SCORES of people packed into Rich’s Cider Farm to celebrate the launch of James Rich’s new book.

On August 7 James Rich, the son of cider maker Martin Rich, released his debut book, Apple: recipes from the orchard, and celebrated with launch party for friends and family of the farm.

The cookbook, which is inspired by the tastes of ciderland, is full of almost 100 recipes featuring apple produce, from cider and juice, to vinegar and Somerset Cider Brandy.

Inspiration for the book came while James, as a teenager, worked in the cider farm restaurant, the Cider Press Restaurant.

Apple combines a some of James’ old favourite recipes with a host of brand-new ideas, updating his family heritage in the kitchen for a whole new generation.

The book has even been given the seal of approval by Jamie Oliver, himself, who said it was “a beautiful collection of recipes from a real expert - James really knows his stuff.”

Speaking after the event, Mr Rich, said: “Apple is a celebration of the taste of Somerset, cider so what better way to launch it than by raising a cider or two down at the farm surrounded by friends and family.

“We had a great evening launching the cookbook and I would like to thank everyone who shared in the celebration.

“It was a lovely evening catching up with family and friends of the Farm and celebrating over a glass of cider.”