This is a great book for anyone who's been to a Pig hotel and loved the "feel" of the place, in particular their kitchen gardens. Or for anyone with a passion for cooking, gardening or interiors (or all of the above!)
I would describe it as an excellent coffee table book (as it's very lifestyle-content heavy) and would make a great gift.
Leafing through it feels like reading a particularly epic edition of a home & garden magazine, but with a focus on food. It is interspersed with double page spreads on a variety of topics such as different breeds of pig, growing mushrooms, keeping bees, a guide to garden huts and hosting a BBQ.
And for anyone still reading (!) who wants a bit more information on the content here's a brief summary (there's lots more than I've mentioned):
1. Roots... kitchen memories and home favourites Short and sweet start; the first recipe of the book is rice pudding 2. Porkology... and how to make a sausage As you might guess, lots of porky recipes! I don't eat pork myself but there's an insightful section that talks you through all the different cuts from a pig 3. Pickings... eat up your greens (and yellows and purples) Chapter full of veggie recipes... The highlight for me was a section on edible flowers and there was a useful 'beginner's guide' to veg growing (just a few pages but enough to spur you on) This is the longest chapter by far... Which make sense given The Pig hotels are focussed so much around their kitchen gardens 4. Wild... Foraging finds and hedgerow tips Brief chapter with a handful of recipes 5. Classics... old-school dishes to warm the cockles of your heart A fair few pies, some seafood and puds 6. Tipples... It must be time for a drink by now Drinks recipes (with food pairing suggestions!) 7. Design... Cosy rooms, upcycled finds and the art of unshiny Interior design tips, upcycling ideas and some garden design tips too 8. Chill... The story of how a shed became a spa Took a bit of time to work out what this chapter was about. A bit about the spa interiors, aromatherapy and infusions 9. Uncut... Party tricks, summer feats and a few good tunes BBQs, festivals and a playlist!
This book is lovely.It really showcases generosity of spirit,how to have fun,how to eat and drink well,how to live well.I love the way in which the book brings together many of the simple things that make life great.Creating,relaxing,cooking a feast for family or friends,are just a few of the things that are highlights in this book.I am so pleased to find a beautifully produced cookbook,that is also usable,timeless,and highly practical.After thirty years of cooking,entertaining,and reading hundreds of books about eating,this has moved into my top ten.