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The Book of Bere

Orkney’s Ancient Grain

Written by Liz Ashworth / Illustrated by Ruth Tait

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ISBN: 9781780274850
Published: 14 Sep 2017
Format: Paperback
Extent: 144
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Birlinn
Categories:
Food & drink
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About the Book

Bere is the native barley of Orkney. In the past it was an important multi-use crop and a staple of the Scottish diet, though its use declined as more easily-processed crops were introduced. Bere is still grown on Orkney farms by an agricultural contractor employed by the Birsay Heritage Trust who run the Barony Mill, Orkney’s last operating water mill. Here the grain is milled into beremeal, a cream-coloured flour with a distinctive, earthy, nutty flavour.

In this book acclaimed food writer Liz Ashworth traces the story of bere from its Neolithic origins to the present day, providing useful culinary tips and recipes on how this ancient grain can be introduced to the modern kitchen for enjoyment. Recipes are included for Breads, Scones, Tea Breads, Cakes, Tray Bakes, Puddings, Pastry Dishes, and Sweet and Savoury Biscuits.


The Author

Liz Ashworth

Liz Ashworth is a Scottish food writer and food product developer, with a particular interest in using local products. The author of apioneering series of cookery books for beginners of all ages, she writes food columns in various publications, and coordinates the food programme in the annual Orkney International Science Festival. She is the author of The Book of Bere, The Chain Bridge Honey Bible and The William Shearer Tattie Bible.

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