In this bestselling book, Hugh writes about the year on his Dorset smallholding. He recalls, month by month, the highs and lows of past years, and anticipates the 12 months ahead - what'll be in season when, and when'll be the best months to crack on with such tasks as chick rearing and sheep shearing, haymaking and hedge laying. But, for all its outdoorsy information, the real focus of The River Cottage Year is indoors - at Hugh's kitchen table. With over 100 brand new recipes, this is above all a cookery book and for once a genuinely seasonal one, celebrating local seasonal produce at its very best - chestnuts in January, artichokes in March, rhubarb in April, asparagus in May, strawberries in June, blackcurrants in July, tomatoes in August, plums in September, apples in October, pumpkins in November and parsnips in December…Full of his hard-earned smallholder's wisdom, seasoned with his infectious good humour, The River Cottage Year is Hugh's rallying cry for us to reclaim the seasons.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has become widely known as a writer and broadcaster for his uncompromising commitment to real food and honest home cooking. His three series for Channel 4 television - A Cook on the Wild Side, TV Dinners and most recently the River Cottage programmes - have earned Hugh a huge popular following. As a recipe writer, restaurant critic and commentator on modern food issues he has written for the independent on Sunday, Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Times, as well as appearing on BBC's Question Time and Channel Four News. His most recent book, The River Cottage Cookbook, has been welcomed by critics as one of the most original food books for years and won the 2002 Andre Simon Award for the Cookbook of the Year as well as the 2002 Guild of Food Writers Michael Smith Award. He has four times been nominated for the prestigious Glenfiddich Food Awards, winning once with the second series of A Cook on the Wild Side. Hugh lives in the West Country with Marie and their son Oscar.