For many years, we have talked about creating a Pipers Farm cookbook. It just makes sense – we have truly beautiful recipes, pictures that make you want to cook and eat the dishes, and potent, rich imagery of our own farm and the farmers we work with to help bring it all to life in your kitchens. At the beginning of 2020, we were invited to chat with a brilliant publisher about a book. 18 months later, we are very proud to share with you, our vision has become a reality and the Pipers Farm cook book has just gone to print.
We wanted our book to be more than ‘just another cook book’. Our founding principles of farming in partnership with nature, using native breeds to convert glorious grass into majestic meat, and supporting family farms not factory farms, are of course at its core.
Society is finally waking up to how the food we eat shapes the world we live in, and we wanted to weave the wisdom we have found in our community- connected, nature-first farming into the book as well as the food itself. So between the recipes that follow the farming year and reflect the seasonality of ingredients, you will find short explorations of food and farming issues, championing native breeds, examining the loss of small family farms, abattoirs, the glory of venison, and the concept of cooking flow.
We are so excited to share the book with you – it has been a labour of love written through troubled times, but we believe it is brim-full of hope and will bring so much pleasure and positivity.
Great things happen when we gather around a table to share good food, and grounded wisdom. We hope this book brings you both.
You'll find recipes for roasts, guides for fire cooking, low and slow feasts that soothe the soul, and a whole chapter full of fool-proof Pipers Farm Christmas magic, including some really special recipes that have been handed down through generations.
We hope you will splatter it with sauce and keep it on your kitchen shelf as a well loved guide for how to get the best out of lovingly produced, sustainably reared meat.