Cook the Book: 'River Cottage Every Day'

20110406-146098-river-cottage-everyday.jpgFor those of you unfamiliar with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, founder of River Cottage here's an introduction from British comedian, Stephen Fry:

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is quite my favourite of all the prominent food-writers and presenters. Never quite as shaggy, messy and disgusting as he first appears, his great knowledge, passion, insight, intelligence and skill are hidden under the silliest hair in Europe.

Fearnley-Whittingstall has been championing local, seasonal, and responsible eating in the U.K. since the mid-90s, penning cookbooks and hosting television programs broadcast from River Cottage, a hunting lodge turned farm where he produces his own food for his family and his viewers. River Cottage has since expanded to include a deli and canteen specializing in locally produced provision, a cooking school, and a whole host of lovely cookbooks devoted to Fearnley-Whittingstall's sustainable take on cooking and eating.

His latest, River Cottage Every Day highlights the simply prepared meals that Fearnley-Whittingstall serves to his family. The premise behind the book is that cooking from scratch using fresh, local ingredients is a possibility for everyone, pretty much everyday.

This week we will be sharing recipes from River Cottage Every Day starting with a sweetly breakfasty Baked Cheesecake, packing Chicken and Leek Pasties for lunch, and finishing the day with an simply elegant plate of Scallops with Pea Purée and Ham.

Win 'River Cottage Every Day'

Thanks to the generous folks over at Ten Speed, we are giving away five (5) copies of River Cottage Every Day this week. All you have to do is tell us about about your favorite everyday meal in the comments section below.

The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.