Devon-based cheesemaker, Quicke’s will publish a brand new journal this month entitled This Land, a tribute to Britain’s ancient rural landscape and traditions, from the people to the pastures. Taking a winding ramble through the seasons, the bookazine considers the ever shifting charms and challenges brought about by spring, summer, autumn and winter, taking many a detour along the way to look at themes such as foraging, pairing and science in the dairy.
Featuring pieces written by Mary Quicke MBE, reflecting on the land that her family has nurtured for 14 generations, This Land also contains contributions from a host of Quicke’s friends, including chefs Gill Meller and Ben Quinn, Slow Food UK’s Shane Holland, Dr Katharine Earnshaw from the University of Exeter and many more, as the journal tells a tale of tradition, terroir and taste.
Inspired by the hedgerows, woodlands and pastures that provide the foundation for every award-winning truckle that leaves the farm, the journal begins with an ode to the earth that lends itself to cheese. Opening with the words “This land has never really been ours”, the poem explores “the soft boundary between admiration and partnership”, a sentiment which runs through all of the subsequent pages, just as it does through everything that is done at Home Farm in the continued pursuit of crafting greatness from this little patch of Devon.
This Land is available to purchase from www.quickes.co.uk, priced at £15.