National Trust Complete Country Cookbook

National Trust Complete Country Cookbook

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by Laura Mason
     
 

A wonderful collection of more than 200 traditional recipes represent the best of British country cooking, including lesser-known regional country gems

There are mouthwatering recipes here for every occasion, including soups, starters, and light meals; hearty stews and pies; delicious puddings and teatime treats; and fruity jams

Overview

A wonderful collection of more than 200 traditional recipes represent the best of British country cooking, including lesser-known regional country gems

There are mouthwatering recipes here for every occasion, including soups, starters, and light meals; hearty stews and pies; delicious puddings and teatime treats; and fruity jams and spicy chutneys. The rhythms of rural life influenced country meals and dishes and led to tasty slow-cooked stews and hotpots and the rituals of baking bread, cakes, and pies. There is a balance of classic "good plain cooking" and rich, well-seasoned dishes often rooted in a particular region and focusing on local ingredients. Cooks can choose from time-honored family favorites such as Slow Roast Belly Pork with Root Vegetables, Shepherd's Pie, Apple Cake, and Bakewell Pudding, or discover lesser-known regional country gems like Cornish Fish Pie, traditional Welsh Stew, or Cumberland Girdle Cakes. Includes dual measures.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 12/02/2013
This delightful collection of country cookery prizes the relationship between the bucolic landscapes of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland and the food its land produces and sustains. Chock-full of family and regional recipes that utilize seasonal produce and farm-raised animals, this collection of recipes shows how rural life influenced country meals and led to slow-cooked hearty stews and rituals of bread baking, cakes, and pies. While this type of living may conjure up images of heavy, stick-to-your-ribs recipes, they are by no means the only offerings. Spinach soup , asparagus tartlets, deviled chicken, and summer green vegetable stew highlight the lighter offerings, while port pie, lamb meatballs, ragout of oxtail, and chicken, ham, and leek pie will satisfy and nourish on even the coldest days. Vegetable side dishes are simply superb, especially peas with cream, puréed sprouts, and stewed red cabbage. Cakes reign supreme, however, as Caraway Cake and Walsingham Honey Cake certainly prove. Glorious full-color photos enhance this outstanding collection. The most substantial section centers on main courses and is conveniently subdivided into pork, lamb, beef, chicken and poultry, game, and fish/shellfish categories. Additional sections on puddings, jams and preserves, and sauces pastry and stuffings round out an inviting and useful compilation that every home cook will want to own. (Dec.)
From the Publisher

"an inviting and useful compilation that every home cook will want to own." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781907892455
Publisher:
National Trust, Aylesbury
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Laura Mason is a food historian and the author of several books, including Good Old-fashioned Pies and Stews, Good Old-fashioned Roasts, and The National Trust Farmhouse Cookbook. She is a British coordinator of the Slow Food Movement.

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SandrasBookNook More than 1 year ago
This is not my first "National Trust" cookbook. I loved "Simply Baking", and couldn't wait to get into this one. I was not disappointed. This is classic British food. From the simplicity of a "Welsh Rarebit" to a classic "Roast Goose with Sage and Onion" (on my list for Christmas this year!) and from a simple "Light Sponge Cake" to the quintessential "Staffordshire Fruitcake", this cookbook is perfect for Anglophiles. The sponge cake is easy, but the flavor is amazing. A little tip, though. When they tell you to grease and line the cake tin, line it!! I tried the old faithful grease and flour the pan, and it didn't want to come out of the pan. Ah, well. That's an easy fix--just cut it up and whip up a trifle! Speaking of which, I was a little surprised that this cookbook lacked a trifle recipe. "Cornish Pasties" are a favorite with my girls. I know she says not to use minced beef instead of steak, but I used what I had and they're still great. "Champ", the classic Irish comfort food--mashed potatoes with buttermilk and chives--is so easy, but so delicious. If you are looking for quick, easy recipes with only common American ingredients, this might not be the book for you. If you love British food, or just want to expand your horizons a bit, I highly recommend this cookbook. I received a copy of this book from Trafalgar Square Publishing through IPG for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.