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August 4, 2009

A Yummy Thing

Filed under: Books, Food — sashyjane @ 10:47 am

I really thought I’d have time to post about our fabulous and relaxing time at the beach but the trouble with vacation is that the stuff going on back at home doesn’t stop just because you’re not there.  I’ve had the most whirlwind week back at work and it’s only Tuesday! So in the meantime, here’s a little pre-prepared something to whet your summer appetite.

Sarah Raven—writer, cook, broadcaster, and teacher—is the expert on all things to grow, cut, and eat from your garden. She teaches cooking, flower arranging, and gardening courses at her farm in East Sussex. Her mail order company sells her favorite things for the kitchen and garden. She has written for Country Living, House & Garden, Gardeners’ World Magazine, and Domino. In short, she’s the British Martha Stewart. I had a terribly difficult time leaving the bookstore without her garden-fresh cookbook, “In Season.” The gorgeous photography and mouth-watering recipes had me squealing (and probably causing some raised eyebrows) in the floor of the cookbook aisle.
The book is divided into six chapters, each covering two months of the year. Within these chapters, there are subchapters dedicated to the prominent ingredients of the season. For example, in the March/April chapter you’ll find the following produce with accompanying descriptions, photos and recipes: Cauliflower; Purple sprouting broccoli, calabrese, and spring greens; Rhubarb; Spinach; Spring herbs; Watercress and wild garlic. Naturally, the most fruits and vegetables fall in the summer months. Because of the overwhelming abundance during this time period, Raven gives plenty of recipes for pickling, canning, and making preserves.

With both home and restaurant chef’s growing awareness of the benefits of eating locally grown food and therefore seasonally, this book offers a plan for how to best use the harvest at its peak. Raven gives personality to the ingredients covered in this cookbook. Take for example the following description: “Pumpkins and winter squashes are fantastically buttocky and boxomy, and generous of form. Their sheer pregnancy makes you want to gather them up like a flock of expectant mothers.” Doesn’t that make you want to find the nearest pumpkin patch?

You’ll find that many of the recipes are a bit unusual, such as zucchini and ginger jam, which Raven describes as an Edwardian recipe. Then there are recipes for orange pasta, cranberry bean hummus and basil ice cream that I can’t decide if I would love or hate but this makes the book all the more interesting. You’ll find many creative ways to use up your own harvest or your finds at the popular road-side stands and farmer’s markets, while never growing tired of seasonal abundance.

Originally published at VeryVera[dot]com.


1 Comment »

  1. Yummy! This looks divine and so fresh too! I don’t blame you at all for squealing.

    Comment by Susie — August 5, 2009 @ 10:48 am

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