I have a growing collection of cookbooks and when I was at the local library shop and saw this large and thick book with the strong man carrying a bushel of peaches on the cover, it caught my eye. I have to confess, getting a gorgeous and color filled, high quality $35 cookbook for only $2 made me grab it immediately, but when I got it home and had adequate time to study it page by page, I almost felt as though I had won the lotto. Author Seamus Mullen’s own story is fascinating and the book begins with his personal journey with food.
The book is then divided into seasons beginning with winter in Barcelona, Spain and focuses on olive oil, dried beans, grains, and anchovies. Next he moves to Spring on his rooftop and he focuses on eggs, poultry, sweet peas, parsley and berries. He then shifts us to summer where we spend it with him on the farm and we learn about carrots, corn, fish and stone fruit.
Finally, we spend autumn with him in Vermont and we experience the full flavors of mushrooms, squash, greens and good meat.
This cookbook is unlike any other I have owned and I love the way it is laid out seasonally and that it focuses on simple, organic and healthy ingredients. Mullen wrote this book after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and he had to modify his own diet to improve his well-being.
This cookbook is his first and it pairs traditional Spanish cuisine with rustic farm-to-table ingredients and I surely hope it is not his last cookbook.
He entitled it Hero Food because it highlights 18 ingredients he primarily uses to manage the symptoms of his illness.
Image Sources: Seamus’ website