I pre-ordered Sarah's new book on the strength of her previous titles. I was very excited to get an email from Amazon letting me know that I was going to get it early - and even more excited waiting for it to arrive! I really like Sarah's approach in all her books: simple and unfussy.
The book is comparable in size to Sarah's Garden cookbook. It is arranged by season, and each season is subdivided to provide: snacks and canapes, soups and accompaniments, salads, vegetarian, fish, meat, vegetable sides, puddings,cakes and biscuits, preserves, drinks. Some of the seasons have extra sections: summer: barbecues and picnics, spring: sweets, winter: christmas lunch, christmas leftovers, christmas cakes and puddings. Coloured pages helpfully indicate the start of a new season so they are easy to turn to.
Examples of some of the recipes:
Smoked Salmon Pate
Crayfish and sweetcorn chowder
Roast asparagus salad with orange
Pea and spinach timbale
Moroccan fish tagine
Mixed grill with potato cakes
Ham in hay with parsley sauce
Persian jewelled rice
Lemon and passion fruit meringue pie
Elderflower and milk jellies
Orange and lemon cake with marmalade cream
Primose lemon curd cupcakes
Large hollow easter egg
After eight chocolate chip cookies
Quick rhubarb chutney with cardamon
Rhubarb and ginger vodka
I have only included spring here - but it gives you an idea. This section alone contains 96 recipes! I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, and I am also keen to sit down and compare her previous books with this one to see if there is any duplication. Based on my previous experience of her recipes I am sure they will all be delicious. I'll let you know how it goes.
The book is interspersed with beautiful photos and is an absolute joy to read. This is how food should be (or so I think) - simple, unfussy, a joy for the eyes and tasty. Highly recommended.