I am a Riverford: of the food they produce and champion, and of their ethos. I have had the pleasure of dining at their Field Kitchen on a number of occasions and was delighted when they first bought a recipe book out. This book is a worthy successor to their first Riverford Farm Cook Book: Tales from the Fields, Recipes from the Kitchen. The book revolves around what vegetables are in season, and, on a monthly basis provides recipes for the best ways to use them (everyday), accompanied by an additional few recipes for a celebratory type meal (Sunday).
The book starts off with some basic advice on store cupboard essentials and vegetable storage and then goes into the recipes. The recipes are those I would expect from Riverford - we're certainly not talking haute cuisine, frills and flounces. This is good hearty food, the kind I love.
As an example of contents I've gone for January - my reasoning is that this is a fairly frugal month in terms of seasonality, and, if trying to eat seasonally, you are reliant on what has been stored. The chapter commences with an overview of what is available that month and is followed by the recipes. For each month, a couple of green coloured pages with recipes for a less commonly used vegetable are included as an extra (Jerusalem Artichokes for January).
Celeriac and Potato Mash Anna's Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Prawns and Paprika Quick Fried Grated Celeriac Sausage Stew with Celeriac and Kale Beef in Newcastle Brown Ale with Horseradish Dumplings Francesca's Roast Vegetables with Lime Pickle Tartine Gratinee a l'Oignon Seville Orange Marmalade Parsnip and Walnut Beignets Red Onion Confit
Warm Pheasant Salad with Pomegranate and Walnuts Kale and Potato Cakes Braised Red Cabbage with Beetroot and Orange Lemon and Orange Tart
The recipes are simple and easy to follow. A (very) brief idea of other recipes throughout the book are Apricot Brioche Pudding, Chicken Salad with an Elderflower and Tarragon Dressing, and Duck with Turnips and Marmalade. I have not noticed any duplication with the first book. I'll be trying some this weekend and will report back on my success. Highly recommended.
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