Book review: 'The Vicar's Wife's Cook Book' by Elisa Beynon

The vicar’s wife of the title, Elisa Beynon wends her way through meals cooked for crowds, meals cooked for two after a long day's work and a pre-wedding meal in this charming tome. Recipes are presented in a witty, down to earth manner which give it a similar feel to Nigel Slater’s The Kitchen Diaries.

After winning the Waitrose Food Illustrated competition – which Nigel helped judge - Elisa found a new voice in food writing, presenting delicious, stylish and approachable recipes in a style that is unique and distinctly engaging. Menus are planned out with an eye for balance and range from luxurious dinner party dishes like partridge with pear and onion confit to a cheat’s salmon fishcakes. And all sound absolutely delicious.

The Vicar’s Wife’s Cook Book by Elisa Beynon, published by 4th Estate, £18.99.

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