james rich book launch Apple

A member of the Rich’s Cider Farm family near Burnham-On-Sea has launched a new apple-themed cookbook.

James Rich, the son of cider maker Martin Rich, is a cook and food writer and has released his debut book, Apple: Recipes From The Orchard.

He says the book, which has been launched this week, is inspired by the tastes of ciderland, with almost 100 recipes featuring apple produce, from cider and juice, to vinegar and Somerset cider brandy.

The book has already even been given the seal of approval by Jamie Oliver, who says it is “a beautiful collection of recipes from a real expert – James really knows his stuff.”

Inspiration for the book came while James, as a teenager, worked in the restaurant at the cider farm in Watchfield, near Highbridge.

The book combines some old favourite recipes with a host of brand-new ideas.

James Rich’s family has been making a living from apples for centuries. He grew up helping his dad at work: planting the orchards, pressing the apples to gather the juice, and even helping to clean the giant 5,700-litre oak vats that are used during the fermenting process.

“In the book, you’ll find light bites, whether that’s a nutritious breakfast of Nutty Apple Granola, or tangy Goat’s Cheese, Apple and Honey Tarts for an easy picnic lunch,” he says.

“There are also feasts soaked in cider, from a wholesome Chicken, Cider and Cheddar Crumble for supper to Braised Pork Knuckles In Cider cooked slow and steady for an added depth and enhanced flavour.”

“Sides and Sauces see sharp and tangy flavours transform flavour combinations; and there are also Sweet Things to treat yourself with, whether it’s an Autumn Fruit Pavlova with Apple and Vanilla Cream or a refreshing Cider Sorbet on a hot day.”

“Drinks are also not forgotten, from the summery Orchard Cocktail to the warming Cider Brandy Hot Toddy and Mulled Apple Juice with Rhubarb and Ginger.”

A passionate home cook, as a child James was encouraged to explore food and flavour in the kitchen by his grandmother, who showed him the basics and helped develop his cooking. He now divides his time between Somerset and living in London, working as a food writer.

Published by Hardie Grant, the book is available at Rich’s Cider Farm and also online here.