Crave: Recipes Arranged by Flavour, to Suit Your Mood and Appetite by Ed Smith

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  • Slow-cooked, minted courgettes with beans and fresh cheese

    • Emily Hope on August 01, 2021

      We liked this a lot. Uses up a good number of zucchini -- I went with 800 grams and next time would do a kilo as they cook down. I cooked some rg cranberry beans with a prosciutto end, and used that liquid. Used Feta as the cheese. Only change was instead of chopped preserved lemon, I used some leftover preserved lemon-olive oil sauce from an Alison Roman fish recipe. Served with focaccia. Will make again, though despite the headnote, this is not one that I'd turn to on a hot day as it's more comforting and soupy than bright and refreshing.

  • Bún chả

    • Emily Hope on July 19, 2021

      This was good; I made some modifications and would make different ones next time. I was feeding 4 adults and 2 kids so doubled the pork patties. However, I only had as much fish sauce (3 tbsp) for the patties as the original recipe called for. I added some salt to compensate, which was a mistake--the patties were verging on too salty. I think that 3 tbsp of Red Boat would have been enough for the entire 2 pounds of pork. I also subbed in green beans, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers for the carrots/lettuce, and would do that again. I also mixed the sauce, noodles, and veg together in advance--not sure whether I'd do this next time. Also 14 ounces of noodles is probably more than what's needed here (I probably used 6 or 8).

  • Mango with chilli, lime and salt

    • Astrid5555 on June 19, 2021

      Thank you mjes for the recommendation. This is truly delicious and very refreshing on a hot summer’s night!

    • mjes on June 04, 2021

      What? Replace my bottle of Tajin? Okay, it is obvious that fresh lime is superior and that Aleppo flakes is an example of managing the chili flavor. Yogurt with lime is a pleasant side. So scarcely an earth shaking recipe but if you're not used to fruit with lime and chili, it's something you must try.

  • Honeyed halloumi with apricot fregola

    • Astrid5555 on August 03, 2021

      Used whole wheta maftoul couscous instead of fregola pasta, delicious summer salad!!

  • Buttermilk chicken with sour watermelon salad

    • Astrid5555 on June 18, 2021

      Made only the watermelon part of this recipe as suggested on the author‘s Instagram feed (@rocketandsquash). Great spice mix, very refreshing, will definitely be making this again throughout the summer!

  • Burrata with burnt peaches and basil

    • Astrid5555 on June 18, 2021

      Really delicious, creamy burrata with sweet peaches and basil. Used sesame seeds instead of pistachio nuts because this was what I had on hand. Dinner party worthy!

  • Artichoke, Gruyère and cod bake

    • Pimlicocook on August 17, 2021

      Hit the spot on a cool, grey, drizzly late summer day. Quick, easy and tasty with a sharp green salad on the side. I forgot to add salt to the shallots and found I did need to add a tiny sprinkle before eating. Easy recipe to halve, quarter or multiply (I made a third of the sauce for one portion, and it was perfect baked for 15 minutes).

  • Not Caesar salad

    • Pimlicocook on July 04, 2021

      Delicious: fresh and tasty, lifted by plenty of fresh herbs, and topped with moreish, crunchy potatoes (though I halved these - 500g for two seemed like a lot). Will definitely make again and again.

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  • Wrap Your Lips Around This

    I enjoy the way the recipes are organized, and there are lots of achievable dishes to make. [He doesn't] add much you know you won’t be cooking things in an unnecessarily long way.

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  • Kavey Eats

    This is a genuinely beguiling cookbook that would perk up the most jaded of us, packed to the gills with recipes that range from adapted favourites to exciting novelties...

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  • Eat Your Books by Jenny Hartin

    Ed Smith is a wonderful writer and creator of delicious recipes that we will turn to time and time again.

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  • ISBN 10 1787135799
  • ISBN 13 9781787135796
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  • Published May 27 2021
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 256
  • Language English
  • Countries United States, United Kingdom
  • Publisher Quadrille Publishing

Publishers Text

When it is cold and the rain is pouring down, all you want to eat is something involving bubbling, molten cheese, ideally spiked with chili. And when the weather is so hot that your clothes stick to your skin, all anyone wants is a crisp, sour salad, which brings the eater near the fridge and far, far away from the oven. It turns out we do already eat seasonally, but often accidentally, according to whether we want crunch or velvet softness, sharp citrus or warming spice.

Crave reflects these feelings, and brings us back to the essential reason we cook for ourselves, every day – to eat what we really fancy. Ed helps his readers home in on the flavors they're craving by organizing his recipes within six cleverly conceived flavor profiles, ranging through main dishes to puddings: fresh and fragrant; hot and spicy; tart and sour; curried; rich and savory; and (best of all) creamy and cheesy.

From parsley, mint and lemon gnudi with peas, perfect for these late summer/early, crisply autumnal days to chorizo and blue cheese traybake, perfect at any time of year (or time of day), this is a fresh take on seasonal cookery, delivering recipes you'll want to cook every day of the week.

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