015
- A Rare Book Indeed - Nov 2014
- It’s Time for an Organic Revolution! - Sep 2014
- Food for the Soul as well as the Body: Shojin Ryori - Aug 2014
- The Venerable Shojin Ryori Cuisine of Japan by Hiroko Shimbo - Aug 2014
- Better than Summer Camp: Summer Programs in Cheese Making, Fermentation, Charcuterie, Draft Horse Farming & Food Writing at Sterling College - May 2014
- We Did It! GMO Labeling Passed in Both the Vermont House & Senate - Apr 2014
- A Very Important Birthday: Judith Jones Celebrates Her 90th Birthday! - Mar 2014
- A Book Is On Its Way! As my interest in local farming has grown, I find myself writing a book… - Jan 2014
- After the Barn Fire Fundraiser Dinner to Benefit Maple Wind Farm – Tues, Jan 28 at Hinesburgh Public House - Jan 2014
- Sign Up for Blog Updates from In the Kitchen with Bronwyn & We’ll Donate $2 to the VT Foodbank for each subscription through Dec 31! - Nov 2013
- A Recipe for the Holidays from Shelburne Farms - Nov 2013
- When the Farm is a School: Shelburne Farms - Nov 2013
- Bronwyn Jones Dunne Selected by IACP as Featured Blogger - Nov 2013
- Fairfield Farm at The Hotchkiss School: Where Academics & Agriculture Meet - Oct 2013
- Farm to School – Not Just a Slogan - Oct 2013
- The Making of the “Zetterburger”: A True Tale of Creativity in the Kitchen - Aug 2013
- The “Zetterburger” Recipe - Aug 2013
- From the Sea Cloud to the Cloud Nine of Dining - Aug 2013
- Making Fresh Mozzarella - Jul 2013
- The Spirit of Vermont at the 2013 UVM Food Sustainability Summit - Jul 2013
- My Shangri-La: A Weekend at Twin Farms Resort - Jun 2013
- Twin Farms’ Gluten-Free Soufflé Pancake Recipe - Jun 2013
- Remarkable Recipes, Remarkable Women - Apr 2013
- Food & Art at Twin Farms - Apr 2013
- Video of Bronwyn Dunne & Judith Jones Preparing Potato Salads at BrynTeg - Mar 2013
- Potatoes from Peru: An Ancestral Flavor Reclaimed - Mar 2013
- Cookbook Author Joan Nathan’s 70th Birthday Party - Feb 2013
- Subscribe to my Blog by March 31 to Benefit the VT Foodbank! - Feb 2013
- The Mindful Carnivore - Jan 2013
- An Adventure in Cooking, Food & Healthy Living… - Jan 2013
- Caledonia Spirits & Winery: The Honey Man’s Dream - Dec 2012
- A Spoonful of Fresh Maple Yogurt—Farmers to You Delivers! - Dec 2012
- Bronwyn Featured in Best of Burlington - Dec 2012
- Private Cooking Classes with Bronwyn! - Dec 2012
- A Last Feast Before A Perfect Storm - Nov 2012
- Two Last Meals, Part 2: Breakfast at The Inn at Shelburne Farms - Nov 2012
- Radio Flyer… but Melons or Swiss Chard? - Nov 2012
- Two Last Meals, Part 1: Lunch at the Circus Smirkus Pie Car - Nov 2012
- Cedar Circle Farm’s 2012 Heirloom Tomato Guide - Oct 2012
- My Mother-in-law’s Favorite Meal: BLTs - Oct 2012
- Fall’s Upon Us: Tomato Harvest Festival & Circus Smirkus - Oct 2012
- Wholegrain Sourdough Breads 2 Day Class with John Mellquist of Trukenbrod Mill & Bakery - Oct 2012
- Cold Pea Soup: Catching up with Summer Flavor & My Move - Sep 2012
- See Bronwyn Jones Dunne in Julia Child’s 100th Birthday Program in VT Public Television’s Video Segment - Aug 2012
- Cooking with Evan Jones: My Father’s Recipes, Part 4 of 4 - Aug 2012
- Bronwyn Dunne Helps VT Public Television Honor Julia Child’s 100th Birthday - Aug 2012
- Cooking with Evan Jones: My Father’s Recipes, Part 3 of 4 - Jun 2012
- Cooking with Evan Jones: My Father’s Recipes, Part 2 of 4 - May 2012
- Imagine Who Is Coming to Dinner - Apr 2012
- Cooking with Evan Jones: My Father’s Recipes, Part 1 of 4 - Apr 2012
- A Dinner at Salt Café after Tropical Storm Irene - Apr 2012
- Welcome to my Kitchen! - Apr 2012