In the wake of The Borough Market Cookbook launch, Ed Smith showcases its many themes and recipes in a month-long Demo Kitchen residency
The time has come! The Borough Market Cookbook: recipes and stories from a year at the market is published this week. It was such a privilege to have been asked to devise recipes for the book. A challenge, too—how to capture the essence and spirit of this magical and diverse place?
Over the first part of this year I have written monthly posts providing an insight into the book’s content and themes. We have seen in previous posts that the cookbook aims to prompt readers to make the most of, and take inspiration from, seasonal market produce; that the recipes are seasonal in both the produce they use, but also likely your appetite for them. We want the recipes to give people the confidence to pick up ingredients they might normally walk past.
Further, though the recipes could be cooked by anyone, wherever their local produce market is, the book is of course rooted in the produce and people of Borough Market: many of the recipes are based on ‘hero ingredients’ and key categories of Borough Market produce.
There are vignettes focusing on familiar faces and businesses. Essays and stories are centred on the uniquely urban location and memorable events that are held here, and there are a wealth of fantastic images that really bring the essence of this place to the page. Importantly, the Market’s environmental and community values are inherent in the book too: in both words and recipes, key themes such as environmental responsibility, sustainability and innovation come to the fore.
This place is such an inspiring cornucopia of world-class ingredients. More than that, it’s a vibrant and energising community, a real mish-mash of personalities, cultures and influences, yet with distinct and defined values. I really hope you’ll think I have done it justice.
If you are local, I’d love to see you at one of my cookery demonstrations this month—I’m the resident chef every Thursday, 1-2:30pm in Market Hall. The cookbook will be available from the pod at the same time—it would be an honour to have a chat and to sign a copy for you.
Join Ed for tips, tastings and recipes every Thursday in October in the Market Hall, 1-2:30pm