Enjoy the comforts of the English countryside with 100 seasonal recipes to savor throughout the year and thoughtful essays about living farm-to-table—from British chef-turned-farmer Julius Roberts.
“A heartwarming and uplifting book. The recipes are utterly gorgeous.”—Nigel Slater
“Julius is a true artist and his talents are an inspiration.”—Courteney Cox
Professionally trained chef Julius Roberts left a busy and frantic London restaurant life to pursue his dream of living sustainably on a small farm in the English countryside. The Farm Table transports us to his farmstead, taking us through a calendar year with diary entries and images grounded in the natural world. We take joy in reading about new goats and sheep being born, learn to grow some vegetables, and forage for simple herbs and flowers, all while discovering Julius's outstanding recipes.
Broken into sections based on the season, The Farm Table encourages cooking with seasonality in mind through scrumptious recipes to inspire joy and confidence in the kitchen.
• Fall: Braised Pumpkin with Sage and Hazelnuts; Plum and Fig Leaf Jam
• Winter: Chicory Tart Tartin with Thyme and Cheese; Slow Cooked Squid with Saffron and Chickpeas
• Spring: Spicy Green Salad with Nuts and Pecorino; Barbequed Wild Quail with Garlic Butter and Tahini Sauce
• Summer: Squash Blossom Ravioli; Fire Grilled Plums with Brandy, Labneh, and Mint
Combining honest tales from farming life, delicious home-cooked recipes, and stunning photography of the Dorset countryside and coast, The Farm Table encourages us to embrace the pace of a slower life, take inspiration and delight from nature, and always gather around the table to enjoy the journey.
Julius Roberts is a first-generation farmer and restaurant-trained chef with a story that started in the kitchen of award-winning London restaurant Noble Rot. Inspired by the seasonal ethos and stunning produce of the suppliers who delivered to the restaurant each morning, he left the city on a mission to reconnect with nature and live a self-sufficient life in the countryside. There began a wonderful journey of learning, animal husbandry, and foraging and growing his own food on a small farm in Dorset. Starring in A Taste of the Country on Channel 5 in the UK and now with his first book The Farm Table, Julius shares recipes and stories inspired by his life on the farm.
“With every recipe, Julius has a joyous way of inviting you into his farm and bringing you a piece of the English countryside wherever you are in the world. The Farm Table is delightfully dynamic; you can feel the seasons changing as you’re flipping through the pages! It captures the essence of seasonal cooking with so many effortlessly delicious, comforting, and homey recipes. Julius teaches home cooks to appreciate the beauty in simplicity and to get inspired by seasonal ingredients with every occasion.”—Carolina Gelen, recipe developer, food stylist, and videographer
“The words of Julius Roberts paint a picture as warm as the recipes he’s created. Qualities like organic or holistic or natural aren’t superlative enough to describe his cooking and approach to food. He’s a true artist and his talents are an inspiration.”—Courteney Cox, actress and filmmaker
“Julius brings to light the beauty and dedication of farm-to-table cooking. Truly a piece of art!”—Hannah Neeleman, co-owner of Ballerina Farm