The Borough Market Cookbook, one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated recipe collections, is available now
“This glorious celebration of the vibrant, buzzing community of traders and producers, of their high-quality products, values and ethos, and the pure simple joy of delicious seasonal cooking makes me want to run to the maze of alleys under the railway arches and run quickly back home to cook.”
So says Claudia Roden of The Borough Market Cookbook. Claudia—one of the undisputed all-time greats of the genre—certainly knows a thing or two about cookery books. And when this octogenarian legend of the food world is sufficiently inspired by a set of recipes to break into a sprint, you know you’re probably onto a good thing.
The Borough Market Cookbook, whose much-anticipated launch takes place today, is subtitled ‘recipes and stories from a year at the Market’. The passage of time is central to its structure, which follows the shifting seasons and their effects on the Market’s produce, people, ambience and festivities. Ed Smith, a regular contributor to Borough’s magazine and website and author of the acclaimed book On the Side, narrates this journey, bringing it to life with a bulging collection of highly seasonal recipes designed to make the most of the exceptional ingredients offered by the Market’s traders. Other high-profile contributors to the book include food writer Sybil Kapoor and one of the country’s foremost experts on the politics of food, Tim Lang. The Market’s unique qualities are perfectly captured with stunning photography, as are Ed’s beautiful, extremely varied but highly accessible recipes.
A wide range of bookshops
Published by Hodder, the book is on sale now at the Market’s information office, just inside the main entrance off Borough High Street. It can also be picked up at Waterstones, Foyles, Blackwell’s, Royal Horticultural Society garden centres and a wide range of independent booksellers, as well as the usual online sources.
Ed will be in the Market Hall every Thursday lunchtime throughout October, cooking up some of the recipes in the Demo Kitchen, offering a taste, then giving himself wrist-strain by signing books for anyone who wants to buy a copy.
To add to his workload, Ed has spent the past few months previewing The Borough Market Cookbook on the website. For a little taste of a tome that restaurateur Russell Norman has called “essential reading”, those articles are well worth a look.
We hope you’ll enjoy shopping, cooking and eating with this book by your side. Please do share the results with us @boroughmarket #TheBoroughMarketCookbook