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The River Cottage Family Cookbook [Hardcover]

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall , Fizz Carr
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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10 Oct 2005

'Fizz Carr and I share the view that there are no really good cookbooks for the whole family to use together. It is our immodest intention to write a classic of this genre' Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's well-loved RIVER COTTAGE books have become a phenomenon, inspiring hundreds of thousands of people all over Britain to cook and enjoy good food.

His new book THE RIVER COTTAGE FAMILY COOK BOOK, co-written with Fizz Carr, brings the River Cottage philosophy to the whole family. It will give pleasure to everyone: toddlers and grandparents, families discovering the fun of cooking together, and everyone who enjoys simple home-cooked food. From how to make butter from a jar of cream to how to make your own sausages, THE RIVER COTTAGE FAMILY COOKBOOK will inspire everyone with the magic and fun of cooking.

'A great way to learn the basics without feeling patronised ... You come away from the experience not just with a tasty supper but with a better knowledge of food ... comfortingly old-fashioned ... will almost certainly go on my shelf of "genuinely useful cook-books", cross-referenced with my folder of "ways to entertain the kids at weekends"' Time Out

Product details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (10 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340826363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340826362
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a writer, broadcaster and campaigner. His series for Channel 4 have earned him a huge popular following, while his River Cottage books have collected multiple awards including the Glenfiddich Trophy (twice), the Andre Simon Food Book of the Year (three times), the Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food award at the Guild of Food Writers and, in the US, the James Beard Cookbook of the Year. Hugh lives in Devon with his family.

(Photo credit: Tom Beard)

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'Three loud, very heartfelt cheers for a book that promises children a better start in the kitchen and at table ... a book to read out loud, with pictures to pore over, ideas to talk about ... education and entertainment at its appetising best, a kitchen primer that sparkles with infectious enthusiasm, sets the imagination alight, engages all the senses in a voyage of culinary discovery, encourages young cooks ... THE RIVER COTTAGE FAMILY COOKBOOK is in places as gripping as a detective story, it is a fount of useful information, and great inspiration for culinary action stations' (Phillippa Davenport, Financial Times)

'A triumph ... will grab the attention of younger readers, and the range of recipes is broad enough to interest more seasoned cooks, too' (Irish Times (Book of the Year))

'Recipes so simple that a child could do them, but this is not a cookbook for children; it is a brilliant introduction to making food that's suitable for everyone' (Independent)

'A great way to learn the basics without feeling patronised ... You come away from the experience not just with a tasty supper but with a better knowledge of food ... comfortingly old-fashioned ... will almost certainly go on my shelf of "genuinely useful cook-books", cross-referenced with my folder of "ways to entertain the kids at weekends"' (Time Out)

Praise for Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall:

This is the most honest cookbook I have found, reeking with helpful, hands-on wisdom. It is everything it should be and more ... deliciously funny, well written and neither macho nor sanctimonious. (Jill Dupleix, The Times, on THE RIVER COTTA)

The best new book of the year without a shadow of a doubt, a serious treatise, a meat cookery bible and a supremely appetising recipe collection. Fearnley-Whittingstall is our most important and eloquent food writer today. (Philippa Davenport, Financial Times , on TH)

Ripe and magnificent ... a good and beautiful book (The Guardian on THE RIVER COTTAGE YEAR)

If only all the men who put on an apron once a year to take charge of a barbecue had Hugh's knowledge and charm. (Spectator on THE RIVER COTTAGE MEAT BOOK)

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'A counter-top bible, designed for the whole family ... crammed with delicious, child-friendly recipes, simply and clearly explained' The Sunday Times

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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book got me started cooking in the UK 27 Sep 2006
I moved here from America last year and wanted something that would help me with the new recipes, ingredients, and cooking terms for British cooking. I got this book from the library, and liked it so much that I re-checked it out twice before finally just buying my own copy.

This book is NOT one for an encyclopedic source of recipes. He covers many basic dishes, but you likely won't find everything you'd like to try and cook. If anything, the majority of recipes tend to center on basic, wholesome comfort food. Not much in the way of chi-chi new trends and no consideration for being low-carb or low-fat or "healthy." The emphasis is also on being "hands-on." I consider it an improvement that I've gone from using store-bought jarred spaghetti sauce to making my own with tomatoes and fresh basil, but if you want to try your hand at making your own pasta from scratch, he'll tell you how.

What's great about this book is the background information on the food. He tells you all about, say, sugar. The history of sugar, where it comes from, what it does when exposed to certain conditions, the uses for all the different types of sugar, etc. His chapter on bread is similarly interesting. There's even a tiny bit of science in here - like the role of gluten in bread making or how yeast works. Frankly, it just plain makes interesting reading! And, the benefit of this sort of background information is that you'll be empowered to vary recipes, since you'll know the purpose of every ingredient.

The recipes are probably all do-able for a child with a parent's supervision, but the book isn't actually written for children. The prose reads at about the same level as a newspaper and is of general interest to anyone wanting to know more about food and cooking.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious recipes with new ideas added 24 Oct 2006
I love this book, it really is a wonderful book. I hacve nearly made all the recipes in the book and they are all delightful. I wish there were more books like this. I cant recommend this book enough, the recipes are lovely, the pages are set out well and the instructions he gives you are perfect if you get a little flustered in the kitchen like me. He explains everything so you just cant go wrong which is great if you sometimes get a bit confused. He even tells you on most of the pages how to eat the food, and what to eat it with, great if you are running out of insperation for dinners ideas. I also like the introduction where he tells you where is best to buy your food and how to check whether the food is good quality. Overall i loved this book and would recommend it very highly to all buyers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Yes, this book does contain recipes that are too basic for people with decent cooking skills, but there are recipes for those people too. It's the mixture that makes it a true family cookbook - you can hardly start your children off cooking with complicated recipes. All the recipes are presented in a very clear way and easy to follow. What I realy like about this book are the projects that are included in most chapters. They really make it possible to teach children how food is or used to be produced (make your own pasta, cream cheese, grow your own potatoes or little salad garden on very little space ...) or just suggest ideas for having some fun, for example at a children's party (have a pancake race, create your own icecream maker ...). Many recipes have step-by-step photographs to help you along, plus serving suggestions to vary the recipes. I quite enjoy this book, although I do also cook from Gary Rhodes' or Gordon Ramsay's books and obviously am not a beginner.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Way to Engage the Family 6 Jan 2006
Almost as much a 'real food' campaigning document as a cook book, this makes a fantastic brilliantly designed introduction to the whys, wherefores and recipes of good food in your home. There are things I would not have thought of trying with kids such as 'undressing' a crab which are inspired. Excellent illustrations. Well written and well worth buying.
One tiny glitch knocked a star off my review - on the baking front: an excellent fruit loaf and a delicious pear pudding cake. Both of these either had incorrect cooking time or temperature as both were significantly undercooked after their alotted time. The pear pudding was literally fluid in the middle. And no, my oven temperature regulation is correct (I use an oven thermometer) and it's not something I've had with any of Hugh F-W's recipes from other books. If anything my oven tends to be a little too fierce as it's fan-forced. Anyway, both recipes tasted good enough to try and experiment with times and temps to get it right, but it isn't something I feel you should have to do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family cook book 8 Feb 2011
This is an interesting cook book that both adults and kids can use. My daughter is enjoying making the recipes with me
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal 15 Jan 2011
By minimo
Lovely book with lots of info. Ideal for explaining the basics to my daughter when she gets a bit older.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for sunday baking! 18 April 2009
I, an 18year old daughter in a big family think this book is fantastic - i bought it for us and we all use it! Whether we're just making a loaf of bread or we want to do something more technical it is very easy to follow and extremely inspirational for children who are fussy! The pictures are lovely and it's definitely the families most used cookbook!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great all round book
I have watched river cottage on the telly and thought it was all a bit to earthy fir me so I first got this book out of the library to see before I might buy it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars hughs cook book
love this book not only does he tell you how to cook with this book but he tells you the way you eat with the food you've made , whether it goes with bread ,crackers or cakes, for... Read more
Published 7 months ago by shaun
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what kind of headline you want
The contents of the book are just fine. It would be good to know in advance when one was purchasing an ex public library copy.
Published 9 months ago by Sophie Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent basic recipes
I own a lot of HF_W cookbooks (it seems to be a pretty typical present to get for me) and this is by far the dirtiest, because it's the only one I really use with any regularity -... Read more
Published 12 months ago by EmmaJayne
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading description of the book.
The book arrived on time as promised. As stated it had slight signs of wear and tear, after I had wiped down the cover it looked slightly better. Read more
Published 13 months ago by tasha
4.0 out of 5 stars river cittage
Just what it says, a book for the family. Lots of easily prepared food. A good book with lots of guidelines at the beginning of each section.
Published 15 months ago by Ann FINLAYSON
4.0 out of 5 stars River Cottage family cookbook
It looks like a great book and I bet the recipes taste great but it lost It's fifth star due to most of the ingredients being American like cups and in sticks of butter. Read more
Published on 6 July 2011 by Mr. Charles D. Bryant
3.0 out of 5 stars River Cottage Family cookbook
The book is ok. I purchased it after I got Hugh's Everyday Cookbook which I use all the time. I wanted a few new ideas for puddings and cakes so purchased the Family cookbook. Read more
Published on 20 April 2011 by bugging about
5.0 out of 5 stars a book i use all the time
I love this book! I've had it for years and still use it all the time. There are a few recipes i haven't tried but the majority i have. Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2011 by RACH3884
4.0 out of 5 stars ideal present
bought it for a present for my dad, he liked book and has since brought several more books from hugh
Published on 20 Sep 2010 by Mr. M. Pyle
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