An unusual book from Poppyland Publishing imprint Bridge was published in February and is well worth a look.

Orchard Recipes from Eastern England: landscape, fruit and heritage

The East of England is one of the most prolific fruit growing areas of the United Kingdom. Often overlooked in favour of the South East, West Midlands or the West Country, the region has a rich history of fruit growing with orchards being a familiar part of the landscape.

Orchard Recipes from Eastern England not only looks at the history of orchards in eastern England, and of the fruit grown within them, but is also a recipe book, providing examples of how different kinds of fruit typical of the eastern counties, varieties of apple, pear, plum and cherry, can be used and eaten. The authors present a mixture of historic recipes, long-established ‘traditional’ recipes, and also new ones specially devised to make the best use of the fruit most closely associated with the old counties of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

The book is one of the outcomes of ‘Orchards East’, a project supported by the Heritage Fund.

Monica Askay is a cook and food historian with a particular interest in heritage orchards. Her involvement in orchard groups and projects in the Eastern Counties over many years has given her an in depth knowledge of heritage fruits and their culinary properties.

Tom Williamson was born in Hertfordshire but has lived in Norfolk since 1984.  He is Professor of Landscape History at the University of East Anglia and has written widely on landscape archaeology, agricultural history and the history of landscape design.

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Orchard Recipes from Eastern England: landscape, fruit and heritage
Authors Monica Askay and Tom Williamson; Bridge Publishing
Paperback 103 pages; RRP £9.95
ISBN 9781869831325