My recipe book for April was Five Quarters by Rachel Roddy. I first came across Rachel when she was the Guardian's cook in residence (she now writes a weekly column) and instantly warmed to her style of writing as much as to her cooking. Rachel's a British woman who has made her home in Rome where she lives with her Sicilian partner and their wee boy. She's my favourite kind of food writer ie one who sets each recipe in context - where the ingredients were bought, who sold them to her, the history of the dish and how it is eaten today. It's as if I was exploring her local market, standing by her in her kitchen or sitting across from her in a local cafe.
I bought her book (her first, there is a second in the pipeline) at the beginning of the year and had already dipped into it on a couple of occasions. This month I tried out two new recipes: Pollo alla cacciatora (chicken, hunter's style) and pasta e patate (pasta and potato soup).
|Pollo alla cacciatora|
(with apologies for the quality of the image)
|Pasta e Patate|
Once again, my image doesn't do it justice!
My book for May is Simon Hopkinson's The Good Cook.