The New English Table: Over 200 Recipes That Will Not Cost The Earth Hardcover – 1 Apr 2008
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'An inspiring guide to rediscovering long–lost British ingredients and recipes.' Daily Mail
'A proper kitchen book, made to spend time on the kitchen table…A book that chimes with the 'new austerity' ethos of buying wisely and making it last.'
'Rose manages to turn traditional and unfamiliar ingredients into something special - but without the angst. We love how she recycles leftovers in ingenious ways to make really good food go further. Even nervous cooks will be won over!' SHE
Praise for ‘The New English Kitchen’:
'At last, a fresh voice in the kitchen.' Nigel Slater
'An exceptional new cookbook.' Bee Wilson, Sunday Telegraph
‘Every kitchen needs a Rose’ Nigel Slater
'A timely book with a practical and economical approach to sourcing top-quality, locally produced food.' Evening Standard
'A cookbook with a difference. I instantly warmed to its readability, fierce intelligence and admirable sense of economy.' Chris Hirst, The Independent
'In its particular combination of pleasure and principle, “The New English Kitchen” can claim to be a subtly transformative work.' Bee Wilson, Times Literary Supplement
‘A proper kitchen book, made to spend time on the kitchen table…A book that chimes with the ‘new austerity’ ethos of buying wisely and making it last.’ Time Out
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Hot chestnut and honey soup, whipped potatoes with Lancashire cheese, melted ale and Cheddar to eat with bread, baked haddock soup, saffron buns and watercress and radish sauce for pasta: just a few of the 200 completely delectable and original recipes in Rose Prince's inspiring new book, The New English Table.
In it Rose explores affordable and easy good food. She unlocks a larder of new and unfamiliar English ingredients from cobnuts to red Duke of York potatoes to watercress and also shows how eating local can mean good eating at the same time as being good for the environment. She explains how and where to shop and introduces a rhythm of cooking, identifying which foods are right for everyday meals, and which for the occasional feast. Rose shows how to make the most of costly ingredients - traditional breeds, organic produce and handmade foods - recycling leftovers for yet more delicious meals. Leftovers from a roast beef joint, for instance, become an aromatic salad with toasted green pumpkin seeds and herbs or, simmered with fungi and red wine, and rich braise to eat with mash or buttered ribbons of pasta.
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There is a wide selection of recipes, none of which are complicated to prepare, although given that Prince advocates cheaper cuts, cooking times can be longer. I like that there are some interesting suggestions - for example there is a wonderful recipe for pearl barley with turmeric, lemon & black cardamom as an alternative to lemon rice with curry (for which there are several recipes - page numbers handily noted at the end of the recipe to make things easier). Examples of meals using cheaper cuts of meat include pork chump chops with braised lentils, cider and cream; potted pork with basil (using belly pork).
Vegetarians will find plenty to please too - for example brown lentils with red wine, carrots & thyme which can form the basis for a vegetarian main meal and serve as an accompaniment for meat dishes (I am vegetarian but my family are not so I find these sorts of recipes very handy). There are also useful sections on beans & chickpeas and individual sections on certain vegetables (for example, a fab suggestion of crisped cauliflower with breadcrumbs and garlic to use up leftover cauliflower, or alternatively cauliflower soup flavoured with mustard). In the section on tomatoes, apart from freezing tomato sauce, there are a couple of soups which I will shortly be putting to good use to deal with the glut of tomatoes that I have growing in pots on my patio - tomato & spelt soup and a lovely chilled tomato, lime, basil & lemon grass soup which I have tried before and which makes an unusual alternative to gazpacho.
There are also some recipes for pickles, breads, drinks (home-made barley water with a suggestion for using the leftover barley; damson gin).
A lovely book.
It is full of simple, easy to follow recipes. It also covers using leftovers with many recipes which is great for those trying to be a bit more thrifty these days.
A really practical cook book with recipes that you will actually use and actually work.
Rose's fans - and she has a growing following - are probably happy enough to hear from her whatever she has to write... If Kitchen is about, and this is taken direct from the cover, "changing the way you shop, cook and eat", Table makes the more modest claim of "over 200 recipes that will not cost the earth."
Table is divided up by ingredients .....eggs.....ox tongue......peas .....and so on: some familiar, others outré. Each follows a simple enough formula with an introduction, various recipes including leftovers and a section on buying (with, believe it or not, no mention of FoodLoversBritain.com as a useful tool for sourcing. Competitors' websites yes; us- no. But let's rise above that).
The recipes - cheap or otherwise (and there are quite a lot of the latter) - are infinitely appealing and, in most cases, eminently cook-able. Think Water Pudding, Ham & Peas dressed with Mayonnaise and Capers or Eggs in Tarragon Jelly and you'll get a sense of what's on offer. Considered and carefully chosen, there's an interesting balance of British and Abroad. In other words Rose knows her roots and although is happy to travel, never strays too far.
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