The Beekman Boys are Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge.
The Beekman Boys are Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge.

Meet the Authors

The Beekman Boys

Authors of The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook

Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, better known as The Beekman Boys and authors of The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook  will be our featured speakers on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

“Heirlooms” of any type have a sentimental or intrinsic value greater than their assigned monetary figure. They are often irreplaceable, and because of this, they are treasured and passed down from one generation to the next.

With this in mind, best-selling Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, also known as The Fabulous Beekman Boys set out to create The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook showcasing heirloom fruits and vegetables and recipes from their farm, family, and friends. Each recipe is simple and delicious, arranged by season, and intended for both every day and special occasions. From springtime pea pod risotto and summery strawberry shortcake to quick braised collards in autumn and yummy chicken ‘n’ dumplings for a snowy winter’s day, this is simple yet luscious farm-fresh fare that everyone will love.

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge are the founders of Beekman 1802, one of the fastest-growing lifestyle brands in the United States. Their decision to leave city life behind has been chronicled in Kilmer-Purcell’s national best-seller, The Bucolic Plague, and on the hit Planet Green TV show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys. Their website,, has previously been nominated for a James Beard Award and Epicurious hailed them as “the next Martha Stewart.” Their company, based out of their 60-acre goat farm in Sharon Springs, NY, designs products that are sold throughout their website and in major retail stores as well as smaller shops and boutiques throughout the country. Ridge is a physician and formerly a vice president at Martha Steward Living Omnimedia. Kilmer-Purcell is an advertising executive and the New York Times best-selling author of I Am Not Myself These Days.

What the critics are saying...

Entertaining and informative…They call themselves ‘accidental farmers,’ but they could just as easily be described as ‘accidental reality-show stars.’”--Ari Karpel, The New York Post

“It's by turns funny, instructive, even inspirational. (These guys just don't quit!) And befitting its co-stars, it's also fabulous.”--Frazier Moore of the Associated Press

“Puts the fabulous back into farming while proving that people can still look immaculate surrounded by mud and manure.”--Jill Sergeant, Reuters

The Beekman Boys' appearance at Darien Library is part of our 2011 Fall Author Series. Upcoming author events at Darien Library are:

All Author Series programs will feature a book signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at each event.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).