Madalene Bonvini-Hamel has worked in some of the country’s finest restaurants, from Aubergine (under Gordon Ramsay) and Claridges, and under Michel Roux Jr at Le Gavroche. We’re delighted that she has teamed up with her publishers Absolute Press, to offer the Great British Chefs community three signed copies of her acclaimed first cook book - The British Larder: A Cookbook for All Seasons.
Madalene’s story is one to inspire all food bloggers and lovers of food. In 2008 she began The British Larder, as an online inspirational recipe diary designed to inspire creativity and passion among likeminded foodies. Along with her husband Ross Pike, they wrote about all the food they loved. Their popular site also included the latest on seasonal ingredients, restaurants, inspirational chefs, outstanding food producers, cookbooks and even useful and well designed gadgets.
Photography became a slight obsession with Madalene. However, with her professional chef’s training, it gave her the opportunity to capture the food through the eye of a professional chef instead of a professional photographer.
Madalene and Ross decided to take their years of experience & passion and turn their virtual home into a real culinary home. On 6th of August 2010 they moved from clicks to bricks and opened the doors to British Larder, Suffolk. Since then their pub has won many prizes. Within the first year of opening they have won Best Gastro Pub East Anglia 2011. In September 2011 their pub won the Taste England Award at the Suffolk Tourism Awards 2011. The British Larder also found favours with Michelin inspectors and featured in the Michelin Pub Guide 2011. Last year the pub received 'Best Newcomer' at the 2012 Top 50 Gastropub Awards.
Now with Madalene’s passion for seasonal, locally-sourced produce is share in a beautifully produced cook book. It gives you a month-by-month tour of the best produce that the country has to offer. As with her pub the book has also gained wide acclaim. The British Larder won the World Gourmand Cookbook Award for Best UK Cookbook by a woman chef in 2012. It’s now on the shortlist for the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards for 2013.
The main beauty about this book is that it’s a reference book as much as a recipe book. It’s also a great story book; a story of Madalene’s passion and love for her career and her passion for British seasonal food.
Each dish is accessible and doesn’t need a lot of professional equipment to prepare. You’ll also find lots of advice on essential British Larder basics such as stocks & sauces. But because of the lovely photography it’s also a book you can curl up with and enjoy with a cup of tea.
The content is divided up into seasons, with each chapter dedicated to one of the months of the year. Madalene focusses on the best British ingredients available in those months. So if you’re lucky enough to win a copy start reading it from the chapter that corresponds with that the month you receive it.
Visit our British Larder Cookbook contest page to discover how to win a signed copy of this lovely book. Good luck.