In praise of HFW

October 6, 2007 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

Managed to pick this up in WHSmiths for a tenner! I think there’s a new edition coming out, which is why they were selling them off cheap, but I’m more than happy with a bargainous old one! I almost bought the River Cottage Family Cookbook too, out of sheer love for HFW, as it was only £5, but it would have put the fear of god into the boyfriend, so I restrained myself…

It’s absolutely fascinating. I read ‘Hugh Fearlessly Eats It All’ a few months ago and it was just like someone putting much more coherently everything I already believed or suspected. The combination of intelligent social commentary and sheer enthusiasm for good food is exactly in line with my own approach to eating and farming. And now I have a beautiful, shiny, 500-page tome of anti-intensive farming arguments and exciting recipes to occupy me. *glee*

It’s already inspired me to buy half a Welsh lamb for the freezer from someone on Downsizer/River Cottage forum. By far the most economical way of doing it, and hopefully we should be getting some very good quality meat! Very exciting.

In other news, I bought loads of dried fruit to soak in brandy for my Christmas cake today. Unfortunately, I forgot the brandy. Oops…

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Entry filed under: books, Christmas, food.

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