There are a billion and one reasons to love Norfolk. I harp on about them all the time, but the food is definitely up there. Norfolk is a farming county, from mustard, to sugar, meats and more it’s all produced here. Wherever there’s a constant supply of delicious fresh ingredients you can bet there’s some incredible restaurants. Norfolk has a thriving indie food scene, my only problem is that there are too many great places to eat and not enough time. What the clever people over at Meze publishing have done has rounded up the finest recipes from the best restaurants and popped them all into the Norfolk Cookbook, so you can recreate them at home.
The Norfolk Cookbook is jam-packed with over 50 recipes from the finest establishments in the county. Each recipe sits alongside a description of the restaurant. It’s like you get too see behind the recipe and get a sneak peek into the kitchen, which is a lovely touch. The food photography in there is out of this world too. There’s a good mix of recipes, covering everything from starters to main courses, desserts and drinks. Each with a varying level of difficulty. I’m desperate to have a quiet weekend where I experiment more in the kitchen! Figbar’s popcorn gone bananas and The Rooftop Gardens braised lamb shoulder recipe are next one my list to try.
I recreated Archers Butchers Italian Sausage linguine last week and it was delicious. It was simple and quick enough to make on a weeknight and was just that little bit more interesting than normal! What I really loved about that recipe (and all of them) is that they encourage you to support local producers. The book also showcase ranges or products that you might not have heard of. For example I had no idea we grew saffron in Norfolk, yet we have our own saffron company! It’s more than just a cookbook.
The quality is second to none. It’s a gorgeous book with humorous titles that’s hardy enough to survive a stint in even the messiest kitchens! The photography is incredible in the book too, it adds an authentic and honest twist to the cookbook. It’s the kind of cookbook that would be perfect for dinner parties, entertaining or for weeknight meals if you love being in the kitchen. It should be a staple in the kitchen of any self-respecting food lover that has a connection to Norfolk. It’s also a great one to sit and read on a sunny afternoon.
If you’re not lucky enough to live in Norfolk Meze publishing also have a range of cookbooks from other areas of the UK too. Obviously, The Norfolk Cookbook is the best…(not that I’m biased or anything.) I’m giving away a copy over on my twitter so hit that retweet button on my pinned tweet.
Have you got your hands on The Norfolk Cookbook yet?