Food on Fridays: Lifestyle Recipes from Alice Hart

When you buy a cook book, are you looking for recipes, or a lifestyle to aspire to? Friends at My Table: A year of eating, drinking and making merry is definitely in the second group. This recipe book is packed with glamorous photography. Even if you are stuck at home, you can imagine that you are ‘glamping’ while eating cardamon chicken thighs and pea and ham soup.

Do you feel that all too often your picnics are simply sandwiches and crisps? Or have you been camping and got fed up with reheating tinned food? You will get plenty of inspiration from Alice Hart’s year round recipes. From garden brunch to chic picnics to a New Year’s Eve supper, Hart provides a mix of recipes and fun ‘how to’ guides. Ever wanted to know how to build a home smoker, forage for food in a hedgerow, swim in the wild or play beach cricket? Can you identify clouds or find and cook razor clams? It’s all in Friends at my Table. There are also tips on what’s seasonal, essentials to take to a holiday cottage, and rules for cooking for a crowd. The recipes and photography are fresh and inspiring. Overall the book makes you feel that you too could have an outdoorsy lifestyle packed with glamour, weather permitting!

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