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Rambler's Rewards: Cooking from Coast to Coast [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Guy , Pat Kirkbride , Derry Brabbs
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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16 Sep 2010
Rambler's Rewards is a cookery book using produce found along the coast to coast route - a great fish pie with fish from Whitby, traditional lamb from the Yorkshire Dales, sausage pie with Cumberland sausage meat.

With recipes and landscapes wonderfully photographed by Derry Brabbs, the book follows a walk through the day - from hearty and healthy breakfasts, through to lunch at home or on the move, tea time treats and suggestions for supper. The recipes are either quick and easy to prepare at the end of a busy day or could have been prepared in advance and frozen, refrigerated or left on a timer for when you get in.

Inspired by years of walking and holidaying along the Coast to Coast route, the recipes inspire you to plan a great day out as well as celebrating the variety and abundance of wonderful produce available in the North of England. More than that, they are also ideal for our demanding and often chaotic everyday lives. A casserole prepared in the evening to be waiting in the oven after a busy day at work; an economical and healthy bowl of soup for lunch at the office; pizza slice and honey & seed flapjacks for the children's lunch box; a sumptuous cake for a family tea or a quiche, salad and glass of wine to share with friends. There is a recipe for every occasion which you are sure to find straight forward yet rewarding to make.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (16 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071123079X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711230798
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tantalising recipes for ramblers. (Cumbria Evening News)

It's a lovely month for walking the Coast to Coast route. This book uses wonderful foods produced along the route in recipes that are simple to prepare after a long day's walking. (BBC Good Food Magazine)

Every home has one or two cookbooks - usually collecting dust on an out-of-reach shelf in the kitchen - and there's no cause to use them because the dishes are too difficult or the ingredients are impossible to come by. Rambler's Rewards aims to counter that problem by making local delicacies using local produce, from along the Coast to Coast route. (North West Evening Mail)

A handsome, traditional cookbook full of wholesome recipes for the best of British fare. (Cumberland News)

Elizabeth Guy and Pat Kirkbride know their food and believe in sourcing the best ingredients which are often to be obtained locally from producers who are equally passionate about the quality of their food. They also know how to make their food look and taste as though it has just come out of the oven in a large old farmhouse in the Dales. Derry Brabbs provides the final ingredient with photographs that tempt you to eat the food and walk the fells. You can decide which you want to do first. (Workington Times & Star)

People, places, local produce and family chat are all part of this book which reflects the fact that this is not just one of the most beautiful countrysides to walk through but also beats an equally unforgettable culinary path for us across the north of England. This lovely book will make a very acceptable Christmas present for anyone eager to learn how to cook. Bon appétit! (Keswick Reminder)

A great present for an exiled Northerner in some distant city, especially if they were hungry and homesick. (Northern Echo)

Quick and easy recipes for those with busy lives, and for walkers to enjoy on return home from an energetic day. (Footsteps)

From the Author

We first got to know each other when we worked at the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes and our paths have continued to cross ever since. We have turned from colleagues to good friends, sharing a passion for both the area in which we live and the food it produces. Family life permitting, we both enjoy a day out shopping - but we're far more likely to get enthusiastic about the fine marbling on a rib of beef in a good butchers or finding an artisan cheesemaker, than a pair of shoes or the latest handbag!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars recipes that i'll actually use... 4 Oct 2010
i've just been given a copy of rambler's rewards and i have to admit that it's now about the 12th cook book in the kitchen, a lot of which are never used. I don't use them because they're full of time consuming long recipes or ingredients that noone ever has at home. However, last night I used the book to make salmon en croute and lemon drizzle cake for pud. It was easy and quick (perfect as we've got a little 6 week old), but still looked and tasted great. Good family food. The book is very well presented too: a good christmas gift?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars comfort food at it's best 27 Sep 2010
This is not a guidebook to the Coast to Coast Walks or a list of places to eat and stay en route. Rather this is a very personal collection of recipes from the authors Elizabeth Guy, Pat Kirkbride and Pat's mother Doreen Whitehead who for many years ran a legandary B & B and cafe and was a well-known personality in Wensleydale and Swaledale.

So these are family recipes, arranged according to a walk through a day from breakfast, breads, lunch, sweet treats (for teatime), supper, fish, vegetarian dishes and puddings. None of the recipes are complicated or time-consuming nor do they demand special ingredients. Local food and producers such as Swaledale cheese, Salked watermill and Cordingley honey are featured throughout the book but are not intended to set the cook off on an exhaustive hunt for must-haves; the local products are featured so that if you are in the vicinity you might want to look them up and try them. If not the authors urge you to search out for similar products where you live.

The recipes, are solidly, comforting English food at it's best (though with a quite a few nods to other food cultures such as pizza, lasagne, risotto or ratatouille). Game or Egg and Bacon Pie, Broccoli and Blue Wensleydale quiche, Vegetable, Tomato, Mushroom soup, Salmon en croute, Boiled Gammon with a sweet and sour sauce, lots of warming casseroles, Rice pudding, Treacle tart and Chocolate and Coffee-Walnut sponges along that with very traditional speciality Yorkshire Parkin are some of what's on offer. These are dishes just as suited to a busy working life as for a day out in the country. Most can either be prepared ahead of time or made at the last minute.

The authors draw a close connection with food and the landscape as the book is illustrated with evocative scenes from the Coast to Coast Walk, as well as of the recipes.

As soon as I opened my copy I knew I was on a winner. I've cooked from it constantly and it's not let me down.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real inspiration 4 Nov 2010
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I'm privileged to live in Elizabeth Guy's home village of Askrigg, in Wensleydale, so have enjoyed many of the delicious suppers she's prepared for various social events in the village, as well as seeing her cookery demonstrations at the W.I. and elsewhere. This book reflects not only her cookery skills - which are legion - but her warm and friendly personality. She and her friend Pat Kirkbride have done a wonderful job in presenting easy-to-follow, accessible recipes in an attractive way, and also in telling the stories of the people who produce the basic ingredients on their farms and smallholdings from coast to coast. You really do need two copies - one to read and enjoy, the other to work from. The photographs by Derry Brabbs of the area, the people and the dishes, are a treat in themselves. It's a beautifully illustrated book. Oh yes - and the recipes really do work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
After watching Elizabeth Guy, the author, on the BBC some years ago I have been hoping she would release a cookery book so I could carry on using her simple, easy to make and incredibly delicious recipes! I heard this book was to be released and pre-ordered one immediately! Being from the South unfortunately I cannot use the suppliers she used in the book but my husband and I plan to travel North very soon and go to the places featured in the book.

Nigella is nothing compared to Elizabeth in the way she presents her fantastic experiences in the kitchen and the way she makes it so simple to create the tastiest of dishes.

I have ordered three more since my original order and plan to use them as Christmas presents for the rest of the family and my son who has recently 'flown the nest' and left home for university. I would recommend anyone to purchase at least one of these beautifully made cookery books as they are the prefect addition for any kitchen!

I love how personal the book is to Elizabeth and how it relates to her family throughout. My favourite treat is the chocolate brownies- delicious!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10 10 Nov 2010
What a lovely, lovely book. It has some wonderful recipes...the cakes section in particular is my favourite. Highly recommended and have purchased more as gifts.
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