Brassica Galactica

We talked earlier about favourite cookbooks, yes us blogging lot have been known to mention food occasionally. One of my recent finds in Sunday Times Style magazine was an Q & A interview with Allegra McEvedy, one of the founders of a healthy fast food chain Leon. I liked her spin on cooking and food and life in general:

Who would be your dream date? Jamie Lee Curtis, circa the mid-1980s.
Do you have a signature look?My friends would say brown, probably suity, with a bit of trilby action.

So I was pleased to see she’s put out a cookbook. The description in the library catalogue (and the groovy retro cover) means it was whipped onto my reserve list pronto:

“The Ingredients Book” arms you with everything you need to know about the basic building blocks of any recipe. Leon chooses it’s ingredients above all for their flavour and healthiness but also with a view to the world we live in, so that such shark-infested waters as sustainable fish are tackled and easy to navigate. In the first half of the book Leon’s top 250 fruits, vegetables, fish, meats, dairy and store cupboard ingredients are all given their own entries … You will also travel to the outer-starburst that is ‘Brassica Galatica’, discover ‘Passports for Herbs’ and have your very own pull-out “Rainbow Seasonality Guide”.The second half is “The Recipe Book” – this is where you can put your newly found knowledge of ingredients to great use. Here are over 140 recipes: some are familiar favourites taken from Leon’s menus such as the Original Superfood Salad, Moroccan Meatballs or Magic Mackerel Couscous and, for those Leon Lovers everywhere, at last a recipe for the coveted Leon Better Brownie … Leon’s food message is a simple and honest one – cook and eat with the best ingredients available…and don’t forget the naughty bits that are so necessary for a fully-rounded life. Food is the greatest pastime we all share, and this book will fill you with interest, warmth and smiles like being shown round a garden you’ve always loved by a gardener you slightly fancy.


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