I was looking for a new book to read and a girlfriend recommended A Good Harvest from Rural Woman New Zealand. The wonderful folk at Random House sent me this lovely book to review. I love that this book is divided into individual chapters of fruit and vegetables. So you can simply turn to any chapter and find out several different age old family recipes to make with that fruit or vegetable. So if you like to bottle, preserve, cook or grow your own produce this book is a must.
This book has taught me that I don't just need to make jam or freeze fruit but that there are lots of other possibilities. At the moment I have lots of lemons and just a quick look I could make a super yummy lemon yoghurt cake (I've made this fantastic and super easy cake twice now all in the name of research!!) or curd or several different marmalades or lemon honey. This book is cram packed full of recipes which have been passed down in families often for generations so the recipes are tried and true! Each chapter also has a detailed and invaluable growing tips guide.
A Good Harvest allows you to make the most of your own garden (or whatever is in session); from which variety to grow and how to grow right through to how to make the most of that fruit or vegetable for a year round supply. In the next year I can't wait to make feijoa and blackberry jam, sparkling elderflower cordial (if my tree complies), fruit salad jam and zucchini spice loaf just to name a few yummies! This book will have pride of place on my kitchen recipe shelf and come this summer I will be pulling it out often!