The Great Dixter Cookbook: Recipes from an English Garden by Aaron Bertelsen

  • Publisher Phaidon
  • Genre Food
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Great Dixter was home to Christopher Lloyd 1921-2006 and to this day the creative spirit that he instilled into the house and world-renowned garden still flourishes. A prolific gardener and writer, Lloyd was also a self-taught home cook – a number of own-penned recipes are included in Phaidon’s newest cookbook The Great Dixter Cookbook: Recipes from an English Garden.

The cookbook shares the great joys of growing your own fruit and veg with seventy delicious and seasonal recipes from the kitchen garden at Great Dixter, the historic house and garden located on the borders of Kent and Sussex. Christopher Lloyd, the revered gardener and writer who grew up in the house, believed the best way to celebrate home-grown seasonal produce, was with honest, simple cooking.

 The book continues the legacy and history of the garden, house and the extended Lloyd family. Aaron Bertelsen, the author of this cookbook and the vegetable gardener-cook at Great Dixter today, first visited the garden in 1996 as a student as part of its prestigious horticultural programme; he later returned to the garden in 2005 and has worked as the vegetable gardener and resident cook for the house ever since.

This book celebrates the seasons both in the garden and the kitchen, making the most of seasonal home-grown produce or that bought from local producers and the fact that simple cooking is the best way to appreciate the flavour of just-picked peas, plump pears and earthy beetroot.

Published: 20th March 2017

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