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The Modern Peasant Hardcover – 30 May 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; 1st ed. edition (30 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701186682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701186685
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 646,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is the thoughtful, entertaining result" (Carolyn Hart Telegraph)

"Both bold and intelligent…You will not put it down, I guarantee you. And when finished you will want to show it to your friends" (The Foodie Bugle)

"Enchanting" (Mail on Sunday)

"An interesting and inspiring read and one I am likely to return to in future for reference" (Saffron Strands)

"As elegant and original as [Tulloh’s] recipes. Beautiful prose. Woodcut-style illustrations instead of photographs" (Henry Dimbleby Guardian)

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Have you ever wanted to leave your old life behind? To flee the city and take on a simpler existence in some far flung Mediterranean idyll? Somewhere you could cultivate the land, produce your own olive oil, grow figs, tomatoes and salad greens…

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Format: Hardcover
Few books have intrigued and inspired me as much as The Modern Peasant has; as a resident of the countryside, and not a city dweller, I was interested to see how JoJo Tulloh, the author of the book, would be able to convince me that city dwelling could be in the style of a peasant, with foraging, locally produced ingredients and free harvests to be had throughout the year. By the time I had read the first two chapters and I had perused the numerous recipes, I was convinced that even city dwellers can be cheese makers, yoghurt makers, foragers and they can indeed become a modern peasant.

The book opens with an evocative chapter, The Archetypal Modern Peasant - In Patience's Kitchen; in this opening chapter, JoJo explains that the book begins with an act of pilgrimage, to the kitchen of her culinary heroine, Patience Gray (1917-2005) who is most famous for her auto-biographical book, Honey from a Weedfollow, and that the culinary ethos of Patience, as well as a visit to see her farmhouse was the driving force behind JoJo's book. Having read the book from cover to cover over the space of just a few days, I decided to try one of JoJo's recipes, as part of my book review. The book is not so much a cookbook in the conventional sense, but more of an "urban handbook for country-style living" and JoJo writes with a verve and passion that immediately draws the reader into her city "peasant's" life.

There were many recipes that I bookmarked, but, it was the simple and homely Honey Flapjacks that I eventually made (and enjoyed), based on the fact that had some crystallised home-made lavender honey to use, and as JoJo herself suggests in the recipe introduction, it was an act of thrift that appealed to me.
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It's awfully easy, living in the city, to get divorced from the reality of food. The onward march of convenience is everywhere; to ground oneself in real food takes conscious effort, and a continual battle against the thieves of time of modern life.

There is, however, great satisfaction to be had from some proper, hands on creativity. For instance, my most recent loaf - made using Jojo basic sourdough technique - is, I believe, my best effort yet. For a few minutes work, and a few hours waiting (which wasn't too onerous, as I was asleep at the time), I've ended up with something a lot nicer that the anonymous Chorleywood bread that is the easiest stuff to get from the supermarket.

There are, of course, many other things we can make at home, apart from the standard breakfast/lunch/supper. And for those who wish to get more hands on with their foods, Jojo Tulloch has written The Modern Peasant. Inspired by Patience Gray's Honey from a Weed, this is a great book for all the frustrated urban cheese, yogurt, bread, preserves lovers. Not so much a recipe book - though there are plenty of recipes - it's more a paen to getting back in touch with our food, even for those of us who live in cities. It's very well written; I actually read it cover to cover, which is unheard of for me for a cook book, but this is encouraged by Jojo's chatty chapters where she discusses each technique in detail, before giving us the recipes.

All the recipes are achievable, which I really liked to see. It's not a book calling for some sort of quasi-Good Life (and there we go - my good intentions of not mentioning that program fall by the wayside, but as it's directly relevant, my failure is only to be expected) digging up of the front garden and importing goats.
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The Modern Peasant Jojo writes beautifully - a truly easy read with points made delightfully simply. For a cookery book that might sound odd but putting recipes in context makes this more than just another cookery book. On only one days read i will be making my own yoghurt!
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wonderful book full of fascinating facts and stories.
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