Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: August 01, 2012
Binding: Paperback Book
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According to research, most Australians have no more than ten recipes in their entire culinary repertoire, and these basic dishes are the staples of family dinner regardless of what foods might actually be in season. The Food Clock is a device used repeatedly throughout this book reminding the reader to what season the recipe belongs. So why the Food Clock? There are four great reasons to cook with the cycles of the year. First of all you'll save money, as seasonal foods are always less expensive. In particular you'll find great value fruit and veg at the tail end of their season. Secondly, the quality is guaranteed to be better. You can buy imported cherries in the middle of winter, but they have been air-freighted and cold-stored resulting in a great looking fruit that tastes of nothing. Meanwhile, delicious local pears and quinces are stacked high at the greengrocer. Thirdly, seasonal food consumes fewer resources to produce - less agricultural inputs like fertiliser, and fewer 'food miles' in transport. But the last reason is also the most important: this seasonally-better, cheaper and more-local food requires less work in the kitchen, making the whole process of cooking significantly easier. If you start with an anaemic tomato, then it takes enormous amounts of labour and knowledge to transform it into something edible. But when you start with a perfectly sweet summer-ripened tomato, then all you need is a simple dressing to create a work of art.