First published in the United Kingdom in 2001, THE RIVER COTTAGE COOKBOOK quickly became a hit among food cognoscenti around the world. Now tailored for American cooks, this authoritative and animated ode to eating well is one part manifesto and one part guidebook for choosing and storing food grown in the garden, butchered from prize animals, or foraged or caught locally. Fearnley-Whittingstall writes with humor, wit, and clarity, bringing American readers what his legions of British fans have enthusiastically embraced: the best techniques and recipes for getting the most out of simple, superior food, while supporting the environment, vibrant local economies, and resourceful use of plants and animals.
A groundbreaking book on eliminating the "rubbish" from your diet and maximizing the pleasures of the table, from British food personality Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Original edition has sold 300,000 copies in Europe. Throroughly Americanized for a North American audience.Reviews"There's something delightful about considering what it would mean to raise animals and then eat them nose to tail, close to the land."ÄîNew York Times Book Review Summer Reading issue, cookbook roundup"Fearnley-Whittingstall is on a mission, determined to persuade us that the life he writes about is within our reach...Whatever the topic, he is consistently entertaining."ÄîNew York Times MagazineIncluded in the Summer Reading Issue, Cookbook Roundup 6/1/08 in the New York Times Book Review"An intense and heartfelt almanac of raising and eating organic plants and animals without the intrusive use of slaughterhouses, packaging plants, or grocery stores."ÄîPublishers Weekly STARRED reviewÄúLocavore Bible: Cooks so intent on eating locally that they grow their own food will have a definitive tome.ÄùÄîFood & Wine, 100 to Taste List
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About the Author
HUGH FEARNLEY-WHITTINGSTALL is a renowned British broadcaster, writer, farmer, educator, and campaigner for real food. The author of seven books, Hugh lives with his wife and three children on the River Cottage farm in Devon, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am really enjoying this book. If you do not want to read about raising livestock for future meals, don't bother. But for my whole adult life, I have dreamed of living the farm cottage life. I love all the pictures in this book. There's a two page spread in the middle of the book with a view of the pasture. The author is standing in the pasture with a bale of hay and there is a large bull and a few sheep standing in the pasture. I told my son that I wanted to live there.
What can I say, it's great, especially if you ever expect to keep you own animals for slaughter. He has detailed descriptions of keeping his own animals as well as being absolutely clear that veggies are his mainstay, a very very good read.
If you are interested in becoming more self-sufficient, or just in thinking about where your food comes from, then this is the book for you. From advice on how to grow and cook your own fruit and vegetables to how to buy and keep a cow to how to make your own bacon, this guide has it all. While some of the ideas require a little space, it has me wanting to keep my own chickens and grow a vegetable garden. Great stuff.