Gubbeen - The Story of a Working Farm and its Foods by Giana Ferguson - Recipes are included in every section to illustrate and celebrate the farm produce, resulting in a truly inspirational read.
This is an exceptional insight into the running of a traditional farm, from how to look after your animals (poultry, pigs and cows) to cheese-making, smoking meats and growing your own fruit and veg. The book comprises of four voices – Tom, Giana, Fingal and Clovisse – who talk about their passions and positions on the farm. Tom has worked the land all his life, following the old farming ways of his forbearers; Giana controls the dairy as well as keeping a keen eye on the poultry; their son Fingal uses the pigs to make bacon and smoked goods from the Smokehouse (and has a side-line in creating beautiful knives for famous chefs); and their daughter Clovisse grows chemical-free vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers in the Kitchen Garden (this section comes out of a conversation with Joy Larkcom, her mentor).
Recipes are included in every section to illustrate and celebrate the farm produce, resulting in a truly inspirational read.