The Vinegar Cupboard

The Vinegar Cupboard : Winner of the Fortnum & Mason Debut Cookery Book Award

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Winner of the 2020 Guild of Food Writers First Book Award and Specialist or Single Subject Award, as well as the 2020 Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards for Debut Cookery Book

'Everything you ever needed to know about this vital ingredient for good cooking' - Ken Hom

'An authoritative compendium on the history, production and benefits of a broad spectrum of vinegars interspersed with recipes.' - Sunday Times

From food writer and historian Angela Clutton comes The Vinegar Cupboard, demonstrating the many great ways vinegars can be used to balance and enhance flavours, and enable modern cooks to make the most of this ancient ingredient. There aren't too many ingredients which manage to bring flavour and adaptability to recipes and are actively good for you, but vinegar manages it, and this must-have new book, winner of the Jane Grigson Trust Award 2018, looks at how they have woven their way through culinary and medical history for thousands of years, and highlights the ways we can all benefit from vinegar in our diet.

There is a growing interest in vinegars and a recognition of the role acidity plays in cooking, and within these pages, Angela Clutton shows how much can be achieved using just red or white wine vinegar in your cooking, as well as exploring the vast array of vinegars available. The range of vinegars on the market are expanding rapidly, and you can easily find fruit, herb, sherry, cider, malt, rice, balsamic and many types of red and white wine vinegars (from rioja through to champagne) on your supermarket shelves. The Vinegar Cupboard encourages cooks to have an arsenal of as many varieties of vinegars as they can fit in their kitchen; while we don't expect everyone to have a vinegar cupboard, we'd like to think this book will encourage a vinegar shelf at least!

Photography, info-graphics and flavour wheels enhance the recipes in this collection, ensuring this is a usable and accessible book for all home cooks.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 26mm | 1,046g
  • Bloomsbury Absolute
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Some colour photography throughout, as well as flavour wheels and infographics
  • 147295811X
  • 9781472958112
  • 67,845

Table of contents

All about vinegar
What it is and how it's made
The history of vinegar
Vinegars for health and beauty
Types of vinegar

Wine and sherry vinegars
Fruit vinegars
Grain vinegars
Infused vinegars

Sourcing vinegars or how to infuse your own
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It's not surprising that I was drawn to this book ... what the emphasis on vinegar as an ingredient really does here is point up the importance of balance in cooking... I have grown to find it essential. * Nigella Lawson * Written with such knowledge and enthusiasm... If you care about flavour you'll love this book. * Diana Henry * Incredibly informative and truly fascinating book. A must for all keen cooks. * Gill Meller * Fascinating cookbook * Melissa Hemsley * What an amazing book * Olia Hercules * Such an elegant book and essential reading if you are a food nerd like me. * Russell Norman * An exceptional, deeply researched, carefully written and joyfully good read about the vast and fascinating world of an essential - and for me little known - ingredient. It whips you along like a good TV series; navigating history, science, alchemy and the globe with ease; and Angela is a bloody good writer. * Rachel Roddy * In The Vinegar Cupboard, Angela Clutton has given us everything you ever needed to know about this vital ingredient for good cooking. Her recipes are from every corner of the world and this book belongs on every professional chef's and any serious cook's library. * Ken Hom * This book is a gem - a guide as well as an inspiration, that gives a thrilling insight into the dazzlingly varied, glorious and intriguing but still hardly known world of vinegars. * Claudia Roden * The Vinegar Cupboard is an authoritative compendium on the history, production and benefits of a broad spectrum of vinegars from around the world ... interspersed with recipes demonstrating how they can be used in dishes both savoury and sweet. * Sunday Times * A fascinating read with gorgeous recipes. * Delicious Magazine * The Vinegar Cupboard will teach you how to use this underrated ingredient to enhance your cooking, as well as highlighting the forgotten health benefits. * Independent, IndyEats * A bible of the history and science behind the kitchen staple ... thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge of this fascinating ingredient. * Caterer * The Vinegar Cupboard sees [Angela] smash the perception that vinegar is a one-note, generic pantry item, and explore its history, uses and culinary possibilities. -- Ella Walker * Press Association * Part-history, part-science lesson, part-recipe collection - with advice on how to taste, store and most importantly use vinegar creatively - this is an extraordinary book, and, I have to confess, one I wish I had written! -- Sudi Pigott * Life Spectator *
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About Angela Clutton

Angela Clutton is a food writer and food historian. She has written on food and drink for publications including the Daily Telegraph, the Independent and Country Life; and she has a regular column for Borough Market for whom she is also a recipe writer, demonstration cook and hosts the hugely popular Borough Market Cookbook Club. Television work includes being the featured food historian on BBC TV's Rip Off Britain, Food. Angela is the Co-Chair of The Guild of Food Writers.

The Vinegar Cupboard won the Jane Grigson Trust Award 2018.
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