Jamie DeMent


The Farmhouse Chef: Recipes and Stories from My Carolina Farm

Canning isn’t just about putting food in jars and letting it sit and sit―it’s about sealing in the taste of each season and making food from scratch with more interesting and unique flavors. Farmer, restaurateur, and local food advocate, Jamie DeMent, offers her recipes and tricks for preserving fresh ingredients and interesting creations. Canning in the Modern Kitchen is ideal whether you’re a novice canner or an experienced cook on the hunt for new recipes and novel techniques. Her delicious recipes go beyond the obvious jams, marmalades, and jellies―the book includes ideas for sauces and unexpected ways to preserve produce and meat. She covers a variety of techniques, including basic water bath canning and oven canning, and lays out the equipment needed for successful canning. And, most importantly, she includes detailed safety information to make your canning journey as smooth as possible.


Jamie DeMent was raised in Eastern North Carolina. As she saw family farms disappearing and industrialized farming taking over, she searched for ways to revive the simplicity of eating healthy, locally grown food. In 2001, after completing her degree in Southern History and African American Studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, she became a Legislative Aid for Representative Brad Miller on Capitol Hill, then was a Director of Special Projects for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences where she supported fundraising efforts for the Nature Research Center.

DeMent left the Museum to join Richard Holcomb at Coon Rock Farm. The couple also own Piedmont Restaurant in Durham, North Carolina, and two additional food-related businesses, Bella Bean Organics and Heirloom Provisions. Jamie’s days are spent writing about food and farming and planting, harvesting, cooking and selling products from her farm.

Jamie’s first cookbook, The Farmhouse Chef: Recipes and Stories from My Carolina Farm, was published in Fall 2017 by UNC Press. She is also a guest lecturer at UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, Duke University, and teaches cooking classes at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Charleston, South Carolina; at Whisk in Cary, North Carolina; at Charleston Cooks in Charleston, South Carolina; and at The Art Institute of Charleston. Jamie was named one of North Carolina’s “Outstanding Women in Business” in 2016 and 2017 by the Triangle Business Journal and has had featured articles and recipes in The Local Palate magazine.