A Taste of the Country

A traditional farmhouse cookbook by a very twenty-first-century farmer

Jimmy Doherty

A celebration of country living and how to get involved with the land and the food that you eat, with over 80 recipes for traditional British farmhouse dishes and lots of information about gathering, growing and producing your own scrumptious food.

978 0 565 09284 9
March 2011
230 x 200 mm
320 pp
Colour photographs throughout
Natural History Museum


Jimmy Doherty takes you from the farmyard and back garden, into the fields, hedgerows and woods and back to the kitchen, barbeque or open fire to prepare a feast of wild foods, home-grown produce and quality local ingredients. Whether you live in the town or in the countryside, the lifestyle captured here guarantees your very own taste of the good life.

As well as over 80 recipes for traditional British farmhouse dishes from shepherd’s pie to rhubarb and strawberry crumble, there is information about gathering wild food, keeping chickens, growing salads, pickling, preserving and much more.

The book was first published in hardback in 2006. It is being reissued by the Natural History Museum in spring 2011.

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Homemade shepherd's pie.

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The secrets of a tasty chicken sandwich.

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Liver and bacon – simple but so tasty.

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The most common cuts of beef explained.

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A recipe for brown bread ice cream – and you don't need an ice-cream machine to make it.

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Gazpacho soup – cold, refreshing and delicious.

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How to make wild strawberry syllabub.

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Braised pigeon recipe.

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Advice on how to build a fire.


Jimmy Doherty was born in the beautiful Essex countryside, and has been passionate about nature and farming for as long as he can remember. 

After leaving school, he became an entomologist at Molehall Wildlife Park, the Natural History Museum and Coventry University but in 2003, he decided to leave the study of insects behind him to set up a rare breed pig farm in Suffolk. His trials and tribulations were filmed by the BBC and he wrote his first book, On the Farm, to accompany the TV series of the same name. 

Jimmy has since presented a number of other BBC TV series including Jimmy Doherty’s Farming Heroes, Jimmy’s Food Factory and Museum of Life

He still lives and works on the farm with his wife, 300 or so pigs, four cows, 15 sheep, two dogs, two cats and 100 chickens.

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"Jimmy will inspire everyone to care more about food, from how it's farmed to where to buy the best produce as well as making people realise that they can live the good life too. . . A great book – everyone should own a copy."

Heat Magazine

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