Following up on her popular cookbook, Five Marys Ranch Raised, California-based Mary Heffernan opens the windows wide, letting us peek into their bustling but gratifying family life on the ranch through the traditions, crafts, and meals they share together throughout the year.
Arranged around favorite family events, activities, and themed menus, Five Marys Family Style takes the reader on a journey through the seasons and customs that drive life on the ranch. Readers will discover the Heffernan family’s Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions, menus for a cozy fireside dinner, a summer cookout, a pack-ahead picnic, or an end-of-week taco fiesta. Sprinkled throughout the book are simple, crafty DIY projects that Mary and her four daughters have fun making together, including indigo-dyed tea towels, flower-filled holiday table runners, and hand-rolled beeswax candles. Along the way, Mary shares stories of life on the ranch as well as the faithful traditions and strong connections she maintains with her extended family. Lush photography captures the expansive beauty of the ranch, the animals, including dogs, cats, and horses, and of course, Mary and her beloved husband and ranching co-partner, Brian.