This is a content-rich, stylishly-designed book that should find its way into every discerning kitchen.
Melrose & Morgan are two grocery shops based in Hampstead and Primrose Hill. Nick and Ian gave up other careers to open their shop 10 years ago, and now have a well-established food brand with a reputation second to none. In 2014 they opened up a pop-up shop in Selfridges. Follow them on Twitter @Melrose_Morgan
How can you spot the best beef? Are there sure-fire short cuts to liven up boiled spuds? Where should eggs be stored? In their new book, the founders of Melrose and Morgan answer these nagging questions and many more... - Independent MagazineThe tome offers a wealth of information on varieties, origins, brewing methods and storage. - The WharfFans of the cult grocer Melrose and Morgan will be pleased to see this culinary compendium hit the shelves. - Beautiful Kitchens magazineIt exceeds all expectations - informative, educational, succinct and useful, it is a very handy guide for all food shoppers and cooks. Everything you ever wanted to know about groceries - but never dared to ask - is contained within its bright and fresh covers...This is a richly researched book - from the history of chocolate to sustainable fishing, identifying apple varieties, cooking with unusual herbs, buying ethically reared meat, storing oils and sourcing herbal teas, every aspect of the intelligent food shopping basket is considered. - The Foodie Bugle BlogWith everything from delicious, simple seasonal recipes and a lesson in bread making to a coffee 101 and a guide to creating the perfect cheeseboard, it seems we'll have more excuses than ever to stock up on their fab foodstuffs. - Fabric MagazineAn indispensable guide from a very modern grocer. - Homes and GardensA beautiful grocer's guide, it deconstructs the contents of an average kitchen cupboard and details how to cook seasonal food. - ShortlistMore than a cookbook, this feels like a smart, useful culinary guide from the wonderful gourmet grocers, Nick Selby and Ian James of Melrose And Morgan. There's lots of good stuff about about what to store in your kitchen, when to buy seasonally (their big thing!), stocking your larder and how to get the best out of your ingredients. As well as easy and delicious recipes, there are clever touches, such as lovely ideas for making cheap, but effective, foodie gifts, such as herb-infused oils, sea-salted caramel honeycomb or preserved lemons. - The Pool