Rosie Ramsden has invented a whole new way of planning meals: it's called The Recipe Wheel.
She takes one simple, core recipe – like risotto – that sits at the centre of its own recipe wheel. From there lead spokes or threads to new, more developed recipes – select your perfect dish by occasion, budget or time.
Each wheel is like a mind map, bringing flavours together and encouraging the reader to mix and match, adding to their own creativity and cooking skills. A basic roast chicken inspires dishes like chicken, mango and cashew nut curry; white bread goes into beetroot panzanella or butterbean, garlic and thyme on toast. Get creative with risotto with Barley risotto with chestnut and savoy. A simple sponge cake becomes three-tier vanilla raspberry cake, and custard is transformed into rhubarb treacle creme brulee or peach and amaretto trifle.
It's a completely original idea – the book will be illustrated only with the recipe wheel graphics. This innovative cookbook, from an exciting new voice in cookery, turns the idea of the traditional recipe book on its head.
The Recipe Wheel is so ingenious that I found myself wondering why no one had done it before. Rosie Ramsden's recipes are clear and intelligent and her writing is elegant and impeccably well-mannered. A real breath of fresh air.
Just reading the recipes made my stomach rumble - which is as sure a sign of a good cookbook as I can think of... A deliciously brilliant way to expand your kitchen repertoire.
With recipes that cry out to be cooked and a voice that is gentle and calming Rosie Ramsden is your new best friend in the kitchen