Tom Hirschfeld grew up in Indiana, graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Journalism focusing on photojournalism, and moved to New York City sight unseen after making the newspaper rounds for a short bit.  After kicking round NYC for a few years freelancing, 6 to be exact, he returned home.  Back in Indiana, Tom did all the things he wanted to do: concrete worker, truck driver, and oil salesman, before marrying the most beautiful and wonderful wife in the world.  He went back to school for a degree in education, but switched to culinary school and graduated with a degree in culinary arts.  After working in restaurants for about 10 years, he bought a building, liquor license, and equipment for his own restaurant–but chucked the whole thing before it ever opened to be a stay at home dad.  His family moved to the farm and Tom started taking pictures again after a 20 year hiatus.  He started developing recipes, people started to tell him he could write, and that’s were Bona Fide Farm Food comes in.  Tom is currently looking for a publisher.  He considers himself the luckiest man in the world to be the dad of two little girls who do their best to keep him young.

Awards: On top of FOOD52′s award as the  2012 Best Culinary Publication by the James Beard Foundation I was also nominated as a 2012 IACP finalist for best culinary blog for my site Bona Fide Farm Food.

Tom Hirschfeld

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  1. Hi Tom! I just stumbled upon your blog today and I love it. It’s so refreshing to see someone use such fresh wholesome foods in their recipes. I love food too, but from a different point of view… I love to garden. One cause I support that I think you’d be interested in is a company called Cayisa. They work to support learning gardens, sustainable farming, and reforestation. You should check out their blog, http://www.cayisa.wordpress.com. Have a good day! I can’t wait to try some of your recipes.


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