A perfect autumn recipe – Frances Bissell’s saffron cake with pears

Later this year, Serif Books will be publishing the third volume in Frances Bissell’s acclaimed series on cooking with flowers, The Fragrant Pantry: Floral Scented Jams, Jellies and Liqueurs. In the meantime here is a delicious autumnal recipe from the second volume in the trilogy, The Floral Baker: Cakes, Pastries and Breads


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A delicious recipe for pork, white wine, and figs from ancient Rome

This week’s free recipe comes from Roman Cookery, Mark Grant’s classic work on the cuisine of ancient Rome. Roman Cookery unveils one of Europe’s last great culinary secrets: the food eaten by the ordinary people of ancient Rome. Based on olive oil, fish and fresh vegetables, their cuisine was the origin of the Mediterranean diet as we know it today and, in particular, of classic Italian cooking.


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