Friday, October 12, 2012

Hugh's The Man

If you raise or cook a lot of farm-based meats then you probably already own a copy of the River Cottage Meat Book. It's my meat bible, the one book I go to regardless of what I am making, from home-ground sausage to glazing a pheasant. But it wasn't until this week I started actually watching (devouring, really) the amazing River Cottage Series on the BBC. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a chef with a big dream and a beautiful mission. To bring small holding quality food to all of Britain. He's gone from a small 1/3 acre to a 44 acre farm in abut a decade and the shows around his journey have followed the whole way.

I strongly suggest you check out these series, as much for the recipes as the inspiration and politics. You can do what I did and start with Escape to River Cottage or you can just pick any show. All of them are available online in full. All of them have something to teach and share. I especially love the traditions and history incorporated in a lot of the episodes. Things like May Day celebrations, Halloween parties, and Christmas Medieval Feasts with a ten bird roast! (Tuducken, move aside. Hugh fit TEN different birds inside a turkey!)You can also get them through your library or order online (just make sure you order the right discs for your region!).

I can't praise him, his ethic, or his farm enough.

23 Comments:

Blogger Christine said...

Jenna,
I just added adsense to my blog too, and I'm wondering how you got the ads to show up only on your right sidebar and not in between your posts as well?
I find the ones in between the posts too intrusive and I want to get rid of them but I can't figure out how.
Thanks!

October 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger PansWife said...

Loving River Cottage!

October 12, 2012 at 9:47 AM  
OpenID notherethenwhere said...

I love pretty much everything that Hugh's done - I caught one of the early shows on BBC Canada nearly a decade ago, and I was hooked. The books are great, the shows are great, and I really, really love his approach to food.

October 12, 2012 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Kelly McMichael said...

Been going through the series for over a year. LOVE him. Just recently discovered Australia's HFW--has a blog called Whole Larder of Love. He seems pretty awesome, too. Not the same as River Cottage but awesome in a different way.

Just wrote about it yesterday on my blog:

http://homestead101.wordpress.com

October 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Lara said...

Didn't realize I could watch his shows online—looking forward to check them out--Thank you for sharing!

Speaking of Hugh…over the summer I found some Hugh recipes in a column he does for The Guardian, and have tried several of them—they’re delicious and in demand among all the friends and family I've tried them out on.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/series/hughfearnleywhittingstallonfood

October 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Greentwinsmummy said...

I am so pleased you have discovered Hugh! He is my hero,simple as that. Watching the early River Cottage episodes is my favourite thing to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Its all filmed around my neck of the woods. I have never been to an evening/function at the farm but I would love to one day!

GTM x x x

October 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

In the UK Hugh is affectionately known as "Hugh Fearlessly Eat It All"

October 12, 2012 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

My gf and I discovered him earlier this year, have watched all of his shows and LOVED every one! Enjoy!

October 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

My gf and I discovered him earlier this year, have watched all of his shows and LOVED every one! Enjoy!

October 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Kira said...

I love this man too! He's amazing and inspiring and so authentic, honest, and confident but humble, too. I spent all of last winter watching the whole River Cottage series and I continue to watch episodes again and again.

My friends laugh at me because I'm always talk about Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (aka, my friend Hugh) . I love saying his name too!

Check out the River Cottage Veg Everyday book http://www.amazon.co.uk/River-Cottage-Veg-Every-Day/dp/1408812126. It's awesome though you do have to order online (or perhaps special order in your local bookstore) to get it as it's not available in the U.S..

October 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Wait till you see whats on this list people: you are welcome

http://www.dailymotion.com/playlists/user/zodiacza/4


October 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger pawsfurme said...

It's Lunchbox at 11 seconds! :-)
Looks like a fantastic series.

October 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

I've watched quite a bit of this series. Forgot about the book. Need to go put that on my wish list . I also really liked the series the wild gourmets. It was UK based show where a couple harvested wild animal and fish and then made great meals with them.

October 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger Bovey Belle said...

I have pretty well all Hugh's publications, starting with A Cook on the Wild Side. I have always adhered to his ethics although I have to admit, he is a far better vegetable gardener than I am!!!

I can watch his programmes over and over.

October 13, 2012 at 2:55 AM  
Blogger maddie said...

what an awesome find!

October 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger julochka said...

I just watched his program about fish tonight. farmed salmon is off the list. have you seen the chicken programs? he's awesome. glad he's finally come to the US

October 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Spellmonster said...

Ah Jenna, thanks for posting this link! I've never seen this show and your clip alone has me wanting to call in sick all this next week to watch it! (and plant more food!) HA!
Your books and your blog have resonated with a quiet voice in my heart that calls out to live closer to the earth, be more self sufficient and grow my own food. Thank you for everything you have done.

October 13, 2012 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Watched about 2 hours worth last night! Very educational and entertaining show - thanks for the tip!

October 13, 2012 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Justine said...

I am hooked! I just hope they don't get rid of it while i'm in the middle of it like they did with Victorian Farm...

October 14, 2012 at 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Phyllis said...

I am hooked. Couldn't stop watching!

October 14, 2012 at 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love him. I read that later on he goes vegetarian though. Weird!

October 15, 2012 at 1:07 AM  
Blogger thelynns said...

Have you watch "Farm for the Future?

The Lynns

October 15, 2012 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Zucchinimom said...

I had never heard of this so I watched on Youtube...I have one word....OBSESSED! I have watched many episodes and looking forward to seeing the rest.

October 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM  

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