Saffron is by Sally Francis, who also runs Norfolk Saffron, a business involved in growing and selling, you guessed it – saffron! I bought this book when I went to her open day a couple of years ago.
The Story of England’s Red Gold with Delicious Saffron Recipes that Family and Friends will Love.
An excellent and in-depth excursion through the biology, history, horticulture, pharmacology and gastronomy of saffron, all in one slim volume. Sally Francis is an engaging writer, and explores her subject knowledgeably, but in easy-reading terms.
I had dipped into this book already, in search of recipes (there are a good range), but now I sat down and enjoyed reading all about the plant, its biochemistry, origins, legends, husbandry and contribution to England’s (and other countries’) economics in Tudor and Stuart times.
A fascinating and very readable book, with added perks. I’m dying to try the leek and saffron broth, followed by the golden saffron ice-cream!
As well as buying Saffron by Sally Francis online, you can also buy it from her saffron shop, and maybe some saffron, too. Note that due to customs regulations sales are restricted for some purchasers.
The best time to buy saffron is around November – March, as it is harvested October time, so buy now! Her little pots go a long way.