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The Lost Orchard

The Lost Orchard

PICKED BY DIANA HENRY AS ONE OF THE TELEGRAPH‘S COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR 2019.

‘Blanc set about the most thorough apple-tasting and cooking project I have heard of . . . [The Lost Orchard] condenses the highlights, his love letters to the forgotten apple breeds.’ The Times

‘The legendary chef opens the door to a living library of lost varieties of heritage English fruit in a treasury of recipe and reflection.’ Waterstones Weekly


‘I began to dream about an orchard filled with thousands of fruit trees… Today we have an orchard with over 150 ancient varieties of apple. Each one has its heritage in a village or a county that used to thrive on that particular variety. They tell the story not only of what we have lost in Britain but also what we could regain.’

Over the past seven years, Raymond Blanc has planted an orchard of 2,500 trees in the grounds of his hotel-restaurant in Oxfordshire. Yielding about 30 tonnes of fruit for his kitchen each year, it is full of ancient and forgotten varieties of British apples and pears, along with walnut trees, quince, medlars, apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums, damsons and cherries. A further 600 heritage fruit trees have been added from Raymond’s home region of Franche-Comté in France.

The Lost Orchard is a love letter to each of these varieties, complete with beautiful black and white drawings, photographs of Belmond Le Manoir and fascinating information and anecdotes about each fruit, along with recipes and stories.
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Genre: Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure / Natural History / Trees, Wildflowers & Plants

On Sale: 14th November 2019

Price: £20

ISBN-13: 9781472267573

Reviews

The legendary chef opens the door to a living library of lost varieties of heritage English fruit in a treasury of recipe and reflection.
Waterstones Weekly
The recipes are lovely. . . [The Lost Orchard] is about Blanc's love of orchards and how he established one in England . . . It's also a guide to the varieties of apple, pear, fig, quince and stone fruit he has planted . . . offering tasting notes and history for each. As useful for gardeners as for cooks.
Diana Henry, The Telegraph - One of their Top 20 cookbooks of the year 2019
Raymond Blanc has created a garden haven at his Le Manoir restaurant in Oxfordshire . . . keenly aware of the perilous state of heritage apples, pears, cherries, medlars and quinces, he was determined to add an orchard of forgotten fruits to his ensemble. This magical book describes his quest and the hard work needed.
Simple Things
Blanc set about the most thorough apple-tasting and cooking project I have heard of . . . [The Lost Orchard] condenses the highlights, his love letters to the forgotten apple breeds.
The Times
Blanc says [apples are] . . . the root of everything. A kind of symbol for Britain to move forward by reconnecting with the past.
The Times