Country House Harvest is a celebration of food and the role that it has played, and continues to play, in the long-term viability of some of Britain’s privately-owned historic houses.

As well as including a number of recipes that are associated with the owners, house or region, the book will also include a brief history of the property and current family, and will explore how each property has worked with food (in its broadest sense) to subsidies its income or otherwise enhance the long-term viability of the property and estate. Some owners have opened tea rooms, farm shops, restaurants and hotels, and it is this aspect of each property and their relationship with food that will be explored.

Country House Harvest will also allow readers to plan days out, because all of the properties that will be featured will be open to the public, whether this is a walled garden, formal gardens or parts of the house; there will also be a food-related outlet for visitors to enjoy high quality food and beverages. The recipes will provide a real link between the property and the readers, who will be able to recreate the dishes favoured by those featured in the book.

A synopsis of the book, information about the authors and reasons why the book should be published can be read and downloaded here.

A PDF of the draft foreword and an outline chapter, which includes a recipe, can be read and downloaded here: Country House Harvest.

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