On the weekend I was so happy to get my hands on an early copy of this new book :: Hurrah! It's always so exciting to see the end result of a project you've played a (small) part in.
This is the new Gourmet Farmer Deli Book co written by Matthew, Ross and Nick and it is gorgeous! Divided into chapters of dairy, meat, fish and vegetables, this book is not only a manual on how to cure, pickle, smoke and ferment, there are also the delicious recipes using these ingredients. Clotted cream, paneer, ham, smoked trout, pastrami, olives, pickled cucumbers or mustard, this book shows you how to make all your deli favourites then turn them into something extra tasty.
Of course, the best part of the book is this here artichoke. Perfect isn't it? And it's the one element that I am personally so very proud. Because I grew it. Yes. I. did. In my garden. My artichoke is a centrefold. Well, featured in a chapter opening double page spread anyway.
Back in the old days, when I worked in an office in the big smoke, whenever the pressure got too much, my colleagues and I would often wish we could pack it all in, move to the county and sell artichokes by the side of the road. Now whilst I'm yet to build a stand with an honesty box next to the driveway, you can see why my artichoke being in print is just as rewarding.
I know, I know, you'd like to run out and buy this book for its stunning artichokes alone, but there is also the beautiful photography by the very clever Alan, the lovely tactile rustic linen cover and most of all, the amazing depth of knowledge so generously shared within by three very talented chaps.