In Orchard cook and writer James Rich explores the huge variety of food that can be found in the English countryside; whether that is in the ancient orchards and hedgerows abundant with ingredients or the humble veg patch or kitchen garden verdant with home-grown staples. Celebrating fruit, including pears, plums, cherries, strawberries, gooseberries, elderflower, blackberries as well and quinces, medlars and apples, James offers more than 60 delightful recipes – both sweet and savory – that are inspired by some of the most famous and delicious home-grown produce from England's ancient gardens.
From Slow-Roasted Pulled Harissa Lamb with Apricot & Chilli Jam or Chicken and Cherry Tray Bake for a special occasion feast, to a simple Apple, Plum and Walnut Cobbler or Chocolate Cobnut Tart for a warming autumnal pudding, James draws inspiration from seasonal produce that will gently encourage you to explore and cook from your own kitchen gardens.
With a focus on core fruits, vegetables and nuts that are grown in orchards and among hedgerows, but which are also easily accessible for people everywhere, as well as a note on foraging and the kitchen pantry, Orchard is a treasure trove of edible gems that you will return to cook from, time and time again.
About the Author
James Rich hails from the ancient and beautiful apple country in Somerset, England. A cider-maker's son, he is a passionate home cook who as a child, was encouraged to explore food and flavor in the kitchen by his grandmother, who showed him the basics and helped develop his cooking. Working as a food writer and brand consultant, James explored the world and lived in the bright lights of the city for over a decade before returning back to his roots. He now lives and works at home in Somerset with his husband and cat and their very own orchard and kitchen garden.