Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I heart Hugh



I love Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall; I really do. It is extremely difficult to watch his work at River Cottage here in the US; but following the link you can find many of his episodes, beginning with Escape to River Cottage. (I don't understand why DVDs are region-specific. Just another way to control the market, I guess.) He is so very hands on, jumping in with enthusiasm and vigor. [Actually, a better link to the River Cottage series is http://www.factualtv.com and Search for River Cottage]

We have here The River Cottage Family Cookbook, one I can recommend hands down (JGH, if you don't have this, search it out), written by Hugh and Fizz Carr (I love that name). L made some homemade candies for her friends, the peppermints from this book frankly came out better than the pictures. We have the British original version, so we get to figure out the conversions too. I had thought that double cream was the equivalent to heavy cream here, but not so. L's attempt to make the chocolate truffles was not as successful, but we'll try and tweak it after her French exam today.



Since I'm such a fan, I have a few of his others, bought without ever having seen him in action, so to say:




The book is not crammed full of recipes, although there are plenty. Rather, it is a real guide for kids and teenagers to understand where their food comes from and actually how to make something that tastes good.



20 comments:

Sally said...

Peppermint creams dipped in chocolate: oh, dribble, dribble; munch, munch.

PG said...

Dear Hugh, he is turning into a national treasure - in fact, I think there is a River Cottage Christmas special on tonight. Oddly enough I have none of his books, though I did pluck my first pheasant (successfully) using his instructions from the River Cottage website.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

thanks for the head's up on hugh. I hadn't heard of him before, but I expect my foodie em has...I'll have to see if she has any of his cookbooks.

I have a 14 year old boy to get a present for...he's very interested in food and cooking. do you have a recommendation in terms of a good cook book to give. I prefer giving books over all else when it comes to christmas (well all else in the bought department...I really prefer making something to give, unfortunately I always wait too long so not as many folks as I'd like get the kim creations)

ah, time...

bon appetit!

tut-tut said...

Take a look at The River Cottage Family Cookbook. L finds it the most accessible one I have (and I have lots). Marian Cunningham's Learning to Cook is good, as it is directed at clueless adults, so it is not too kiddish. Fourteen-year-old boys are a bit tricky to buy for. One of the more recent Jamie Oliver books (Cook with Jamie is one) might do.

kmkat said...

I almost cried when he dug up the flowers. But to each his own, I guess. I haven't heard of him -- must look for DVD (no cable or satellite tv at our house)

Kurt said...

That show looks fun.

Shammickite said...

I haven't heard of Hugh, but he looke like a jolly chap that I could get quite fond of! Especially if he makes peppermint cremes dipped in chocolate.

angela said...

Still no sound card but I'll revisit the clip when I do have one...
I don't know this guy but am always on the look out for new recipes. I read somewhere that most people only cook 4 recipes from each cook book. I think that's true of me...

edward said...

need a close up of Frank's face i wanna see his nostrils.

citizen of the world said...

Those candies look really good.

One of the odd things about the blog world is it exposes me to all sorts of things I would otherwise never even ehar of.

JGH said...

Oh, thanks - I absolutely need to see more of Hugh! I have heard of the River Cottage book, but never knew about the series. The cookbook sounds phenomenal and I'll definitely seek it out.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Mr. Hugh is new to me too. Will do some research. Those dipped candies look awesome!

tut-tut said...

Caveat: Watching several shows now, Hugh is not shy about showing everything, including shooting rabbits, birds, etc., for food.

Avid Reader said...

Thanks for inspiring me, I'm going to put together a post of my fave cookbooks (I refurbished an old blog you once liked) I got tired of NOT keeping track of what i was reading, so starting today... an early New Year's Resolution.

lettuce said...

our Hugh, he is quite A Good Thing.

i made truffles a few years back - such a fiddle! and looked a bit dodgy, but tasted delicious

Anonymous said...

every dessert I make looks a bit dodgy! The cakes never look like the photos in the cookbooks--once my SIL made a chocolate nut cake, it fell apart when cut into and really just looked horrible but it tasted really good. Still she was very embarrassed.

Middle Ditch said...

You know, he only lives a stones throw away from where I live. I also love watching his programs and in the MD Christmas special (online on Monday, I hope) his name is mentioned.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

thanks for the suggestions, i had thought of jamie oliver...actually if he's got a cookbook out that has the word naked in the title, I bet trent (my 14 year old friend) would get a giggle out of it....maybe I'll get a couple books...have a list and this wkend f and I will have to brave a trip to the bookshop for a bit of holiday shopping. my plan to make everything is foiled by lack of enough time!

I'm bummed I had hoped cleveland public library would have some escape to river cottage dvds - they have an amazing collection of materials, including dvds - but alas not. thank goodness for youtube

Reya Mellicker said...

Peppermint everything is good.

Love the pics! Happy solstice, Tut, and please thank L for the fabulous music vids.

lorenzothellama said...

He eats too much meat for my liking!


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