Our pick of the latest recipe books available for the Spring...
Not a cookbook as such, more a love letter to a stately home and its history of entertaining.
The book tells the story of four real life weekends – from 1866 to 1936 – when the great and the good gathered at Highclere to change the world in some large or small part. Each weekend showcases the life of the house, both upstairs with the rich and famous, and below stairs with the staff and employees. Lady Carnarvon also explores how menus were, and still are now, put together with the chef, what were the de rigueur cocktails of the day (and why) – and how to make them at home wherever you are. What do you cook for the people you love? Asked this question, 100 of Britain’s food heroes have shared their most beloved recipes to make this extraordinary cookbook. Nigella Lawson divulges how to bake her chocolate Guinness cake, Rick Stein fries up shrimp and dill fritters with Ouzo, and Yotam Ottolenghi serves up pea and mint croquettes. These are just a few of the incredible recipes provided by the best and brightest on the British food scene, including chefs such as Raymond Blanc, Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Delia Smith, James Martin, Nigel Slater, Thomasina Miers, Mark Hix, Jason Atherton, Marco Pierre White, Claudia Roden and more. Following the bestselling Hog comes Prime. This fantastic book is an ode to all things beef, from the ultimate authority in meat cookery. Beef is the star of many people’s all-time favourite meals – from steak or a cheeseburger to roast beef with all the trimmings. In Prime, beef expert Richard H. Turner will impart his recipes for these timeless classics, lie salt beef and smoked brisket as well as sharing new ways in which to enjoy this fantastic ingredient in all it’s forms – his Burmese beef curry is not to be missed. Covering every cut, every style of preparation and with recipes from the world over – not to mention features on bovine breeds, butchering, buying your meat.