The Book of Bere

Landscapes in Stone

by Liz Ashworth

The Book of Bere

The only book to feature bere – one of Scotland’s most ancient and nutritious grains

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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.

Liz Ashworth is a food writer and food product developer, with a particular interest in using local produce. The author of a pioneering 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 also the author of The Chain Bridge Honey Bible and The William Shearer Tattie Bible.


ISBN: 9781780274850

Publication date: 11/07/2019

Format: Paperback

Extent: Liz Ashworth

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

Stock status: Published

Categories: Birlinn/Polygon , Food and Drink