One Perfect Ingredient by Marcus Wareing

Marcus Waring One Perfect IngredientNow available is Marcus Wareing’s One Perfect Ingredient; three ways to cook it.

“Drawing on experience from his Michelin-starred restaurant, Marcus encourages readers to get inspired by the one perfect ingredient in their cupboards; he begins with a common ingredient from your store cupboard and provides 3 tasty, imaginative recipes for each one.”

The book offers 120 recipes using everyday ingredients from the freezer, fridge or cupboard. Although coming from a two Michelin-starred chef, Waring also worked with Gordon Ramsay and won the Great British Menu competition with his custard tart with Garibaldi biscuits, the book is far from ‘chefy’. Recipes such as Pea and Broad Bean Salad with Manchego Cheese (which I mention as pea shoots appeared in my local Waitrose the other day) and Baked Goat’s Cheese with Figs and Walnuts are simple but sound incredibly tasty.

I see that top blogger The Passionate Cook has already tried out the Home-Cured Gravadlax and you can read about the delicious Lamb Baguette with Fresh Mint Sauce on Spittoon.

While I do find the accompanying photographs rather dull and uninspiring the Ingredients Finder at the back is very handy. If you have a pile of almonds that need using up you can quickly find six different recipes in which to use them, there are three recipes that use cucumber, one that uses rosewater, two that use lettuce etc etc.

One Perfect Ingredient is available from for £10.19.

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