Aimée’s rural homestead upbringing, years working as a professional chef and everyday life as a busy mom led to the creation of the hugely popular blog Simple Bites . Raising three young children with husband Danny, Aimée traded her tongs and chef whites for a laptop and camera, married her two passions—mothering and cooking—and has since been creating recipes with an emphasis on whole foods for the family table, sharing stories and tips and inspiring readers to make the family– food connection on the Simple Bites blog.
Brown Eggs and Jam Jars is Aimée’s long-awaited cookbook inspired by her urban homesteading through the seasons and the joyous events they bring. It embraces year-round simple food with fresh flavors—celebrating spring with a stack of Buttermilk Buckwheat Pancakes and pure maple syrup, enjoying a simple late-summer harvest dinner of Corn on the Cob with Chili Basil Brown Butter and Lemon Oregano Roast Chicken. Autumn favorites include Apple Cinnamon Layer Cake and Make- Ahead Currant Scones that are delicious topped with homemade Strawberry-Honey Jam. Comfort meals include Chicken Leek Shepherd’s Pie and Slow Cooker Cider Ham, and homemade treats abound: Whole Wheat Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Orange Zest, Cinnamon Shortbread Bars with Dark Chocolate Ganache, Ice Cider Caramel Corn and much more. Created for the family-minded home cook, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars shares over 100 recipes that have a touch of nostalgia, feature natural ingredients and boast plenty of love.
Aimée’s heart-warming stories capture everyday life in a busy family. She also shares tips and advice on how to get the whole family involved in cooking from the ground up and enjoying homemade food. Brown Eggs and Jam Jars will inspire you to connect your family and food right where you are in life—from growing your own tomatoes to making a batch of homemade cookies. Enjoy your urban homestead.
Aimée Wimbush-Bourque, a former chef turned modern homesteader, is the creator, editor and writer of the award-winning blog Simple Bites, which is devoted to healthy, family-focused food—with a little urban homesteading in the mix. She is married and mom of three kids, boss of two cats, and farmer of six brown hens.
“Aimée knows the importance and joy of keeping her family connected to the seasons and flavors around them, and with this beautifully delicious book in your kitchen you will too!” - Michael Smith, bestselling author of several cookbooks including Family Meals and Back to Basics
“Aimée invites you into the warmth of her family home, with recipes that are both beautiful and simple. It makes homesteading and seasonal cooking not only enticing, but easy for real families." - Faith Durand, executive editor of the The Kitchn blog, co-author of The Kitchn Cookbook and author of several cookbooks, including Bakeless Sweets
“The ultimate guide to urban homesteading with seasonal recipes ... Aimée creates fun for the family while getting them involved in daily activities. Brown Eggs and Jam Jars defines a new movement to modern homesteading. Inspiring all around.” - Aran Goyoaga, author of Small Plates & Sweet Treats and creator of the award-wining blog Cannelle et Vanille
“Aimée shows you how simple it can be to avoid processed foods making twists on many of your favorite family-friendly comfort foods at home with the purest of seasonal ingredients.” - Catherine McCord, author of Weelicious and Weelicious Lunches and creator of the blog Weelicious
“Brown Eggs and Jam Jars is a gem of a book. Aimée's warmth and generous storytelling will nourish and inspire you, and her accessible and nurturing recipes will feed you along the way. Most of all, Aimée shows us that any home can be a homestead if we choose to see a space's potential and possibility.” - Alana Chernila, author of The Homemade Pantry
“The moment you open this book, you'll instinctively take a deep, relaxing breath and just want to snuggle in with Aimée, her family, the happy hens and lush garden. It's a home-grown, family feast of a book with comfort recipes and stories of simple, pleasurable living.” - Jaden Hair, author of Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Asian Favorites and creator of the blog Steamy Kitchen
"Aimée's whimsical way of weaving words will leave you with a sacred respect for real food, and will empower you to roll up your sleeves and revive the lost art of wholesome, seasonal, simple cooking in the kitchen. That, pure and simple, is magic done right." - Tsh Oxenreider, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the blog The Art of Simple and author of Notes from a Blue Bike