Now that Summer is really upon is and we Gautengers wait for the rain, it is Braai Time. Another thing that is upon us is Vegetarianism, people who eat a plant-based diet and foreswear animal protein. Too often I have eaten a vegetarian dish and really enjoyed it hugely for me to say anything derogatory about vegetarians or vegans, the choice is theirs. I do know that when we ran our Restaurant, Parks more than 20 years ago, the Vegetarian Dish of the Day was a very popular item on the menu.
Genevieve Taylor’s Charred is a joy of a book. Genevieve has written nine food books, is a regular contributor to Olive and also Sainsbury’s Magazine. She demonstrated live fire cooking at food festivals all over the United Kingdom, has presented Radio 4’s The Food Programme and is a judge for the BBC Food & Farming Awards. So, she knows her stuff. Excellent photography by Jason Ingram, Genevieve did the food styling herself.
The book is divided into Charred Practicalities; Equipment and techniques, Kebabs, Burgers & Fritters, Low Slow and Smoked, Stuffed and Wrapped and sharing plates.
I am sure I could live off the Burgers & Fritters. Some good stuff there. The Sharing plates are just fabulous, many of them can be prepared in advance and a combination of a few would make a great Sunday lunch.
As we try to eat Vegetarian at least twice a week, this book will happily find space on the kitchen bookshelf for some utterly sublime Sundays and weeknight suppers.
Genevieve Taylor’s Charred is published by Quadrille, an imprint of Hardie Grant