The Monday Morning Cooking Club went on a global search for this one, finding family and friends in communities all around the world. From Cardiff to Nova Scotia to New York, they went searching everywhere for the most nourishing and back to basics food they could find. This warm and inspiring new cookbook takes its inspiration particularly from the Jewish community of Sydney, Australia. Nigella Lawson, Yotam Ottolenghi, and Bill Granger are among the big names of those who just cannot get enough of the Monday Morning Cooking Club, but It’s Always About The Food truly takes the cake (pun intended) this time around.
With over 115 recipes, It’s Always About the Food has something for everyone. And as it should. This cookbook is predominately about the fun, simple nature of food; that food is a moment of community and coming together. There seems to be a constant presence in this newest cookbook, and that is the family table. The family table is incredibly important to the ladies of the Monday Morning Cooking Club, as it is here that we come together with those we love most and create memories. And honestly, looking back on it, so many of our memories are about what we ate, where we ate it, and with whom. Food is about creating and revitalising memories, bringing them back to share with big, hearty, home cooking.
What’s even more touching about It’s Always About The Food is – well, it’s not always just about the food. Sixty five stories about food and family are scattered throughout the book, attached to recipes that evoke a certain memory or meaning. While the delicious recipes speak for themselves, in a book that is about the effect of food on family and joy, it’s a beautiful touch to have this added to the book. Each of these stories have contributed at least one recipe, and it makes the recipes even more fulfilling than they already were.
The book has several sections, all of them focused on bringing you a well-rounded and hearty meal. We go through Dips and Bread, Soups and Salad, Mains, Potato Pasta Veg, and Sweets. Fela Levy’s Safta Fela’s Borekas (eggplant and feta stuffed filo pastry), Lauren Carmichael’s Yemenite Bean Soup, and Amy Kritzer’s Israeli Farro Salad all stand out on the lighter side of things. For mains, we couldn’t go past Lisa Goldberg’s Barbecued Salmon and Quinoa Herb Salad, Andrea Kreiner’s Persian Lamb and Eggplant, or Laurelle Ritz’s Spinach and Ricotta Gnudi. And honestly, don’t even get us started on the sweets… We could eat them all. Especially Garry Enston’s deliciously easy Flourless Chocolate Cake!
If you’re not hungry just reading those dishes, go out and grab a copy of the Monday Morning Cooking Club’s new cookbook, It’s Always About The Food. We can guarantee you it’ll bring many feelings of warmth and happiness, memories of family, and honestly, just some really great food.
Grab your copy of It’s Always About The Food here.