It starts with veg: 100 Seasonal Suppers and Sides

Taking forty vegetables, from the humble potato to celeriac, Chef and food educator, Ceri Jones shows the best ways to prepare them, the tastiest flavour pairings and recipes for each.

Book cover It Starts with Veg by Ceri Jones

When life gives you lemons you make lemonade. But, what happens when life gives you a stick of rhubarb, a kohlrabi or a cabbage? What do you make then? This book is here to help.

The book is divided into vegetable families, such as brassicas, fungi, pods and leaves, and with each recipe, Ceri provides options for vegetables that can be swapped out with another one in its family – allowing variety and reducing the need to shop for more ingredients so that you can make use of what you already have in the cupboard.

The recipes are all written to serve two people and are easy to scale up if you want to cook for more – they are designed to get on the table with minimal fuss. While vegetables are the stars of the show, the recipes also include seasonal fruits, plenty of fresh herbs, whole grains, legumes, a little meat, fish and seafood, dairy and spices.

Illustrated by Freya Elise Kemp, this is a book that celebrates seasonality, produce, sustainability and, of course, eating more veg. Quite simply, your way of cooking veg and your recipe repertoire will be transformed. Recipes include; Kale and Walnut Pesto Green Lasagne; Kohlrabi Carpaccio with Avocado, Blood Orange and Chilli; Leek, Roasted Pepper and Cheese Toasties; and a Leftover Roasties, Herb and Gruyère Frittata.

“It’s 10 years this week that I finished my chef training, so this book has been a LONG time coming and I have poured everything I have learned in the last 10+ years into it. I always dreamed of writing a cookbook, when I decided to leave my music job 11 years ago, and well, finally I did it. I hope it’s the first of many…”, explains Jones.

Ceri Jones trained as a Natural Chef in Berkeley, California. Her cooking has always had a focus on health and community, and she has carved out a niche cooking on wellness retreats around the world. Currently Food Educator at the Garden Museum in London, Jones has pioneered one of the first museum food learning programmes in the country.

It starts with veg: 100 Seasonal Suppers and Sides (Pavilion Books) will be released on the 6th of June, 2024.