The Borough Market Cookbook celebrates its one year anniversary
“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 said Claudia Roden of The Borough Market Cookbook following its release one year ago today. 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 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.
Varied and accessible
The Market’s unique qualities are perfectly captured with stunning photography, as are Ed’s beautiful, extremely varied but highly accessible recipes.
Published by Hodder & Stoughton, the book is on sale in The Borough Market Store, just inside the main entrance off Borough High Street. It can also be picked up at Waterstones, Foyles and a wide range of independent booksellers, as well as the usual online sources.
For a little taste of the tome that restaurateur Russell Norman called “essential reading”, Ed’s previews of The Borough Market Cookbook are well worth a look.