This makes for a nostalgic read, particularly for those who have spent time on the North Norfolk coast where Galton’s hotel, Morston Hall, is located.
While it includes recipes for a range of different abilities, it is definitely a book for the ambitious cook. The dishes are achievable, but many, like his favourite summer trifle will leave the maker with a sense of accomplishment, as they can seem a challenge.
The photographs that accompany the recipes are outstanding and act as a very useful guide to the cook – particularly helping to achieve a ‘restaurant look’ to dishes at home. And adding a further dimension are anecdotes and pre-amble from Galton, whose passion for summer cooking stems from childhood holidays on the North Norfolk Coast.
Influences are far reaching, and ingredients are both seasonal and local, demonstrated by such mouth-watering fare as Crab spring rolls with broad bean, asparagus and pea relish.
Galton Blackiston’s Summertime, published by Virgin, £18.99