by Rohan Anderson
Cooking / Outdoors
7 x 9.5 inches
200 color photos
Whole Larder Love author and ultimate DIY-er Rohan Anderson is a family man and a modern-day hunter-gatherer living in the historical town of Ballarat, an 1800s gold rush town in Australia. Within this rural landscape Anderson has capitalized on the opportunities for many a culinary adventure. Primarily concerned with how to live off of the land and provide himself and his family with fresh, local food, Anderson has become an expert hunter, fisher, forager, gardener, pickle-er, and sometimes barterer. Anderson now wants to share his secrets and experiences in order to help move people away from unhealthy eating habits and the unsustainable food industry.
Food is an integral part of our lives. And in recent years, more and more people have been asking questions about the food they eat: How does that food get to our plates? How was it grown? What chemicals were used? How was the animal treated? What are the impacts on the environment?
In Whole Larder Love, Anderson gives us easy to follow tips and instructions for setting up a home garden, the best practices for hunting and trapping small game and for catching fish, how to identify and collect edible food growing in the wild, and the proper tools, gear, and resources to use. Additionally, he gives us a slew of exciting recipes and preparation methods for our ingredients once they’ve been collected.
This combination how-to manual and cookbook is beautifully illustrated in full-color with Anderson’s own photographs, capturing the ingredients, the gear, the rural surroundings, and the exquisite finished dishes in rich and vivid detail. And with suggestions for possible substitutions and tips on bartering and selecting food from farmer’s markets, Whole Larder Love is perfect for foodies, farmers, hunters, gardeners—even urbanites looking to inject their lives with a little rural romance–and anyone else interested in getting more involved with the origins of the food they eat.
Featuring such chapters as: “From the Garden,” “Starters and Tapas,” “From the Paddock,” “From the Wild,” and “To The Larder”; a slew of recipes including: Glazed Chorizo Tapas, Butternut and Leek Soup, Summer Bruschetta, Two Cheese Gnocchi, Whole Larder Love Burger, Chicken Eggplant Lasagna, Duck Ragu, Catalan Rabbit Legs, Roast Quail, Baked Trout, Spud and Nettle Soup, Fettuccini ai Funghi Porcini, and Stinging Nettle Pesto; and instructions for preserving veggies, olives, beans, prosciutto, and delicacies such as Boysenberry Jam, Pickled Wild Mushrooms, and Mum’s Tomato Chutney.
Check out the Penguin Books Australia interview with Whole Larder Love author, Rohan Anderson. >>>
Rohan Anderson is a modern day food warrior. Raised on a small farm in rural Victoria, Anderson developed not only an affinity for nature, but also an understanding, and appreciation of the role nature plays in providing sustenance. Anderson has taken these lessons into his adult life where he now grows, hunts, fishes, and forages in wild and urban surroundings to feed his family. He also documents his adventures through photography, sharing his recipes, slow food philosophies and, sometimes contentious, views on his hugely popular blog, Whole Larder Love. Describing himself not as a chef, but rather a family cook, Anderson is influenced by rustic, peasant-style cooking, with minimal fuss involved. It’s unlikely that you’ll find Anderson at the supermarket; instead he is usually wandering around his backyard garden, strolling through forests and paddocks fossicking for wild mushrooms, and fishing in cool mountain streams.
Smith Journal has released the first, in what it hopes to become, “a series of short films that give insight into the life and motivation of interesting people featured in the mag.” Rohan Anderson, photographer, blogger, and author of the book Whole Larder Love, takes us through the entire process of building ‘a pioneer-style cold smokehouse,’ from felling the first tree to savoring the first batch of smoked bacon.
Directed and Edited by Mark Welker
Cameras by Aaron Cuthbert, George Husband, Mark & Monique Welker
Music by Nathan Hollywood
“Local Larder – Grow, Gather, Hunt, Cook” via the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
“Living The Dream” on Lateline via the Australian Broadcasting Corporation