We were recently sent a copy of the cook book titled for the Love of the Land compiled by Jenny Jeffries.
On first inspection the hardcopy book is beautifully made and doesn’t look out of place on my shelf next to my favourite cook books and regenerative agriculture tomes.
Following an inspiring foreword by NFU president Minette Batter, Jenny Jeffries outlines her aims for the book. She wishes to bridge the gap between city and country, to educate and to celebrate the farmers who are committed to sustainability and producing our food come rain or shine.
During these difficult times Jenny makes mention of the fact that many of us have been reconnecting with our families, slowing down and cooking more.
When the supermarket shelves were empty the general public turned to local butchers and farm shops to source their produce; demonstrating just how important it is to have a local food economy.
I for one hope this trend continues and consumers carry on supporting their local independent food and drink shops. The food tastes better and it’s the best way to ensure the survival of British Farming for years to come.
Flicking through the pages of this colourful book, it’s great to see lots of familiar faces and also lots of farmers and food producers I don’t know. As someone who enjoys travelling the UK and meeting interesting farmers and food producers, I look forward to visiting some of these farms in the near future.
The recipes are also beautifully written and photographed. The Venison, Port and Bay Casserole by Daylesford caught my attention as did the Ribeye Tartare by English Farm and the Winter Farmhouse Braised Roast by Broughgammon Farm.
Thank you to Jenny for celebrating these wonderful farms and recipes. I will be looking them up on instagram and following their farming adventures online.
If you’d like to buy Jenny’s book you can find it on Amazon below: