Roast Figs, Sugar Snow: Food to Warm the Soul Hardcover – 7 Nov 2011
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"A beguiling pot-pourri of dishes" - BBC Good Food
"Henry manages to convey a contagious sense of passion for food and knowledge of food, while putting together an enticing collection of recipes"
- Time Out
"a glorious exploration of exotic dishes and ingredients"
- House and Garden
From the author of the Glenfiddich-shortlisted Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons; ('Best Food Book') and the hugely successful The Gastropub Cookbook, and a regular food column for the Sunday Telegraph; Northern European food has attracted considerable attention in the food media in recent months, making this a very topical cookbook; Photography by Jason Lowe, whose work for the author's book Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons was shortlisted for a Glenfiddich award ('Best Food Photography').See all Product description
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Diana Henry is one of my favourite food writers and I have a few of her books. She always manages to make even the the mundane sound exciting or exotic and I enjoy the way her recipes have a story as well. This book is very much about winter warmers; root veg, slow cooked meat anything that's 'cosy, warming and life affirming'.
She's gathered a stunning collection of recipes which will appeal to cooks of any level. The recipes are headed under Cheese, Nuts, Pumpkin/Squash, Winter Veg, Game, Pork, Smoked Food, Apples and pears, Plums and Damsons, Herbs and Spices, Hedgerow and Maple Syrup. There's also a comprehensive index. I've tried and enjoyed a few of the recipes; there's nothing complicated and ingredients are easy to obtain. The smoked haddock tart with spinach and cheddar was a notable success and used a surplus of garden spinach and frozen Arbroath smokies. Red cabbage and cranberries is very easy and is an excellent side dish.
The recipes are inspired, the writing is informed and mouthwatering and I love this book.
It really tided my lot over the Beast from the East.
The book itself is fascinating - not just a recipe book but a bit of background, reflections and stories from the author peppered with quotes from the likes of folks as diverse as Laura Ingalls Wilder and Nora Ephron. Makes for something you want to curl up and read whilst thinking about planning your menu. (Reminiscent of Nigel Slater kitchen diaries).
Lovely photos sprinkled through it too to further inspire.
Loving it. The flavours jump off the page - I think the Roast Beetroot Salad is going to be great alongside Gorgonzola and Pumpkin tarts with Spinach. The prospect of Winter just got a lot less boring in my house!
This is a step on in complexity from Cook Simple, but still very easy to follow and with reliable results. Its also a very beautifully illustrated book and a good read to curl up with.
The recipes are drawn from countries which experience extreme cold weather - Canada, New England, Scandinavia and Russia, I'm inspired to make Georgian cheese pies and Tartiflette; the plum slices and the beef pie which guarantees that everyone who tastes it will fall in love with you were delicious.
A gorgeous book, I've already ordered another copy as a present for a foodie friend. Highly recommended.