Well, that would be me, Susie Middleton. Cook, gardener, writer, editor. Sometime photographer, former small farmer. All around happy girl. Author of four cookbooks, writer of essays, developer of many, many, many vegetable recipes. Year-round Martha’s Vineyard resident since 2009. Celebrating 16 years of sobriety in 2022, to which nothing else can hold a candle.
Once upon a time, I was chief editor of Fine Cooking magazine. Now I work for the wonderful Vineyard Gazette Media Group as special projects editor, doing all the fun things, including editing a very cool cooking website called cookthevineyard.com. (Subscribe to the free weekly newsletter here.) I also write about cooking, gardening, and life on Martha’s Vineyard for both our 175-year old newspaper, the Vineyard Gazette, and our award-winning Martha’s Vineyard magazine. Yay.
I am obsessed with vegetables. In love with flowers. I had a small farm and operated a daily farm stand here on the Island for nine years; now I’m all-in on home gardening.
These days I’m most interested in joy and serenity — the peace my busy mind gets from cooking and gardening, the pleasure I get from the colors and textures and flavors of vegetables and flowers. And everything in between the kitchen and the garden. I like to share that feeling, hoping it might help someone else find joy.
Just as an aside, I think you should buy one of my books so that I can write another –ha! Seriously, you won’t regret it. Fast, Fresh & Green (Chronicle Books, 2010) was an NPR Top Ten Summer pick in 2010, as was its successor, The Fresh and Green Table (Chronicle Books, 2012). And guess what, the next one, Fresh From the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories (Taunton Books 2014) was on that very cool NPR Concierge Top 100 Books of the Year in 2014! But Simple Green Suppers: A Fresh Strategy For One-Dish Vegetarian Meals (Roost Books, 2017) might even be my favorite.