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A Country Cook's Kitchen: American Style Icon

Written by Alison Walker, Photographed by Tara Fisher

  • March 13, 2012
  • Hardcover
  • Cooking - General
  • Rizzoli
  • 8-1/4 x 10-5/8
  • $35.00
  • $37.50
  • 978-0-8478-3839-4

About This Book

Traditional culinary skills are enjoying a widespread revival as more home cooks reject fast-food culture in favor of heirloom, artisanal, and organic “slow” foods. Home-produced delicacies taste even better when patiently prepared and much anticipated, and this revival has prompted many to seek out and master the skills that their grandparents would have taken for granted.

This book covers all aspects of the country kitchen, from the simple pleasures of making hearty breads and fresh farmhouse-style cheeses to preserving the harvest’s bounty of fruit and vegetables for year-round enjoyment and the arts of curing, smoking, and salting meats.  

The techniques collected here have stood the test of time. Additional chapters cover seasonal ingredients, foraging for wild food, and collecting and using vintage “kitchenalia.”  There is also a comprehensive section explaining basic skills as well as a chapter on ingredients. Stunning color photography showcases recipes and techniques to full effect. Locavores and foodies who have revived popular interest in local, traditional, and heirloom foods will be sure to want to have this volume in their collection.  

About the Author

Alison Walker is the cooking editor of Country Living and is widely regarded as Britain’s leading authority on country culinary traditions. 


  • “To be clear, I receive a huge amount of cookbooks.  Very rarely do they stand apart from one another, but “A Country Cook’s Kitchen” is most certainly in a class by itself.  With gorgeous photography and a collection of recipes that are straightforward enough for novices, these are some cooking essentials that you may not have ever known you wanted to have at the ready for when your chums come ’round for a visit.” “It’s a most impressive volume, and while you might not be able to get a full meal out of its contents, it really doesn’t matter.  These little dishes and sides, both sweet and savory have inspired me to get cracking in the kitchen and try out these wonderful flavor combinations.  If you don’t believe me, have a flip-through at your local bookshop.  The stunning photos and evocative pairings will capture your imagination.”
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