Simon Hopkinson Cooks

Gosh, reading Simon Hopkinson is a pleasure.  He's so economical: conveying so much with such a light hand. Insistent in terms of attention to detail, and pedantic without ever being snobbish (his ingredients include Hovis bread and Sharwood's mango chutney), his chapter introductions in his new book are examples of food writing at its very best.  The book is Simon Hopkinson Cooks, and it contains all the recipes that were featured in the TV series of the same name that he did at the beginning of the summer for More 4. The recipes themselves, organised into menus for occasions such as Easter Day (which begins with a Mimosa, includes a roast rack of lamb with creamed spinach, and ends with a hot-cross-bun-bread and butter pudding), are great, and the combinations of dishes brilliantly considered. I made his aubergines with ginger, spring onions and red chilli, and lemon pilau rice two nights ago and both were delicious, lovely, spicy, scented things to make and eat. But it's the writing that makes this book an instant cooking classic. So it's extra pleasing that we've got three signed copies to give away. To win one, fill in the form below by 5pm on Thursday 10th October, when we'll pick three lucky names out of a hat.

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Simon Hopkinson Cooks (Ebury Press)
— Daisy
22nd September 2013