A Cook's Year in a Welsh Farmhouse Hardcover – 3 May 2011
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A lovely book (Kate Humble Telegraph Magazine)
Reflections and recipes inspired by a year spent in the Welsh countryside, from acclaimed writer Elisabeth LuardSee all Product Description
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The book is not brimfilled with the traditional Welsh recipes I had hoped for - but there are enough...... along with many exciting additions........ it's the sort of book that has you drooling within the first couple of pages. Partly because you want to eat the food - and partly because you are so very eager to cook the food. (Not sure I'll be trying the squirrel or snail recipes anytime soon though...... but never say never).
The recipes in general do not require a cupboard full of expensive and hard to source ingredients. (I do wish cookery writers would realise that we do not all live in big cities with access to Asian/Mediterranean Grocers).
But it is not a cookbook that requires access to Welsh products (prawn laksa anyone?)in order to use and enjoy. There are many very straightforward - and one or two more complex recipes - but they all look very practical and delicious. I can see myself using it throughout the year: apple bread and Caribbean pepper pot are on the list for next week.
Physically it is an attractive book - well illustrated. Perhaps a tiny bit too much text and not quite enough recipes but that is a small quibble. Handsomely illustrated cover - I am of the old school, however, I prefer a dustjacket for my cookery books but again not an important point. The recipes are the thing and these are excellent.
I particularly enjoyed the introductory sections to each month, about what is happening in her garden and in the countryside around the old house of Brynmerheryn, in Wales.I loved hearing about her grandchildren, and liked the different sort of illustrations, the atmospheric photographs, the little water colours which adorn the pages.There are some attractive cookery photographs, but I would have liked some more, as I like each recipe to have a photograph with it. However, the cost of this would probably have been too much, together with the requirement to make the book longer as a result.The author's friends and family, who she cooks for, must have a wonderful time when visiting her. I shall certainly be reading more books by this author. Thank you, Elizabeth Luard, for a lovely day.
PS And Yes, there are some great sounding recipes!
The recipes are wonderful too, a mix of mediterranean and English, but often with an unsual twist and not too fussy, perfect for a farmhouse. My only issue is that there is a recipe for a pull-apart wreath bread which is a type of festive bun baked in a wreath shape as they do in Provence in the festive season so we're told. It is lovely to have this sort of thing, it's just what I want, but the photograph is of a raw egg on some dough and since I've never seen a wreath loaf because we don't have that tradition over here I'd love to have seen one in the book. But it's a minor point, I'll still make it and I have googled images so it's easily got round.
It's still one of the most beautiful books I've ever seen with wonderful recipes, lovely family pictures, engaging text and fantastic presentation. Even better is you can see the gorgeous spabby house (spabby = society for the protection of ancient buildings & generally means a building mostly in it's ancient state, not with double glazing a modern plaster, but loved with old sash windows and bumpy lime plaster). This is to me book heaven. Highly recommended.
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So glad to find this book, as I had enjoyed the series in Country Living magazine. Not so much a recipe book as a journal with recipesPublished 12 months ago by HeyJude
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