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Daylesford's A Love for Food
on 5 September 2013
The first thing I notice with the book - they have included recipes for all my favourite things in their shop. I'm not sure why I'm surprised, but aren't these trade secrets? Clearly not. And I'm so glad. Because now I don't need to make notes of ingredients at their deli counter and try and figure out their recipes - no, now I can just follow the recipe for my favourite coleslaw. Or my favourite lemon drizzle cake. Or the amazing tomato and feta salad with mint dressing that I'd eat for breakfast every Sunday.
Each recipe has its own little introduction - a lovely touch to this already friendly book.
Carole Bamford's story is fascinating, charting her first meeting with the Soil Association, to converting the Gloucester farm to organic - telling the story of the wonderful ways the earth came to life with violets and earth worms once the chemicals left the soil. I so enjoyed reading the pieces from the people who work on the farm. Richard, the farm manager, we met during the lambing season. I met John, the cheese maker at the Summer Fair, where we talked about soft cheese and he gave me a simple recipe so we could make our own at home. Jez, indeed a character, we also met at the Summer Fair - and subsequently on strawberry picking days in the hot hot sun. There was a sign up asking us not to eat too many strawberries - his logic was that people could only eat 15 anyway so no major losses would be incurred.
I loved reading these guys' stories - the big picture as well as the small anecdotes - clearly show their love for what they do. Reading about the planning and the great thought that has gone into Daylesford really adds so much depth to this book. They really do care so tremendously for the land and the animals and the foods they produce. Reading about the work they are doing with breeding their own cattle and sheep suited to their habitat made me feel so incredibly proud for them. They care deeply about producing quality food with a respect for the land. And for the future generations to come.
This is so much more than a recipe book.
It's a wonderful inspiring book about sustainable, local, great British food.