This book made me feel like I was traveling with the author around the 27 lovely properties she visits across Australia. Her writing evoked images of an open wooden back door, with the wire screen door banging in the wind as you walk up the path. There is no need to knock, just give a little shout out, walk in and sit at the kitchen table.
I was really excited to receive a copy of Country Gardens, Country Hospitality by Holly Kerr Forsyth. A focus on gardens and recipes – a great match! Holly is the author of 11 books on gardening and has been writing about gardens for more than two decades.
As well as being beautifully photographed the book provides a lovely insight into country hospitality. The stories are as much about the food as the garden and history of the home. One of the highlights for me was a look at the garden that supports the renown kitchen of The Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld, Victoria.
Each of the properties visited contributed one or more recipes to the book
Most of the recipes in the book are centered around produce that is grown on the property of the family who provided the recipe. Many of them have been passed down through the family, and have been present at happy family events and milestones.
I was trying to find my favourite garden in the book but I couldn’t choose! The pictures of Glenmore House in NSW left me wanting to see more. The owner Mickey Robertson, is quoted in the book as saying her garden is “not a manicured garden….It has come about through no grand design….it has grown out of a romantic notion”
Many of the books images are easily identifiable as Australian. Most of the gardens are very large, many are beautifully manicured. This type of garden is balanced out by images of properties showing bare red dirt and long grass and weeds.
It is a lovely book to pour over, the stories are engaging and the recipes make it a practical inclusion on the book shelf or coffee table. I have tagged the recipes for Caramelised Fennel Tart and the Almond Honey Slice to try.
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