Fancy a Bit On the Side?

Discovering the art of the Side Dish

At TOAST we love to entertain so we always get excited when a fab new cookbook comes out and inspires us to plan our next dinner party menu, and this one in particular is destined to turn your next feast for friends up a notch.

Typically cookbooks focus on the main course, but not this one. Whilst writing his food blog Rocket & Squash, Ed Smith noticed that a key part of our meal was being ignored. On too many occasions, side dishes were being relegated to an over-boiled afterthought, or dismissed with a 'eat with potatoes' or 'serve with seasonal greens' throwaway line. So as you can probably guess from its title, On The Side instead celebrates the side dish.

Inside you'll find 140 inspiring recipes and insightful tips to make your pulses, roots, vegetables and greens dazzle in their own right. Think garlic oil pea shoots, smoky ratatouille, celeriac baked in a salt and thyme crust, carrots with brown butter and hazelnuts, spelt grains with wild mushrooms, and chorizo roast potatoes. 

Packed full with gorgeous imagery and beautifully designed, Ed has created a book that makes side dishes as exciting and delicious as the main event itself. Hurrah!

On The Side Dishes

On The Side Book Cover Ed Smith

Our Verdict: 

A must-have mouth-watering read for any discerning host or home cook, and a gorgeous gift for any foodie too.  

Where you can buy it: 

You can purchase On The Side from Amazon or Bloomsbury 


Retails at £17.99