The Great Dixter CookbookRecipes from an English Garden



All royalties from the book will be donated by the author to the Great Dixter Charitable Trust.

Seasonal recipes and expert planting guides from Great Dixter, Christopher Lloyd’s quintessential English country garden

The Great Dixter Cookbook features seventy simple and delicious seasonal recipes from the kitchen garden at Great Dixter, the historic house and garden located on the borders of Kent and Sussex. Dishes included range from English classics such as chicken and leek pie, apple crumble, and beetroot chutney, to contemporary recipes like crispy kale with sea salt and shakshuka. Dixter was home to the revered and highly influential gardener and writer, Christopher Lloyd, and a number of this book’s recipes have been taken from the Lloyd family’s personal kitchen notebooks. With growing guides to more than twenty varieties of vegetables and fruit to accompany the recipes, this practical, accessible book enriches the kitchens and lives of home cooks and gardeners worldwide.

Originally from New Zealand and trained at Kew Gardens, Aaron Bertelsen joined Great Dixter in 2005 as a student and he has worked there as the vegetable gardener and cook since 2007.

“Taking us beyond the ornamental garden and into the kitchen.”—Town & Country

“A brilliant resource for keen gardeners…”—Grow Your Own

“Aaron Bertelsen, vegetabel gardener at Great Dixter in Sussex, shares some of the recipes from his new book inspired by the crop he grows. They are delicious looking, wholesome and not too tricky as he’s a home cook, not a trained chef. I have a mental block about baking – I can’t remember when I last baked a cake. But he’s inspired me to give beetroot and chocolate cake a go.”—Hatta Byng, Editor, House & Garden

“Finally, here’s the one we’re waiting for… A chance to visit in print Christopher Lloyd’s legendary kitchen garden that surrounds the historic house and garden located on the borders of Kent and Sussex. But more even than that, along with the seventy seasonal recipes, this book is a valuable growing guide for more than twenty varieties of fruit and vegetables.”—elledecoration.co.uk

“The intrinsic link between garden and kitchen at Great Dixter is evident in this new volume, which is a both a cookbook and a growing manual. It is hard to say which part of this book is most useful, the growing advice [...] or the recipes, for both are laced with advice that is easy to put into practice.”—English Garden

“A brilliant resource for keen gardeners…”—Grow Your Own

“Great Dixter is so suffused with good food and so devoid of pretension that I don’t want to leave: I long to roll up my sleeves and cook.”—Daily Telegraph, Saturday Mgazine, Diana Henry

“User-friendly… Old-style cookbooks, with an emphasis on enormous quantities of written information, are not easy to navigate. The Great Dixter Cookbook has the advantage of clarity; I may have many recipes for fruit fool but have never looked at them properly. Apparently, it is just a matter of simmering fruit and whisking cream… The sober photography of Andrew Montgomery suits the interiors of the medieval house, and no doubt would have met the approval of Christopher Lloyd.”—Gardenista.com

“A celebration of robust and seasonal ingredients… Plenty of hearty, soulful recipes… Such a useful book for growers too with lots of recommendations on which varieties to grow and how to get the best crops. All of which is lavishly illustrated with Andrew Montgomery’s beautiful images. This is already one of our kitchen shelf favourites – and, we suspect, will be referred to often.”—A-LittleBird.com