Great Dixter is world famous for its beautiful garden - the perfect complement to the medieval manor house restored by architect Edwin Lutyens at the beginning of the 20th century. As the family home of the gardener and garden writer Christopher Lloyd, it is not the extraordinary house but the vegetable garden and the orchard which feature in The Great Dixter Cookbook.
Celebrating homegrown seasonal produce, Great Dixter's vegetable gardener and cook, Aaron Bertelsen, continues to nurture Lloyd's inspiring philosophy ('garden and kitchen, gardener and cook') through a collection of 70 sumptuous recipes.
Finger through the pages and you'll find three main chapters: Growing Fruit & Vegetables, Recipes, and Garden Diary. The first gives a useful rundown of Lloyd and Bertelsen's favourite varieties for growing (Cobra French Beans, Doyenné du Comice pears, Famingo Swiss Chard, to give you a taster). The receipes are truly tempting: from a very English Blackberry Fool, colourful Tomato Tart, Beetroot and Chocolate Cake, and a very tender Slow-cooked Shoulder of Lamb, to the more exotic Börek (Turkish spinach and feta pastries), this is hearty, wholesome food which will satisfy both the tastebuds and provide a culinary solution to the glut of produce from the veg patch. The Garden Diary has some really useful guidance for garden chores and tips, arranged by season, and to help beginners and more-informed gardeners alike. From harvesting, pruning and preserving, to planting, plant protection and watering, it's a handy reminder of what to do when.
Whether you've visited Great Dixter (and bought produce from the vegetable garden, grown for the kitchen but also sold from the splendid timber porch of the house), seeking new recipes to enjoy the product of all your hard work in the garden, or just a keen cook big on heartwarming, comfort food, then this book will delight.
Illustrated with mouthwatering photographs by Andrew Montgomery.
Head over to the Burford Jottings where we're thrilled to include three sumptuous recipes from The Great Dixter Cookbook: Pickled Pears, Tomato Tart, and Beetroot Bake with Parmesan.
Size: 270 x 205 mm (10 5/8 x 8 1/8 in)
Pages: 240 pp
Illustrations: 150 illustrations