On the Side Cookbook Review + a Word with Ed Smith

Recently, I was sent a review copy of the On the Side cookbook, a brand new book from Ed Smith, a UK-based food writer, blogger, chef and now cookbook author. On the Side is a compact and very good looking cookbook filled with 140 different side dish recipes and tips that will “make your pulses, roots, vegetables and greens dazzle in their own right”. We’re talking things like grilled green tomatoes with oregano and chilli, celeriac baked in a salt and thyme crust, carrots with brown butter and hazelnuts, chorizo roast potatoes, and sweet potato and rosemary hash-rosti. Hungry yet? How about this delicious red rice with beetroot, feta and wild oregano:

On the Side cookbook

Red Rice with Beetroot, Feta and Wild Oregano from On the Side

On the Side has been endorsed by renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi who says it’s “Full of recipes I want to cook and eat”. I agree with this sentiment and am excited by a book that is filled with so many great ideas of what to eat with that piece of steak, chicken or sausages.

So, if you’re looking for a handy source of inspiration for what to cook on any given day of the week or when you’ve got friends coming around or even when you’ve been told to bring a side or a salad to someone else’s dinner party, On the Side is the cookbook for you.On the Side cookbook by Ed Smith

In addition to checking out the book, I also had the chance to ask Ed some questions about the On the Side Cookbook and his journey as a food writer and cookbook author. Here’s how it went.

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