Cooking from My New England Roots

By Matt Jennings

“Simple, approachable, and delicious recipes. . . . Matt finds the perfect balance between honoring New England’s influential landscape and rich history while also providing a fresh twist on classic dishes, including influences from his wide travels and infinite repertoire.”
—Mario Batali, chef, author, philanthropist

A Game-Changing Chef Redefines a Classic American Cuisine

In his debut cookbook, chef Matt Jennings honors the iconic foods of his heritage and celebrates the fresh ingredients that have come to define his renowned, inventive approach to cooking. With four James Beard Award nominations for Best Chef: Northeast, three Cochon 555 wins, and a spot on Food & Wine’s 40 Big Food Thinkers 40 and Under list, Jennings is a culinary innovator known for his unexpected uses of traditional northern ingredients (maple syrup glazes a roasted duck; a molasses and cider barbecue sauce makes the perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken wings; carbonara takes on a northern slant with the addition of razor clams). With over 100 vibrant, ingredient-driven recipes—including modern spins on New England staples like clam chowder, brown bread, and Boston cream whoopie pies, as well as beloved dishes from Jennings’s award-winning restaurant, Townsman—Homegrown shines a spotlight on a trailblazing chef and pays homage to America’s oldest cuisine. 

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“A treasury of ingenious takes on New England and American classics. . . . Gorgeous, flavorful dishes. . . . Jennings’s exciting recipes will inspire readers to get more creative with their cooking.”
Library Journal, starred review
“[One of] the 7 Most Anticipated Cookbooks of Fall 2017.”
Publishers Weekly

“Spills and stains are to be expected on this lushly photographed compendium of New England(-ish) food, its pages shot through with clever ideas absorbed during [Jennings’s] culinary coming-of-age by way of Italy and California.”
—Food & Wine

“In his first cookbook, Matt Jennings takes his stand as a New Englander, writing with raw vitality of how he became a chef, and how he finds beauty and meaning in a landscape by turns barren and verdant. . . . Homegrown, I’m happy to say, is not a chef-y, showoff-y, navel-gazing bore filled with recipes a home cook will never bother to tackle. I’m done with those. It is a deeply personal tribute by a man who feels the salt and iron of the region coursing through his very blood. There’s honesty and design in the way he organizes chapters in an elemental way: Dairy, Ocean, Farm, Garden and Orchard, Forest. Each venue offers fine things to eat and drink, both savory and sweet; each place has its own seasons and rhythms. . . . This one’s a stunner. Boy’s got something to say.”
—Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“A loving exploration of the dishes, landscapes, and ingredients of the region, it is filled with recipes that are personal while pushing the envelope of local cuisine.”
—Boston Globe
“Never has there been a better time for New England cuisine, and anyone who's dined at the award-winning Townsman in Boston knows that Jennings is to thank. [Homegrown shows you how to] recreate his twists on centuries-old classics by using seaweed to boost the brininess of clam chowder or adding Yankee flair to carbonara via razor clams and salt pork.”
—Tasting Table

“This book echoes the simplicity and delight of mealtime with Matt’s wife and their boys rather than the foods that require a restaurant kitchen and larder. Homegrown will make your kitchen a better place to cook in and a better place to eat in and will supply you with a lifetime of great recipes that your family will love.”
—Andrew Zimmern, from the foreword
“Matt’s book tells us a compelling personal story about the place that defines him. His respect for these ingredients and his delicious recipes will forever transform your understanding of New England flavors.”
—Sean Brock, chef and author, Heritage
“I’ve always known Matt Jennings to have a contagious pride for northeastern cuisine, and it’s delightful to see how he shares that with the world of both home and professional cooks here in Homegrown. Matt’s simple, approachable, and delicious recipes drive me right to the store and back to the kitchen to sate my appetite for Yankee cooking with a serious reboot. Matt finds the perfect balance between honoring the region’s influential landscape and rich history while also providing a fresh twist on classic New England dishes, including influences from his wide travels and infinite repertoire. This book makes me crazy with hunger for a visit to Matt’s table in Beantown.”
—Mario Batali, chef, author, philanthropist
“The recipes Matt gives us in Homegrown honor not only the food of his heritage but also the food of his heart. As a dad, Matt realizes that what we cook at home must be both simple to make and worth the effort. These dishes will soon become favorites in your house, too.”
—Tyler Florence, chef, author, restaurateur
“A great debut for Matt Jennings! His New England background and his love for food make this a great read as well as an amazing reference for anyone looking to amp up their kitchens. The recipes are simple enough for a home cook to follow with professional results.”
—April Bloomfield, chef and author, A Girl and Her Pig and A Girl and Her Greens
“With a title like Homegrown, who could resist? This book is an inspired compilation of the food Matt Jennings has grown up with. From his soul to your table, these dishes will take you right to New England and all the delectable seasonal provisions it offers.”
—Daniel Boulud, chef/owner, The Dinex Group
“This is new, quintessential New England cuisine brought to you in a book full of insight and delicious, smart food.”
—David McMillan, chef and author, The Art of Living According to Joe Beef
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October 17, 2017