Local Spring Asparagus

So, while I was standing in my mother’s kitchen in my childhood home near the end of April – the beginning of asparagus season in the U.K. – I overheard a conversation that brought local to a whole new level. My mother wanted asparagus, and not just any asparagus: Local asparagus. She called the village greengrocer (5 minutes by car) and a long conversation about the merits of asparagus from Crowborough (25 minutes by car), versus the product from Guildford (45 minutes by car) versus the product from Norfolk (2 hours by car) ensued.

Eventually she settled on the Norfolk variety, served with a thick, rich yellow hollandaise sauce. “Where did the asparagus come from?” my brother asked at dinner. “East Harling, Norfolk,” my mother exclaimed, narrowing it down further from the county to the village where it was grown. Now that’s what I call knowing where your food comes from.

Fat, local, seasonal asparagus

Fat, local, seasonal asparagus knock the socks off imported imposters.

Nigel Slater Appetite

This is a wonderful cookery book. Witness the fact that mine’s so well-used that there are stains on the cover. You’ll be certain to find inspiration when you just don’t know exactly what it is you feel like eating. Wonderfully imprecise, Nigel Slater hails from the little-bit-of-this and little-bit-of-that school of cooking.

Nigel Slater Appetite

Bountiful

This book is full of fabulous food photographs. Check out the authors’ blog: White on Rice Couple.

Bountiful

Three Good Things

This is my all-time favourite recipe book, packed with simple, tasty, healthy recipes from one of Britain’s best food writers. Buy it today!

Three Good Things