THE RIVER COTTAGE YEAR ties in with Hugh's new 10-part Channel 4 series, due for broadcast starting May 2003.
In this new book, the follow-up to his bestselling River Cottage Cookbook, Hugh writes about the year on his Dorset smallholding. He recalls, month by month, the highs and lows of past years, and anticipates the 12 months ahead - what'll be in season when, and when'll be the best months to crack on with such tasks as chick rearing and sheep shearing, haymaking and hedge laying.
But, for all its outdoorsy information, the real focus of THE RIVER COTTAGE YEAR is indoors - at Hugh's kitchen table. With over 100 brand new recipes, this is above all a cookery book and for once a genuinely seasonal one, celebrating local seasonal produce at its very best - chestnuts in January, artichokes in March, rhubarb in April, asparagus in May, strawberries in June, blackcurrants in July, tomatoes in August, plums in September, apples in October, pumpkins in November and parsnips in December...
Full of his hard-earned smallholder's wisdom, seasoned with his infectious good humour, THE RIVER COTTAGE YEAR is Hugh's rallying cry for us to reclaim the seasons.
A tonic for jaded cooks and an utter delight for lovers of real English food - Daily Telegraph
Some lip-smackingly delicious recipes . . . guaranteed to bring out the country girl or boy in you - Heat
Ripe and magnificent . . . a good and beautiful book - Guardian
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is widely known as a broadcaster for his uncompromising commitment to real food and honest home cooking. His many series for Channel 4 have earned Hugh a huge popular following. His first book in the River Cottage series, THE RIVER COTTAGE COOKBOOK, scooped the top food writing awards in 2002, winning the Glenfiddich Trophy, the Andre Simon Food Book of the Year and the Guild of Food Writers' Michael Smith Award. Hugh lives in Dorset with Marie and their three sons.