Winter is a time for hearty stews, thick soups, belly filling pasta and chocolate desserts. In our cookbook of the week, Winter on the Farm: Heartwarming Food for Colder Months, author Matthew Evans whisks you away to chilly winter days in the country, exploring country cooking at its best. Organized in chapters that explore a full day of eating in the country – breakfast, soups, roasts, pasta, vegetables, desserts and drinks, the book is easy to follow, with beautiful pictures which will tantalize any cook.

Matthew is no stranger to those who enjoy watching the cooking channels. He stars in the television series, The Gourmet Farmer. A former restaurant critic and chef who ate out about 500 times a year just for work, Matthew is passionate about what we put in our mouths. He is the author of several books, the most successful being The Real Food Companion, his highly-acclaimed and successful complete kitchen resource. These days he lives the life most of us can only dream about, rearing old breed pigs and chickens, and baking in a woodfired oven on a small farm in Tasmania’s beautiful Huon Valley.

With over 85 winter-warming recipes, from pea, ham and lemon soup, white wine slow roasted chicken, and cottage pie to sticky beef ribs and delicious steamed puddings, Winter on the Farm is the ultimate guide to cooking healthy and hearty winter food, and will inspire you to eat well during the colder, winter months.

Interested in buying this book? Visit – Red Pepper Books – The South African online bookshop, is able to offer you great prices on any book you are looking for, and they deliver to your door.  Red Pepper Books is offering Wickedfood Cooking School subscribers an EXTRA 10% off this book. Simply type in the promotional code WICKEDFOOD on the shipping page of the checkout process and your purchase will be reduced by a further 10%.

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