- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: National Trust Books (4 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907892125
- ISBN-13: 978-1907892127
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.5 x 24.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kitchen Garden Estate: Self-sufficiency Inspired by Country Estates of the Past (National Trust Home & Garden) Hardcover – 2 Apr 2012
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"The book is full of charming photographs and paintings of estates as well as home and model farms." -- Current Books on Gardening and Botany.com
About the Author
Helene Gammack is an MA graduate in Garden History, with a particular interest in self-sufficient estates. She has a life-long interest in gardens and a thorough knowledge of practical horticulture, having worked as sole gardener in a renowned plantsman's garden for ten years. She has worked as a research assistant for the National Trust for the last two years.
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The bulk of the book is devoted to highlighting the produce an owner would expect from their country estate. This is much wider than what initially springs to mind. Not only are the usual fruit and vegetables; herbs and flowers; orchards and bees explored, the wider estate and its provisioning in the form of dairy and other farm production; game; fish (in the form of fish ponds and lakes); fowl (poultry and dovecotes), plus hops and vineyards are included. These form the book's main chapters.
Each section documents the full range of produce which an estate might be expected to provide. These are richly illustrated with historical documents and pictures; photographs; and stories of how particular foods reached our shores or those associated with particular estates managed by the Trust.
There's also plenty of recipes for you to try. Some of these are today's fare found in the Trust's cafes and restaurants which you may have sampled already, like the well-known Apple Scones at Erdigg. Others have an older flavour and origin, such as the recipe for Woodcock Soup taken from Lady Wentworth's recipe book (from around 1730) found at Dunham Massey.
Kitchen Garden Estate is described on the back cover as both an inspirational and practical guide. If you're looking for a full how-to manual for your allotment or small holding, this probably isn't what you're looking for. However, if you want a fascinating glimpse into the history of estate management at some of our most famous country houses, which is richly illustrated and contains techniques and recipes you'd like to try at home, then this is the book for you.
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