Sarah Raven, writer, cook, broadcaster and teacher, is the expert on all things to grow, cut and eat from your garden. Her book Sarah Raven’s Garden Cookbook won the prestigious Guild of Food Writers Cookery Book of the Year 2008. Her Christmas cookbook called Sarah Raven’s Complete Christmas Food and Flowers was also published by Bloomsbury. She is currently working on a book called Sarah Raven’s Cookery Year.
Sarah has been a regular presenter on the BBC Gardeners’ World and has been a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and The Food Programme. She is also an inspirational and passionate teacher, running cooking, flower arranging and gardening courses at the school she set up in 1999 at her farm in East Sussex.
Photographs by Jonathan Buckley
The only book this year that provides every recipe and idea that you will need to plan and enjoy the months ahead of Christmas to New Year’s Eve. Sarah Raven, author of 2007’s stunning Garden Cookbook (voted cookbook of the year by the Guild of Food Writers’ and the Independent), presents the last word on food, flowers and decorations for the Christmas season. First, Sarah guides us through the Christmas build-up, suggesting puddings, sauces and edible presents to prepare before everything becomes too hectic. She then offers maximum-impact, minimum-fuss flowers and decorations, stylish party nibbles and a host of Yuletide meals for every palate, including a last-minute recipe for the all-important Christmas pudding. Finally, she sees us safely through Christmas Day, Boxing Day and beyond, with fantastic ideas for the inevitable mountain of leftovers. Sarah Raven is the perfect companion for Christmas, with her unrivalled expertise both indoors and in the garden and her emphasis on traditional methods with a fresh, modern aesthetic. With 175 food recipes and 40 recipes for flowers, and complemented as always by Jonathan Buckley’s sumptuous photographs, Sarah Raven’s Christmas Book will be a must-have manual for every home next Christmas and for many years to come.
PUBLICATION DATE: October 2008
Photographs by Jonathan Buckley
Inspired by childhood excursions with her botanist father, Sarah Raven has travelled the length and breadth of the British Isles to find 500 of our most breathtakingly beautiful wild flowers.
This lavishly illustrated book is divided byhabitat, covering woods, downs and dales, lanes and hedgerows, meadows, coast, marshes and streams, moors and mountains, and wasteland. Sarah introduces a wide range of plants, telling you theirnames and something about them – how to identify thefamilies, how they’re brilliantly adapted to their environment, theirimportance to animals and insects, what herbal remedies they can beused for, the story behind their common names and the part they play inlocal history.
Join Sarah on trips to see pulsatillas, fritillaries, bluebells, wildgarlic, harebells, forget-me-nots, foxgloves, wood spurge, silverweed,purple cranesbill, deadly nightshade, St John’s wort, comfrey, orchids,wood sorrel, snowdrops and more.
There are glorious landscape photographs by Jonathan Buckley throughout, and one of his stunning plant portraits accompanies each of Sarah’s authoritative, captivating species descriptions. Informative and lovely, Sarah Raven’s Wild Flowers is a botanical marvel.
PUBLICATION DATE: October 2011
In this enormous and beautiful book, Sarah Raven takes us through the year with recipes that will appeal to best friends, children, uncles and mother-in-laws alike. Whether roasting rose flavoured marshmallows round a bonfire or tucking into a glorious Christmas lunch, there is something here for everyone. Sarah’s seasonal recipes are utterly delectable, and include Beetroot tart with horseradish cream, Sussex stewed steak, Sesame salmon with pea pesto, Parsnip and sweet potato chips, Rabbit pie, Barbecued lamb kebabs with spiced aubergine sauce, Pork and porcini casserole, Banbury cakes, Blackcurrant mousse ice cream, plumb syllabub and Tarte tatin – which can be accompanied by glasses of home-made Ginger beer or Danish glogg. Stylish and gorgeously illustrated with photographs by Jonathan Buckley, this book is a joyous celebration of both the countryside and of fantastic food, and one that you’ll turn to for inspiration again and again.
PUBLICATION DATE: 7th June 2010
‘Sarah’s recipes are friendly, practical, inspiring and often ingeniously simple. This brilliant and timely book puts fresh, seasonal, local fruit and veg back where they belong: right at the heart of every good cook’s kitchen. It’s pretty much the book I was hoping to write myself. I’ll have to think of something else now…’ Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall ‘How could anyone not want to grow and cook their own food after reading this book? Sarah’s enthusiasm, wisdom and encouragement shine through on every page. It will be as invaluable in the kitchen as it will be in the garden’ Nigel Slater ‘This is a unique book for both gardeners and cooks, combining Sarah’s passion for growing herbs, salads and vegetables with a wide variety of delicious seasonal recipes’ Rose Gray
PUBLICATION DATE: 4th June 2007