As increasing numbers of people buy ingredients directly from farmers’ markets, food festivals, local farm shops and specialist retailers, it’s clear that there is a growing desire to learn more about the provenance of our food – and to re-connect with traditional farming and enjoy the fruits of the land.
But ultimately it’s all about taste – fresh, bold flavours that explode in your mouth. Cut into a freshly grown tomato, for example, and enjoy the sweet ripeness that is miles away from mass-produced varieties. Grill these with courgettes and beans, perhaps, and mix with a basil dressing for Jane Baxter’s delicious salad; or combine with carrots, asparagus, peas, courgettes, broad beans and sugar snap peas to make Giorgio Locatelli’s Tagliolini with Summer Vegetables for lunch or dinner. The Real Food Cookbook gives you great recipes for meals that are simple to prepare – and shows you how to make the ingredients really sing, and your heart melt.