Alison Walker is the Food & Drink Editor of Country Living Magazine and loves cooking with British seasonal ingredients. After gaining experience in editorial magazine publishing, she retrained as a professional chef at Leiths School of Food and Wine in London and graduated as Student of the Year in 2002. She then worked as a food stylist on various television programmes and movie sets, such as the Bond film Die Another Day. Since then, Alison has worked as a food editor on various glossy women's magazines in London. Immediately before joining Country Living Magazine, she was Head of Cookery at Good Housekeeping.
'This is a comprehensive guide to the delights of `country cooking' in all its forms, from the simple pleasures of baking bread and cakes, to curling, dairy-making, bottling, potting and preserving.' * Great British Food * 'Clear recipes and very good instructions' * Fork Magazine * 'Contains some lovely recipes' * Vegetarian Living * 'This cookbook manages to dip into your imagination and offer all the marvels you might expect to come out of a traditional country kitchen.' * Caterer & Hotelkeeper * `If you want to get back to basics and fill the larder then Alison Walker's The Essential Cook's Kitchen, another winner from Jacqui Small, should fit the bill, easy to follow, it takes you through skills that were once second nature. You don't have to have a farm or the kitchen to go with it, the recipes are scaled for the modern cook - and I love the homely illustrations too.' * The Bookseller * 'This inspiring book will take you step by step through the simple pleasures of making artisan breads and farmhouse- style cheeses to preserving the autumn harvest fro year-round enjoyment and the simple, satisfying arts of curing, smoking and salting meats.' * Country Living *