The Miller’s Daughter Quick Bites & Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of The Miller’s Daughter: Unusual Flours & Heritage Grains: Stories and Recipes from Hayden Flour Mills by Emma Zimmerman.

The Miller’s Daughter: Unusual Flours & Heritage Grains: Stories and Recipes from Hayden Flour Mills by Emma Zimmerman is a cookbook of 80 recipes along with a beautiful narrative that celebrates community, agriculture, sustainability, and the place of grains at every table. It is a dreamy cookbook that goes far beyond baking. Emma covers pastas, soups, and salads that showcase grains.

Emma, with her father Jeff, is a rebel and a dreamer on the outskirts of rural Phoenix. In a country overrun by corporate, homogenized grain farming, the daughter-father team are champions of rare and near-extinct varieties of ancient grains. Organized by grain (from farro to white sonora to red fife to corn, barley, durum and rye), Emma’s collection of recipes covers breakfast, sweet, savory and mains within each chapter.

Be sure to check out Hayden Farm’s shop where you can purchase flours, grains, tools and so much more! Hardcover Cook has just put together a wonderful collection of flours and this book on their site. I am going to place an order and make the following recipes: Purple potato pierogi with chives; Rosa farinata with red onions and pistachios; and Inside out falafel (chicken shawarma wrap).

Our takes you inside this beautiful book and features the following

Emma took time from her busy schedule to answer a few questions for our Members.

Q: What first triggered your interest in baking?

My Nana was a culinary educator, so growing up I would join her to help with cooking demos or attend her cooking classes for kids. These early memories really surfaced for me while I was working on this cookbook. My siblings and I were always forced to attend these things but I remember always wanting to be there and soaking it all up. My Nana had a huge collection of signed cookbooks and I so wish she was alive to see my cookbook.

Q: If you had to describe your baking style, what would it be?

What’s the opposite of decadent? There is one layer cake in the book but otherwise, I think the baked goods fall into that simple and snackable category. Because this cookbook focuses on stone milled heritage and ancient grains, I had to make sure that the recipes were very forgiving. These types of flours can really vary from mill to mill. A cookie or banana bread is an easy place to start if this is your first time using a heritage flour. I think the most surprising part of this book is that even though it’s about grains, it’s not all about baking. There are soups, salads, crackers and mains.

Q: Are you a cookbook collector? If so, tell us about your collection.

Yes! I have always loved cookbooks even before food became my career. My dad and I have a tradition where he picks up all the new-release cookbooks from the library. Then, when I stop by my parents’ house he shows me his library haul and I curl up on the couch and flip through them all. Reading a cookbook cover to cover is my dream Sunday afternoon.

I love good food writing. I am always looking for a transportive story. Cookbooks about the cuisines of other countries always seem to be my favorites. I love the feeling of reading a very involved and complicated recipe and imagining myself finding all the ingredients and making it. Even if I never get around to making it, the possibility is what excites me. Some people have romance novels, I have cookbooks.

Q: What is the best part of your job? Do you sometimes feel like working with food all day keeps you from wanting to get creative in the kitchen?

I never get tired of cooking (just cleaning up my mess)! When I turned in my cookbook manuscript I was so exhausted I thought I would never cook again. That sentiment only lasted for about one day – then I was back in the kitchen. I actually cooked the Farro banana bread from my book. That’s my go-to comfort recipe.

The best part of my job is being so intimately connected to the local food system. Knowing Arizona’s food producers and farmers is so enriching and grounding.

Q: What is your go to for a quick dinner – quick dessert?

One of the recipes in my cookbook that I cook over and over is the Inside out falafel. It’s a very herb heavy chickpea crepe and is easily modified with whatever greens we have on hand. And my kids gobble them up which is always a huge win.

I like to keep cookie dough in the freezer. My trick is to freeze balls of dough on a sheet pan so the cookie dough can easily be popped from the freezer right into the oven. I have been making the Chickpea tahini cookies from my book a lot these days.

Q: Tell us about your cookbooks or any future projects you are working on?

I stepped away from the day-to-day operations of Hayden Flour Mills to work on this cookbook project. So now that the book is out it’s time to be more involved in the Mill. We are always working on new products and I love developing recipes for our website.

Special thanks to the publisher for providing three copies of this title in our promotion. Entry options include answering the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you like to try first?

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129 Comments

  • sayeater  on  June 15, 2022

    Chilled yogurt barley soup with herbs and cucumber sounds perfect for summer!

  • rkosully  on  June 15, 2022

    The first thing I would like to make is the Pici pasta with lemon cream sauce.

  • mcrimmins  on  June 15, 2022

    Grape Focaccia

  • lean1  on  June 15, 2022

    Blueberry muffins with tumeric and cinnamon streusel

  • ravensfan  on  June 15, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls

  • Plumbobmummy  on  June 15, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls

  • kmn4  on  June 15, 2022

    Orange and anise knots with orange glaze

  • debbiehb  on  June 15, 2022

    Fig & ricotta tart with farro crust (

  • emi10383  on  June 15, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls

  • wildchild  on  June 16, 2022

    Orange and anise knots with orange glaze

  • bookmark77  on  June 16, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls

  • racheljmorgan  on  June 16, 2022

    Retro oat flour pancakes with cottage cheese and peanut butter

  • prettypistol  on  June 16, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls

  • jinni  on  June 16, 2022

    Chocolate-flecked farro banana bread

  • bookmark58  on  June 16, 2022

    Grape Focaccia

  • Sand9  on  June 16, 2022

    Burnsdown Date Squares

  • leknit  on  June 16, 2022

    I would like to try the Pici pasta with lemon cream sauce and the harvest grain bowls. Lots of recipes look yummy, though!

  • bopper  on  June 16, 2022

    Grape Focaccia

  • CathPax  on  June 16, 2022

    I am intrigued by Barley flatbread with nigella and sesame seeds

  • love2chow  on  June 16, 2022

    Cauliflower & date White Sonora berry salad with creamy walnut and caper pesto

  • Dendav  on  June 16, 2022

    Fig and ricotta tart

  • maestra  on  June 16, 2022

    Golden glow cake with blood oranges

  • dataentrytard  on  June 16, 2022

    Any-grain egg pasta dough

  • Heaton99  on  June 17, 2022

    Chocolate-flecked farro banana bread sounds like a good tester recipe.

  • paulbing  on  June 17, 2022

    Grape Focaccia

  • JEWGAL777  on  June 17, 2022

    Fig and ricotta tart

  • foodie16  on  June 17, 2022

    Steamed buns with Sriracha bacon and microgreens (Breakfast gua bao)

  • hrk  on  June 17, 2022

    Sprouted barley salad with mint and barberries

  • Spud13  on  June 17, 2022

    Za’atar cracker sticks

  • mightymhk  on  June 17, 2022

    Blueberry muffins

  • AMKW  on  June 17, 2022

    Cauliflower & date White Sonora berry salad with creamy walnut and caper pesto

  • maci234  on  June 17, 2022

    Blueberry muffins with tumeric and cinnamon streusel

  • roxlet  on  June 17, 2022

    Pici with lemon cream

  • Roosta  on  June 17, 2022

    Purple barley ginger cordial

  • elysedc  on  June 18, 2022

    oo gotta try the Burnstown date squares!

  • GillB  on  June 18, 2022

    Any grain egg pasta dough!

  • Wheels5683  on  June 18, 2022

    Pillowy Cinnamon Rolls

  • Dannausc  on  June 18, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls

  • lilmiztam22  on  June 18, 2022

    Orange and anise knots with orange glaze

  • BMeyer  on  June 18, 2022

    grape foccacia

  • virjeania  on  June 18, 2022

    Summer stone fruit White Sonora berry salad with candied pecans and crispy prosciutto

  • agreaves19  on  June 18, 2022

    Fig and ricotta tart

  • ranner234  on  June 18, 2022

    Za’atar cracker sticks

  • DarcyVaughn  on  June 18, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls

  • mph993  on  June 18, 2022

    The Miller’s Shrimp & Grits

  • slumberandscones  on  June 18, 2022

    pickled cherry farro salad

  • LaurenE  on  June 19, 2022

    Grape Focaccia

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  June 20, 2022

    would like to try the pink polenta with crispy garlic and pancetta found on page 149 first

  • NaomiH  on  June 20, 2022

    Steamed buns with Sriracha bacon and microgreens (Breakfast gua bao)

  • demomcook  on  June 20, 2022

    Grape focaccia

  • ceejayen  on  June 21, 2022

    Chocolate-flecked farro banana bread

  • GreenhouseCheryl  on  June 21, 2022

    Einkorn blondies with white chocolate and raspberries

  • pfgarden  on  June 23, 2022

    Fig and ricotta tart

  • teamkies  on  June 23, 2022

    Jammy tomato cobbler with sour cream cornmeal biscuits

  • Jellyfish  on  June 24, 2022

    Saffron strawberry galette with messy rye crust

  • silversand  on  June 24, 2022

    Chickpea lasagna with herbed ricotta and red pepper sauce

  • banba1  on  June 24, 2022

    Orange and anise knots with orange glaze

  • betsyradelow  on  June 24, 2022

    Retro oat flour pancakes with cottage cheese and peanut butter

  • sarahteertzah  on  June 24, 2022

    Purple potato pierogi with chives

  • Su2cool  on  June 24, 2022

    I would love to try the lemon poppyseed shortbread

  • reader1trees  on  June 24, 2022

    Za’atar cracker sticks

  • JenjiD  on  June 25, 2022

    Creamy buttermilk salad with quick-pickled vegetables (

  • Jow  on  June 27, 2022

    I’d make the Blueberry muffins with tumeric and cinnamon streusel

  • sarahawker  on  June 28, 2022

    The Miller’s shrimp & grits

  • ChicagoJen  on  June 29, 2022

    Purple potato pierogi

  • topdawg11  on  June 29, 2022

    Steamed buns with Sriracha bacon and microgreens

  • sheri  on  June 29, 2022

    Purple barley ginger cordial

  • lauren424  on  June 30, 2022

    The Miller’s shrimp and grits

  • artthecat  on  July 1, 2022

    Burnstown date squares

  • Laura1  on  July 3, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls

  • birdyscruff  on  July 4, 2022

    I’d love to make the Butter crust skillet pizza with fig jam and prosciutto!

  • chromiumman  on  July 5, 2022

    the pillowy cinnamon rolls

  • vinochic  on  July 5, 2022

    Blueberry muffins with turmeric and cinnamon streusel

  • tarae1204  on  July 6, 2022

    One thousand hole pancakes (Moroccan baghrir) – Something I ate often when I lived in Morocco, with olive oil and honey for dipping.

  • LEKcookbooks  on  July 6, 2022

    Pickled cherry farro salad with kale and goat’s cheese, but also that barley ginger cordial also has my attention

  • redcurrant  on  July 7, 2022

    Grape focaccia

  • Robbinhouse3  on  July 8, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls

  • AIC  on  July 8, 2022

    White Sonora celebration cake with rhubarb and pistachio (p

  • dzm  on  July 10, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls

  • clairew137  on  July 10, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls

  • RickPearson54  on  July 11, 2022

    grape focaccia

  • maggz19671  on  July 11, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls delicious

  • lucymajor94  on  July 11, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls

  • kkez  on  July 11, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls

  • poneill  on  July 13, 2022

    Pici pasta with lemon cream sauce

  • jd5761  on  July 14, 2022

    Grape Focaccia for me

  • SharronM  on  July 15, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls. It sounds like what angels might sleep on 🙂

  • mpdeb98  on  July 15, 2022

    Orange and anise knots with orange glaze

  • Lora724  on  July 15, 2022

    I’d love to make Steamed buns with Sriracha bacon and microgreens (Breakfast gua bao).

  • RSW  on  July 17, 2022

    White Sonora celebration cake with rhubarb and pistachio

  • Tutu81  on  July 17, 2022

    Fig and ricotta tart

  • oduong930  on  July 19, 2022

    Grape Focaccia

  • Franki  on  July 19, 2022

    Fig and ricotta tart

  • Shelley.b  on  July 20, 2022

    za’atar cracker sticks

  • Lafauvette  on  July 22, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls

  • skyejaden  on  July 22, 2022

    Oooh, lemon poppy seed shortbread!

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  July 22, 2022

    Chickpea lasagna with herbed ricotta and red pepper sauce

  • Leonard5854  on  July 23, 2022

    Creamy buttermilk salad with quick-pickled vegetables

  • ruthdenton  on  July 24, 2022

    Any grain egg pasta dough

  • EmilyR  on  July 24, 2022

    Golden glow cake with blood oranges

  • Jellyfish  on  July 26, 2022

    Fig & ricotta tart with farro crust

  • anniecc  on  July 26, 2022

    I want to make the farro salad with pickled cherries and ricotta

  • AgentAllan  on  July 28, 2022

    Pici pasta with Lemon Cream Sauce

  • sheridarby  on  July 28, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls

  • Ishtar  on  July 28, 2022

    Pink polenta with crispy garlic and pancetta

  • Jennifer7  on  July 28, 2022

    would make the egg pasta

  • FrenchCreekBaker  on  July 28, 2022

    White Sonora celebration cake with rhubarb and pistachio

    Been meaning to buy Sonora to grind for flour and this would be perfect reason to do so!

  • orchidlady01  on  July 30, 2022

    Lemon poppy seed shortbread

  • Nanalou  on  July 30, 2022

    Fig and Ricotta Tart

  • jessamybride  on  July 31, 2022

    The Fig and ricotta tart

  • wiseoldbird  on  July 31, 2022

    Fig and Ricotta tart sounds very appealing

  • Yatota74  on  July 31, 2022

    Crespelle cannelloni with sautéed chard and ground lamb

  • Edite1  on  August 1, 2022

    Butter crust skillet pizza with fig jam and prosciutto

  • michelle666  on  August 1, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls

  • DimensionAEB  on  August 1, 2022

    Orange and anise knots with orange glaze

  • ClaireHamilton  on  August 1, 2022

    Fig and ricotta tart

  • PatBarrett  on  August 1, 2022

    Orange and anise knots with orange glaze

  • Twiddle  on  August 1, 2022

    Pillowy cinnamon rolls

  • JudithCocks  on  August 5, 2022

    Purple barley ginger cordial

  • guppymomma  on  August 5, 2022

    The butter crust skillet pizza has me fantasizing 😋

  • Nomoregruel  on  August 5, 2022

    Einkorn beet ravioli with toasted poppy seed butter sauce

  • nocona  on  August 5, 2022

    Pillowy Cinnamon Rolls sound divine!

  • Lazlo  on  August 5, 2022

    Fig and ricotta tart would be a great first recipe to try because I am not very familiar with farro and would love to try using it in ways other than salads and side dishes

  • Puguppy  on  August 5, 2022

    Orange and anise knots with the orange glaze

  • YumYum21  on  August 6, 2022

    Pickled cherry farro salad!

  • chasteph  on  August 6, 2022

    Retro oat pancakes.

  • luccio  on  August 6, 2022

    Za’atar cracker sticks : I love this flavour : )

  • garrettsambo  on  August 6, 2022

    I like to make White Sonora berry chili.

  • CatsintheKitchen  on  August 7, 2022

    White Sonora Celebration Cake with Rhubarb and Pistachios

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