Parish Cookbook

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‘Salt of the Earth’

This is not just a cookbook, it’s more than that.

In an era when we’re overwhelmed with media on food, what to eat and how to eat it, this is not another lifestyle guide or nutritional magic bullet to add to your shelves. This is a collection of recipes donated by residents of Affpuddle, Briantspuddle and Turnerspuddle, a tiny parish in Dorset, to create a book as an alternative method of fundraising to help maintain and preserve their Grade II listed village hall.

The recipes are accompanied by photographs taken through the seasons giving a snapshot of rural life today, what we’re eating, what we’re growing, the animals we’re keeping and the landscape we’re surrounded by. Hopefully this book will sit on your bookshelf or coffee table to be enjoyed and referred to for many years to come.

All of the recipes, food, props, photography, design and associated time in producing this book have been entirely donated.

Whilst thumbing through its pages you can allow yourself a warm glow of pride knowing your purchase has helped keep a community and a small part of the nation’s heritage together.

On the 15th October 2016 Briantspuddle Village Hall was the venue for the launch of the new local publication. The event was supported by Briantspuddle Village Shop, a volunteer run enterprise. The Shop is also selling calendars, featuring landscape images from the book, as a fundraiser to help support their running costs.

Available to purchase online – search for Salt of the Earth. Also avaialble in Waterstones, Dorchester ISBN: 978 1 5272 0054 8.

Salt of the Earth book cover