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The British Larder: A Cookbook For All Seasons Hardcover – 22 Nov 2012

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Absolute Press (22 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906650713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906650711
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The British Larder: winner of the World Gourmand Cookbook Award for the World's Best Cookbook by a woman chef in 2012 (World Gourmand Cookbook Awards)

The British Larder is a treat in store for the greedy eater. (Jay Rayner The Observer 2011-09-25)

A major piece of work ... leaves the reader stuck for choice as to which recipe to steal first (Paul Merrett Caterer & Hotelkeeper 2012-12-21)

Its astonishing 488 pages contain recipes no self-respecting foodie will want to be without (Homes & Gardens 2013-02-01)

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A celebration of the superb seasonal flavours of British produce and cooking.

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Format: Hardcover
This book accompanies the website and the restaurant in Bromeswell, Suffolk, run by the author and her husband, Ross Pike. They are committed to the use of seasonal produce, and so this book is arranged to provide some inspiration for other cooks on how to use fresh, local food through the year.

The book is arranged with a chapter for each month, with the recipes preceded by a discussion of the ingredients that are at their peak during that particular month. Recipes are at the cheffy/restaurant food end of the spectrum: e.g. Salsify and black truffle rosti with duck eggs, hay-baked jerusalem artichoke salad with smoked salad cream, or Jersey Royal new potatoes with cockles, sorrel and smoked eel.

Many of the ingredients required will need a bit of digging out; wild garlic or elderflowers, for example. These are probably easier to find for those living in the countryside, reflecting the Suffolk location of Madalene and Ross's restaurant. There are also plenty of recipes for game: the game terrine and the pheasant forestiere do look particularly good.

It's well illustrated, with a photograph accompanying most of the recipes. I was interested to see that the photography was by Madalene herself. She's really done an excellent job with the styling; the idea of not only running a restaurant but also finding the time to prepare each dish and style it doesn't bear thinking about. I suppose the one upside is that if you're writing a book about seasonal produce over the year, you have the whole year in which to take photographs.

For those who are looking for some inspiration for what to do with fresh, seasonal ingredients, or for followers of the British Larder blog who are looking for more inspiration should give this lovely; but very cheffy, book a look.
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There are a lot of good cook books - but great ones are few and far between. The genre is greatly enhanced by the arrival of this staggering work. The format of the book is a collection of recipes for each month of the year focussing on the best British ingredients available in those months - strawberries in June, pumpkins in November. Keen gardeners who struggle to put seasonal gluts to good purpose might well find the book a Godsend. Personally, I find some of the recipes on the British Larder web-site a little tricky. The dishes chosen for the book seem more accessible and don't require lots of professional equipment to prepare. I have only tried one recipe so far but I found the descriptions clear and logical, and, was delighted with the outcome. Furthermore, there is a useful section on basic technique at the beginning - how to make stocks and such like. The photography is astonishingly good - all the more remarkable for the fact that it is all done by Madalene Bonvini-Hamel herself at The British Larder.
The perfect Xmas book for the amateur or professional foodie.
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The British Larder cookbook is one of those books that you can sit down with a cup of tea and read from cover to cover. Madalene's passion for food and seasonal produce coupled with stunning photography and interesting recipes makes this a book a must for all kitchens. I have enjoyed reading the British Larder blog since it started but it's so nice to have a bound copy that I can rifle through as when I need inspiration! I have several favourite recipes already tried and tested which I cannot recommend more highly; like the Forced Rhubarb Jam, Lemom Curd tarts and the sensational Mincemeat recipe. There is something for everyone here- whether you know someone who loves cooking, an avid gardener or you need something to inspire you through the seasons- this books is a perfect gift to yourself or someone special.
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This is a book that reminds this reviewer of a great lunch in a traditional English pub. A big thick brick of a sandwich, simple yet with a great filling. Something you can return to time after time without feeling jaded or seeking something new.

And what is more this is the author's first book. What will future ones be like? The author is a relatively new name in English cuisine, who now operates her own pub and restaurant called "The British Larder" (guess where the book's title came from!). Essentially you get a month-by-month look at some of the best produce available in the United Kingdom and many great recipes designed to take advantage of the cream of the crop.

Production values have not been skimped with this book, which is great to see. First you are greeted to a fair old bit of "housekeeping" explaining about the British Larder, the author and her website, a look at the Suffolk region of England (from where the pub-restaurant is based), various notes about the recipes and then general advice before being presented with the "British Larder" basics, essential sauces, stocks and the like that will feature regularly within the recipes.

After that it is time to work through the calendar. Each month starts off with a veritable feast of information about various rituals and activities particular to that month, a look at seasonal produce (and how it might be preserved for later) and lots of little nuggets of lore, information and advice for good measure. This is one of those books that should you not be minded to go in the kitchen, you can still curl up with it on your sofa and just enjoy the text and - of course - the exceptionally brilliant photography. You are getting a bit of a lifestyle book for good measure too.
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