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The Borough Market Cookbook: Recipes and stories from a year at the market

Ed Smith

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Over 100 delicious seasonal recipes inspired by a year at Borough Market

'Like the market, the book is exciting, instructive, seductive and inspirational.' -Claudia Roden


An essential gift for the keen cook in your life.

Borough Market is the beating heart of London's food scene. Every year millions of locals and tourists flock to Borough Market to soak up the unique atmosphere, interact with the expert traders and sample the world-class produce.

This gorgeous book takes you on a tour of a year at the Market, from the beginning of spring, through Easter and Midsummer, to Apple Day in October and the switching on of the lights at Christmas - with the most delicious recipes highlighting the very best of those celebrations.

Divided by season, each recipe celebrates at least one hero ingredient from that time of year: why not try Chilled asparagus soup in spring; Rolled pork belly and sticky nectarines in summer; Beetroot dal in autumn; or Clementine sponges with cranberry sauce in winter? Along the way, you'll be introduced to key seasonal ingredients with shopping and preparation tips, straight from the artisan producers, that will change how you cook for ever.

Packed full of beautiful photography, much of it shot on location at Borough throughout the year, this is a cookbook that will inspire food lovers and home cooks everywhere, even if they only follow Borough Market from afar.


Roast Delica pumpkin with crisp sage, seeds and curd
Intensely sweet and buttery winter squash, roasted with sage and its own seeds and then slicked with a sheep or goat's curd. Assemble on a large serving platter to kick off a dinner party.

One-pot golden chicken and Judion beans
A bowl of comfort ideal for this time of year: juicy chicken with golden, crispy skin, cooked in a warming broth with the creamiest butter beans. Make sure you have lots of crusty bread to mop up the juices.

Clementine sponges with cranberry sauce
An alternative to the traditional figgy pudding and brandy butter, though really they're too good to confine to just one day. The tart and syrupy cranberry-studded sauce is spooned over the citrus sponge and served with double cream for the most indulgent winter pud.

Spiced apple sour
Spiked with cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg, this is Christmas in a cocktail.

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Praise for The Borough Market Cookbook: Recipes and stories from a year at the market

  • 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. - Claudia Roden

  • Borough is one of the great European food markets, sitting proudly alongside La Boqueria in Barcelona, Testaccio in Rome and Cours Saleya in Nice. I always get a thrill when I visit, whether it's to grab an armful of puntarelle or to indulge in a Kappacasein melted cheese sandwich. The Borough Market Cookbook brings that excitement to life with a remarkable chronicle of the market's origins a thousand years ago to its renaissance in the 1990s. I loved the joyful recipes and the engaging storytelling; it's essential reading for anyone interested in food. - Russell Norman, restaurateur and food writer

  • This book is a rare gem: a bible in the kitchen, a brilliant guide to using seasonal produce and a great pleasure to read. - Meera Sodha, author of Made in India and Fresh India

  • This book is the perfect representation of the market itself, where seasonality, amazing produce, history, creativity and visual panache come together and just make you want to cook!It will be a huge source of inspiration for years to come. - Olia Hercules, author of Mamushka and Kaukasis

  • Borough Market has played an important role in the development of British food culture. By allowing a relationship to develop between citizens and food producers, its rise has marked a new beginning for British production. Going into the Market means meeting the producers, talking to them, hearing their stories. It is a place that offers so much: history, integrity, wonderful food and the chance to really understand what you're eating. By respecting tradition, promoting sustainability and revelling in the love of good food, Borough Market provides a true representation of the philosophy of Slow Food. - Carlo Petrini, founder and president of Slow Food

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Ed Smith

Ed Smith is a regular contributor to Borough Market's online magazine and Market Life, its print magazine. He also writes 'Five of the Best' features for The FT Weekend Magazine, and for The Guardian, The Telegraph and various other publications. At the 2015 Fortnum and Mason Food and Drink Awards he was named 'Best Online Restaurant Writer' and he was shortlisted for 'Best Cookery Writer'. In 2016 his blog Rocket & Squash was shortlisted for the Guild of Food Writers' Best Blog Award. His first cookbook On the Side was published in spring 2017 to great acclaim.

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