Allotment Cookbook Hardcover – 27 Jul 2007
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About the Author
Kathryn Hawkins is an experienced cookery writer and food stylist. She has worked on several women's magazines and written a number of books. Kathryn is currently setting up a cookery school at her home in Scotland, where she plans to run residential and oneday culinary workshops. She is the author of Pancakes!, Bread! and Fruit!, all published by New Holland.
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Most of the book is in easy to read bold black text, with pages 97 -128 being full colour plates of the delights to come in the recipe section!
The glossary is packed full of all the information you need for a successful harvest including tips on varieties, harvesting & storing, preparing and basic cooking techniques, classic recipes, freezing and top recipe tips.
Did you know the Jerusalem Artichoke was a member of the Sunflower Family?
Each recipe is clearly laid out with opening narrative:-
Beetroot in Raspberry Jelly
This might sound a bit weird but it really is delicious!
It's based on a recipe given to my Mum by a friend who makes it with blackcurrant jelly. It's always a talking point and makes an excellent accompaniment to thickly sliced ham or smoked chicken.'
Then follows the list of ingredients and the method.
Any variations are given, along with 'Cook's Notes', if applicable, and whether freezing is suitable or not.
All in all an excellent, no nonsense reference for those wishing to start on the path of self sufficiency.
A taste of the other recipes within:-
Roast Asparagus and New Potato Salad
Alsace Onion Tart
Peppered Steak with Fried Cabbage and Turnip Chips
Corned Beef, Neeps and Tattie Pie
Crispy `Seaweed' and Pak Choi with Oyster Sauce
Venison with Blackberry Sauce
Sweet Potato and Spinach Curry
Blushing Apples with Strawberry Rose Ice Cream
Oaty Scottish Berry Cream
Rhubarb and Custard Tarts
Wild Strawberry Jam
Spiced Plum Chutney
She neatly divides her subject into the growing and the cooking. On the growing she provides a tidy discussion of harvesting, storing and basic preparation of various allotment produce and therein lies the first problem. She only discusses it after it has been harvested there's no consideration of site selection, planting methods, shade and water considerations for a crop and so on. Now it might be reasonable to say that those are not topics that she should consider but if so then it would have been better to not include the sections on harvesting produce. What she does, which is very good, is provide a quick summary of how to store that produce, albeit that it's heavily oriented towards an approach that says freeze everything.
Another problem is that she has a very limited range of produce that she considers. She only considers 43 crops, which might sound a lot but my usual allotment reference (Joy Larkcom's Grow your own vegetables ) considers twice as many, and a lot of what she considers are not things that would be considered common allotment crops; herbs, apples, pears, blackberries (who grows these you just get them free from hedgerows!), peaches and so on are not common allotment crops. Ignore the allotment bit however and read it as a 'kitchen garden' cookbook and it makes a lot more sense.
In the second half of her book she starts to give some recipes. Most of these to be honest are fairly pedestrian affairs but where she does win over a lot of books is that she gives some thought to how to preserve them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely what I wanted as a present for a friend who loves cooking/baking and has just got her own allotment. Good recipes and nicely illustrated.Published on 16 April 2013 by Jinny Hussey
Bought this as a gift for a fairly new allotment grower and enthusiastic cook. I thought it contained a good mix of information on growing and recipes for cooking everything... Read morePublished on 20 July 2012 by mimipusscat