Five Fat Hens: The Chicken & Egg Cookbook

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'I was born at home in time for lunch - the doctor lured me out with a cold roast chicken sandwich. Dad had just popped downstairs to make up a few rounds - one for the doctor, another for the midwife and one for himself. Mum was busy...' So says Tim Halket in the Introduction to his engaging and original book, Five Fat Hens. A love of eating and good ingredients led Tim to build a hen house in the corner of his garden for a daily harvest of fresh eggs. His take on the role of keeping chickens is amusing and insightful but this book is more than just a DIY guide to keeping a few free range birds, or a new slant on a chicken themed cookbook. Much in the style of Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries it takes the reader through an entire year, month by month, skilfully combining the author's passion for cooking in diary form interwoven with his recipes, his thoughts and observations and with the premise that even the smallest garden can be home to a supply of the freshest eggs imaginable. Tim is neither a trained chef nor a small-holding farmer, his recipes draw on his real experience in the kitchen and he reproduces food that he enjoys cooking on a daily basis for his family and friends. He ranges from the highly original such as Duelos y Quebrantos and Persian Chicken Supper through variations on everyday Italian or French classics to simple and comforting nursery food. This timely book passionately describes an appealing style of life and will inspire all food lovers whether they intend to keep chickens or not.

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I love this book: totally unaffected real recipes you want to cook. 'I sincerely hope you will keep this book - food splattered and grease stained - in the kitchen,' Mr Halket writes. I will and you should, too. --Leslie Geddes-Brown, Country Life magazine

'A year-long diary in recipes and anecdotes from a Suffolk country kitchen. Halket is a home cook and engaging storyteller who keeps his own hens and feeds his family from them daily. Look to him for suitably comforting platefuls - boozy prunes and custard, French toast, boiled egg and soldiers...' --The Guardian, October 2015.

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Tim Halket was born in Bromsgrove in 1967. Aged ten his family moved to Cambridge. He left school at sixteen with few formal qualifications and worked for a while as a draughtsman. He met his future wife, Annie, on his seventeenth birthday. In his early twenties he opened an art gallery in Cambridge, later enrolling at the Architectural Association to study Architecture. He has spent his recent years as a full-time house-husband and fits his writing in around his children's needs. Throughout his life food has remained a constant comfort and he continues to write about food, whether it is for his local parish magazine or his next book. Any spare time is spent with his family and friends or trying to keep his old sportscars on the road. He lives in Suffolk with his wife and three children. He cooks for them everyday.

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