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Escape To River Cottage [VHS]
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The entire Channel Four television series, in which TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall lives the self-sufficiency dream; which includes raising his own pigs and then having to slaughter them, producing his own smoked fish, keeping an eye on the mice in his house and cooking a variety of meals using only the ingredients he breeds/grows in his garden.
It's easy to be cynical about Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's adventures as a downshifted smallholder in Escape to River Cottage; after all, given his fame and fortune, he could upshift again faster than a BMW sports gearbox whenever he chose. "Why don't you give it a go?", he asks us. Because we don't all have fat media contracts to fall back on, we roll our eyes and reply.
However, despite HF-W's seeming like a Posy Simmonds character, the fact remains that no TV chef has come close when it comes to reminding the supermarket generation about where food really comes from, or indeed where it should come from, as well as the values of indigenous produce (also a largely overlooked aspect of macrobiotics, incidentally). In this well-stuffed double DVD set Weirdly-Eatingall does alarming things with a goose, smokes fish in his chimney, eats his rather cute pigs, monitors the movements of mice by marking them with lipstick (why does he just happen to have some lippy lying around?) and, almost in passing, cooks up some wonderful dishes with his home-grown ingredients.
On the DVD: Escape to River Cottage two-disc set includes six episodes, plus a bonus in the form of the Christmas special. Extras are on-screen recipes, F-W's biography and some outtakes, which are deeply unfunny except when various things decide to bite the presenter, which they do fairly often. The extras are duplicated on both discs, which is pointless and/or a bit of a swizz. --Roger Thomas --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
I love the food. It's real food, robust and never poncy. It always makes me want to get into the kitchen and make a mess.
I love the idyllic setting. Dorset is beautiful and the bits near Bridport and Beaminster are especially good. Hugh has a natural presenting style and you can see the affection and good humour he and his new found friends feel for one another is genuine.
I'm already looking for my own 'River Cottage', somewhere deep in the countryside. And after watching this ground-breaking series my guess is that you will be downsizing too.
Fearnley-Whittingstall is from a "very posh family", but his presenting style is classless, appealing to all viewers of all ages, though the outakes give the DVD a 15 certificate (including an uncut scene of HFW in the bath!). His cooking shows that trully amazing food should not be the reserve of the sofisticated dinner party, but it should be enjoyed everyday by everyone.
You can learn from this series, about real food or you can just sit back and enjoy the excellent production of this real classic. The only thing that this title is now lacking are the follow up series, that hopefully will not be too long in coming.
The DVD has a great Xmas special and some amusing outtakes. Also some web links thrown in and recepies. Worth the admission price - just a shame we can't all follow Hugh to that rural paradise - it's too damn expensive now as everyone is moving to the country!!!!!!!! Ah well, back on the 7.00am train to Charing X!!!!!!
Hugh has many different characters visit his cottage for food and he narrates the whole DVD wonderfully. He also manages to do that naughty thing of getting drunk with the lads.
This is a must for cooking fans and also fans of Hugh, GET IT NOW!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived quickly, loved this series when it was first on tv all those years ago so it's a lovely trip down memory lanePublished 4 months ago by Lynn
His early dvd's are great, has he started out.he has know got above his station in life.Published 15 months ago by peter goodgame
A delightful DVD which shows the good life can be had through hard work and understanding what you want from life.Published 18 months ago by Philip O'Connor
How it all began and this is the best series of the great River CottagePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I could watch this time and time again.such quick postage.thank youPublished 21 months ago by sharon dennis
HFW best work in the "River Cottage" saga and after the first 3 series goes downhill and very commercial ( the price of some of the Courses @ RC are far from cheap) and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer