218 beautifully lavish, sumptuously illustrated pages devoted to Rare Brand Market’s artisan food producers, with unusual, mouth-watering recipes to accompany each producer’s story.
Why is the Rare Brand Market doing a cookbook? “The reason is two-fold,” says author and Rare Brand Market founder Emma Schwarz. “With my heart I am influenced by a personal love affair with food. With my head it makes good business sense as we have had dealings with an increasing number of rare food brands and artisan producers.” The passion for food that Emma has invested in this book is tangible. And if credentials were a concern, the glowing foreword by boutique hotelier Robin Hutson – he of Lime Wood and The Pig – sets the tone.
The Rare Brand Market has sourced producers from not only the length and breadth of the UK but one or two from further afield, such as Mesto artisan olive oil from Crete; from an organic meat company which rejoices in the name The Well Hung Meat Company to luxury hand made ice cream producer Caroline’s Dairy in Sussex, whose story includes this: “Wide field margins are left uncultivated and are used as hunting corridors by barn owls and for nesting by skylarks, yellowhammers and English partridge”.
Care for the environment features frequently; Brighton based Espresso Mushroom Company, who sell mushroom growing kits using waste coffee grounds, “knows it is very important to reduce emissions and hopes their company plays a part in inspiring others to value resources and up-cycle other ‘waste’ products too”.
But the main emphasis is on the quality of the food, its background and sharing tips for its best use. Yarty is “Britain’s premium artisan cordial handmade in Hampshire to old family recipes without any nasty added extras… ‘England in a bottle’ according to Johnny Depp”. I agree! I came across Yarty cordials at a food fair a few years ago and have been hooked since then on their fresh home-made flavour.
Deliciously irresistible, this is a book you can keep going back to time and time again, and you’ll keep finding new titbits… although my copy is now starting to fall open at ‘Raspberry, fig, pecan & ginger ice cream cake’!
As part of RBM’s philosophy of giving back, sales of the book help fundraise for Action against Hunger Nutrition Programme.
For more information or to order your copy go to www.therarebrandmarket.co.uk