Essential Reading: River Cottage Cookbook
It is very likely that you will have heard the name Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, or (at the very least) you will have heard of River Cottage. Hugh’s commitment to self sufficiency and respect for the fat of the land have become an inextricable part of the British countryside, and his numerous books and TV shows have inspired a nation of armchair farmers for several years.
The River Cottage Cookbook is one of the first River Cottage books, and it is an indispensable reference for smallholders, gardeners, closet agriculturalists, and conscientious chefs. While the title suggests that this is a nothing more than a cookbook, the true scope of the volume is actually much wider. New readers will be pleasantly surprised by the sheer quality and quantity of peripheral information associated with recipes, and with the pages of insightful discourse on all matters animal, vegetable, and mineral.
In 440+ beautifully presented pages, Hugh leads the reader through the practical, ethical, and emotional issues of the self sufficient lifestyle, and deals out valuable nuggets of information in a light, conversational style.
Although this is not a new book, (I got my first copy for Christmas, 2004) the information contained within is timeless and The River Cottage Cookbook is highly recommended to anyone who is even remotely interested in self sufficiency. Hugh’s style is easy to read, and his knowledge spans a broad spectrum that ranges from how to keep your own livestock, what to do with a pigs ear, how to grow good vegetable, and to how to make good chutney.
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