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Our 5 Favourite Spring Cookbooks

Cook up a springtime storm with these seasonal recipe books, perfect for this exciting time of year

The first signs of spring are starting to appear and we at The Bell Inn, one of the best places to eat in the New Forest, couldn’t be happier about it. The local area will soon be awash with the bright colours of Bluebell season and the clippety-clop of tiny hooves as foals come out to play. We wave goodbye to wintry produce and say hello to springtime favourites such as asparagus, rhubarb and broccoli, but if you’re not sure what to do with these new flavours after months of hearty pies and filling roast dinners, we’ve brought you the best spring cookbooks to guide you through.

Citrus: Recipes That Celebrate the Sour and the Sweet

Nothing puts a spring in your step quite like the zingy zest of a lime or the sour tones of a lemon, so this book is pretty perfect for citrus fiends. Lift mealtimes out of their winter slump with this citrus extravaganza.

Ducksoup Cookbook: The Wisdom of Simple Cooking

Our New Forest restaurant is well known for its use of simple ingredients to turn a humble game dish into something spectacular, which is why we are huge fans of this cookbook from Claire Lattin and Tom Hill. Spring is a time for enjoying the outdoors, so simplicity is key and you’ll be glad to know this cookbook shows you how a smattering of pine nuts or a squeeze of something fruity can turn a regular dish into something outstanding.

Nettle Cookbook: Recipes for Foragers and Foodies

Nettles are normally associated with childhood and the searing pain of falling into them whilst playing with friends. In recent years, however, these inhabitants of the New Forest have become popular with cooks the world over and are considered one of the best (lesser known) springtime ingredients to use in your cooking. This book shares how to use them in everyday recipes, so if you are feeling experimental, this one’s for you.

Green Kitchen at Home: Quick and Healthy Vegetarian Food for Everyday

It’s good to take a break from eating meat every once in a while and, considering how much fresh produce you can find in the surrounding area, we are always looking for exciting ways to liven up vegetarian options. Our New Forest restaurant lives for wholesome, hearty food and this book explains how you can still achieve that warming supper without the meat.

The Eckert Family Spring Cookbook: Strawberry, Asparagus, Herb Recipes, and More

The third instalment of the Eckert Family Cookbooks not only advises how to cook favourites including Eckert’s Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce and Grilled Pork and Onion Kabobs, but it provides handy tips and techniques for preparation and freezing. A practical cookbook to make life a little easier come springtime.

Spring is such a fun time to experiment with food and try out new and exciting recipes now winter is behind us, but if you’d rather sit back and let us do all the hard work for you, head to our New Forest restaurant to enjoy delicious, locally sourced springtime treats instead.

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