Alison Uttley is famous for her books about the country and her children’s books, including the Little Grey Rabbit and Sam Pig series. Previously published in the 1960s as Recipes from an Old Farmhouse, this book is based on the recipes she enjoyed as a child, including Mrs Lowe’s Parkins, named after the neighbour who baked them and different natural remedies, including cough mixture and tinctures. Using her inimitable style, the famous author recalls incidents of childhood, including picking cowslips for cowslip wine and the importance of the seasons for produce in the days before most foodstuffs were available year-round. Divided into sections for different dishes, including cakes, breads and drinks, this is a beautifully written book which will appeal to fans of Alison Uttley, those who love cooking or anyone who wants a good read.
Alison Uttley grew up in Castle Top Farm, in Derbyshire where this book is set. She went on to become a famous author, specialising both in the countryside and children’s stories. She has a very strong fan base.
If you're looking for tradition seasonal fayre with reminiscence of rural life and country traditions then this is a wonderful read. Included in the book, are recipes for savoury delights, pickles and chutneys, puddings, cakes, cheeses, bread, beverages, and even natural recipes to remedy everything from coughs to moths! The author's upbringing in rural Derbyshire really shines through in this informatively written and beautifully illustrated book, which, conveniently, also provides a temperature and measurement guide. The perfect read for anyone interested in traditional cookery, natural remedies, or those who are a fan of Uttley and her previous work.EJH
The book itself is packed with recipes and different natural remedies.www.manchester.ac.uk
When Alison Uttley inherited her mother's collection of hand-written recipes, she decided to publish them. This new edition recaptures the rural idyll on the family farm, and reminds us of the importance of good home-cooked food.The Countryman