HarperCollins has bought world all language rights for The Joyful Home Cook by Rosie Birkett, described as "an inspirational, practical and modern approach to cooking at home, with a strict eye on reducing waste". HarperNonFiction editorial director Katya Shipster struck the deal with Jon Elek at United Agents, with the book set to be published in May 2019.
The publisher said: "As well as resurrecting some under-used kitchen skills like smoking, brining and fermenting, Rosie aims to encourage forgotten and under-appreciated ingredients such as lovage and buttermilk to be re-embraced, while applying a thoroughly modern approach to flavour combinations, time restrictions and global culinary influences. A practical guide with a strong DIY ethos (for example, instead of throwing away potato peelings from making gnocchi, use them to make quick homemade crisps), the book is Rosie’s love letter to seasonality and the gifts that nature brings, guiding the reader through how best to coax flavour from ingredients while they're at their very best.
"The Joyful Home Cook will inspire readers to cultivate well-stocked culinary arsenals that they can call upon at any time to quickly rustle up a good meal, be it fresh from the shops or in the form of a post-work fridge forage. Cleverly written and planned out, recipes such as broccoli, chilli and anchovy gratin, wild garlic and chicken pie, and whey brined lamb chops will leave readers well prepared to cook up a seasonal feast of joyful flavours, every time."
Birkett is a food writer, broadcaster and author, who has cooked at residencies and pop ups across London, including Carousel in Marylebone and J Sheekey Oyster Bar, and collaborated on dinners with chefs James Lowe and Jose Pizarro. She is a columnist for BBC Good Food Magazine, contributes to the bi-monthly Market Life magazine produced by Borough Market, and makes frequent appearances on Channel 4’s "Sunday Brunch" and BBC’s "Saturday Kitchen".
Birkett said she was "thrilled" to be joining the list at HarperCollins with a book that celebrates the simple, achievable and unifying pleasure of cooking and eating delicious homemade food. "The Joyful Home Cook is the book I've been gearing up to write for the last few years, and reflects my passion for the life-improving power of food, and my belief that no matter what your cookery skill level, everyone can create game-changing meals at home," she said.’
Shipster said: "Rosie’s smart recipes really sing and her food will bring joy, both to cook and to eat, every day of the year."