A Taste of the Country is a celebration of country living and how to get involved with the land and the food that you eat. As well as over 80 recipes for traditional British farmhouse dishes from shepherd's pie to rhubarb and strawberry crumble, there is information about gathering wild food, keeping chickens, growing salads, pickling, preserving and much more. Jimmy takes you from the farmyard and back garden, into the fields, hedgerows and woods and back to the kitchen, barbeque or open fire to prepare a feast of wild foods, home-grown produce and quality local ingredients. Whether you live in the town or in the countryside, the lifestyle captured here guarantees your very own taste of the good life.
Jimmy Doherty was born in the beautiful Essex countryside, and has been passionate about nature and farming for as long as he can remember. After leaving school, he became an entomologist at Molehall Wildlife Park, the Natural History Museum and Coventry University but in 2003, he decided to leave the study of insects behind him to set up a rare breed pig farm in Suffolk. His trials and tribulations were filmed by the BBC and he wrote his first book, On the Farm, to accompany the TV series of the same name. Jimmy has since presented a number of other BBC TV series including Jimmy Doherty's Farming Heroes, Jimmy's Food Factory and Museum of Life. He still lives and works on the farm with his wife, 300 or so pigs, four cows, 15 sheep, two dogs, two cats and 100 chickens.