February 21, 2021
ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
James Herriot
St. Martin's Press
12/29/20
(original: 1972)
Fiction
Paperback, 448 pages
St. Martin's Press
12/29/20
(original: 1973)
Fiction
Paperback, 384 pages
Delve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patients. Herriot's beloved novels are now adapted as a PBS Masterpiece series.

In All Creatures Great and Small, young James Herriot takes up his calling and discovers that the realities of veterinary practice in rural Yorkshire are very different from the sterile setting of veterinary school. 

“Warm, joyous, and often hilarious."
-The New York Times Book Review

“One of the funniest and most likable books around."
-The Atlantic


All Things Bright and Beautiful picks up as Herriot, now newly married, journeys among the remote hillside farms and valley towns of the Yorkshire Dales, caring for their inhabitants—both two- and four-legged. Throughout, Herriot's deep compassion, humor, and love of life shine as we laugh, cry, and delight in the portraits of his many varied animal patients and their equally varied owners.

“A very warm, very engaging read."
-Associated Press

“A treat, a rare one, and God knows we all need a treat these days."
The Washington Post
ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
Book Club Menu
James Herriot’s adventures in 1930s Yorkshire are set in the fictional village of Darrowby, a composite of Thirsk, Richmond, Leyburn and. Middleham —four towns in the Yorkshire Dales where Herriot worked and visited frequently.

Herriot's novels are filled with scenes of country breakfasts, pub lunches, teas, and dinners in his client's farmhouse kitchens. 

The young veterinarian savors his first tastes of food and drink local to the Dales. He samples Wensleydale cheese, a firm, flaky, mild cheese first made by the Cistercian Monks in the North Yorkshire Dale. He becomes a fan of Smith’s Nutty Brown Ale from Yorkshire's oldest brewery—“the first of an incredible series of Nutty Browns I was to drink." And he devours many Yorkshire Puddings— baked pudding traditionally served with roast beef and gravy—and is fond of the "little round ones" that the farmers’ wives often bake, "delicious golden cups, crisply brown around the sides."
Menu Ideas
*Country breakfast: eggs, bacon, ham, or sausage, toast, and marmalade

*Wensleydale cheese with freshly baked bread, farm butter, jam, and tea

*Yorkshire pudding, roast beef, and mashed potatoes

*Smoked salmon sandwiches and champagne

*Fish pie with haddock, potatoes, tomatoes. and eggs

*Piccalilli

*Apple pie with custard

*Trifle

*Rice Pudding

*Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale

You'll find fare and photos mentioned in Herriot's novels featured on our social media over the next month.
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