on 2 August 2006
With over 120 delicious recipes, `Sophie Grigson's Country Kitchen' will have you running to your nearest farmer's market, hunting for seasonal ingredients............or getting your own hands dirty in no time.'
246 high quality, shiny pages split over seasonal chapters:
sandwiched between an introduction and a concise index.
Photography from William Shaw throughout including ingredients and a high percentage of recipe shots.
Useful one-page notes on seasonal items are littered throughout, from the more common such as 'Sorrel' and 'Asparagus', to the least, such as 'Samphire', 'Tamarind', or 'How to Cook A Giant Puffball'.
Each recipe has a relevant informative narrative written in the typical SG style that is so endearing, e.g. from page 152,
'Apple and Bacon Mash':
'There's a magic moment in the early autumn when the first of the garden's main crop potatoes and the first of the apples coincide. The children disappear outside to gather produce and earthworms, and soon a basket of potatoes, topped with a few sour cooking apples, appears on the kitchen table. Occasionally the earthworms are included, but it is not something I encourage!..............'
e.g. from page 218:
'A Very Good Cauliflower Cheese'
The idea is simple and familiar - cauliflower baked in a cheese sauce - but it is the execution that counts. Casual inattention is the death knell. Vigilance and respect are the passwords to success. This is a fabulous dish, worthy of main course status when it is cooked well.......'
A small taste of the other recipes contained within:
Grilled Trout with Horseradish, Mint & Lemon Cream
Rich & Sinful Baked Bay & Honey Custards
Summer Lasagne with Goat's Cheese
Tagine of Chicken, Chickpeas & Apricots
Lemon Barley Water
Maple Roasted Carrot & Ginger Soup
Spiced Venison & Chestnut Stew
Double Cheese Flatbreads
Daube of Beef with Parsnips & Red Wine
Rhubarb & Apple Crumble ('serves 6 unless you are all very greedy!')
Vanilla Pain Perdu with Quince Jelly
Christmas Tree Biscuits
'Murrambridgee Cake - I don't care for Christmas Cake. I don't hate it either, but I really wouldn't mind if I never tasted one again. As a result I have never cooked one, either. Instead, we make this Murrambridgee Cake, which is nothing more than a big mass of mixed whole glace fruits and nuts, glued together with the minimum of batter. Far nicer, if you ask me.'
on 3 September 2010
I love this book, and use it a lot. As it uses local, seasonal produce it's excellent for those of us who live miles away from lovely ethnic delis. I loved the pages specifically dealing with ingredients we might feel intimidated to try otherwise. But really this is wholesome comfort food, with the emphasis entirely on great flavour.
on 3 November 2003
there's definitely something about this book.
the 120 recipes are very cookable, very comforting, and use ingredients that can easily be sourced from your local supermarket (if that's not an ASDA). they are mostly easy to prepare and taste great. it's split into the seasons of the year to facilitate seasonal buying. and there are some pages of grigson's familiar brand of homespun wisdom. as well as that, the book includes some of the most gorgeously photographed and reproduced prints i have seen in a recipe book.
(avoid the real baked beans recipe though. i didn't like them.)