River Cottage Everyday Hardcover – 5 Oct 2009
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`Full of down-to-earth recipes that you long to try out' --Vanessa Berridge, Daily Express
`The recipes are refreshing and achievable, as Hugh goes back to basics to prove that everyday food can be wholesome, full of flavour and fun' --Cavan Scott, Countryfile
`This book shows you how to incorporate his philosophy into your own meals, through a great selection of delicious recipes.'
About the Author
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a writer, broadcaster and campaigner. His series for Channel 4 have earned him a huge popular following, while his River Cottage books have collected multiple awards including the Glenfiddich Trophy (twice), the Andre Simon Food Book of the Year (three times), the Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food award at the Guild of Food Writers and, in the US, the James Beard Cookbook of the Year. Hugh lives in Dorset with his family.
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There's nothing particularly deep or complex about why the book is good: the recipes just work. We've done a dozen different things and they all worked perfectly. Nothing too complicated, nothing too time-consuming, and most of the ingredients are absolutely standard things which won't need much hunting or expense.
Recipes range from the simple (leek and cheese on toast, a simple snack/meal in a few minutes) through safe bets (pinto bean chili, aubergine parmigiana), old favourites (gazpacho, cauliflower cheese, dal, a superb mushroom soup) to some more exotic things (the Cambodian wedding day dip tastes a bit...weird...but in a good way). Best of all, these are almost without exception recipes that you actually might make, rather than staring at and fantasising about. We've done 20+ recipes out of the book so far and it's still being well thumbed.
Somehow many of the recipes which sound dull on paper actually work much better than you might think: macaroni peas being a case in point.
Fortunately HFW doesn't evangelise too much about how good vegetables are for you and how tasty they are - presumably anyone who buys this book is going to be half-convinced of that anyway - but just lets the food do the talking. A good, solid, practical book which you'll actually use rather than leaving on the shelf looking pretty. Surprisingly good.
I just wish every veggie recipe book could be this good and I'm not joking it really is the best I have bought!