The Joyful Home Cook

The Joyful Home Cook

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Turn ordinary ingredients into extraordinary dishes.

Return to basics, slow down, enjoy the process, minimise waste, and follow the seasons to create effortless meals packed with flavour.

Life can be tough, chaotic and often unfathomable. So many things are outside of our control, so let's take the light where we can, and make something good for supper.

From renowned food writer and broadcaster, Rosie Birkett, comes a truly delicious collection of recipes certain to inspire readers to become truly instinctive home cooks. Embracing seasonal ingredients, The Joyful Home Cook shows us how to coax the most flavour out of every morsel to deliver nourishing and beautiful meals every day of the year.

As well as resurrecting underused home cooking skills like smoking, brining and fermenting with an eye to getting the most out of every ingredient, this cookbook applies a thoroughly modern approach to flavour combinations and global culinary influences... Including practical tips such as how to cook cleverly to minimise waste, as well as putting recipe surpluses to put to shrewd use elsewhere, Rosie reveals how make the most out of every ingredient. Follow her tips and techniques to cultivate well-stocked culinary arsenals you can call upon any time to effortlessly create game-changing meals for friends and family; from homemade sourdough to pickled veg, pistachio pesto to peach eton mess, learn how to cook up a feast of joyful flavours in no time at all.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 195 x 252 x 27mm | 1,020g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0008314276
  • 9780008314279
  • 87,760

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"Rosie Birkett is not only one of the most fantastic and honest cooks you will ever come across; her knowledge, detail and level of commitment to food is the best I know." Tom Kerridge.

"In all the years I've known Rosie, I don't think I've met anyone with such an infectious personality when it comes to the love of food as her and typically she has compiled a book of outstanding quality and beauty that should be in everyone's kitchen." Simon Rogan

"Like any great cookbook, this one propelled me into the kitchen and made me want to cook from it immediately. Rosie's recipes are as eclectic and modern as they are a celebration of her British culinary heritage - from cobnuts and elderflower to wild garlic chicken pie and Sourdough crumpets. It's also a very beautiful book, both to read and to look at, one you want to take to the sofa and pore over, hatching plans for future meals, and absolutely delivering on its name: it made this home cook feel very joyful indeed." Mina Holland, The Guardian

"Packed full of interesting and delicious recipes to cook for your loved ones. Rosie has such a fantastic was of bringing true finesse to everything she does - without it ever alienating any home cook. I feel so inspired by her recipes, and this is the perfect cookbook to bring pure joy into any kitchen." Laura Jackson

"What a delightful book! It had me licking my lips, with lots of lovely recipes for any time of the day." Rachel Khoo

"A book full of big, vibrant flavours - and overflowing with love for good food and seasonal produce. Truly joyous." Felicity Cloake

'It's a gorgeous book. Vibrant and so full of life. You can feel Rosie dragging you into the kitchen by the hand - and I really love how summery, seasonal and coastal it is too.' Meera Sodha

"Rosie is always hunting out exciting new ingredients. She is an inspirational cook and definitely one to follow. Rosie is the real deal of Deal." Simon Stallard
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About Rosie Birkett

Rosie Birkett is a food writer, stylist and broadcaster with over a decade of experience in food media. She has cooked at various sell-out residencies and pop ups across London, including Carousel in Marylebone and J Sheekey Oyster Bar and has collaborated on dinners with chefs James Lowe and Jose Pizarro. Rosie is a columnist for BBC Good Food Magazine and her weekly feature `Lunch on the Go' was a popular fixture as part of the relaunch for the Saturday Guardian's new Feast food supplement. Rosie also contributes to every issue of the award-winning, bi-monthly Market Life magazine produced by Borough Market, writing and styling a delicious seasonal recipe to highlight the traders at the market. She's appeared frequently on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch and is a regular on BBC's Saturday Kitchen, and is an accomplished author, having written three critically acclaimed books.
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