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Welcome to the Saltyard

Here at the Saltyard we believe in doing things right. We believe that life is full of goodness. All you need to really enjoy it is a little time.

At the Saltyard we believe that the weekend can be longer, that food can taste better, and that the sunset on Sunday will take a lifetime to dip below the horizon.

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Pleasing distractions

When we're not crafting beautiful books for your reading delight, here are the sites on which we while away the hours:

  • Angela Harding

    Painter and print maker, we just love her wildlife prints inspired by landscapes in Norfolk, Cornwall and Shropshire.

  • Atlantic Blanket Company, Cornwall

    You can never have too many blankets and throws.

  • Bookswarm

    Bookswarm designed our website and we love them because they love books.

  • Cornish Sea Salt

    Season with a pinch of Cornish Sea Salt.

  • David Mellor Design

    Not only for fine tableware made in Sheffield, but for all beautiful kitchen things. And, he designed the traffic light - how cool is that?

  • Frank, Whitstable

    Everyone likes a day out in Whitstable, and once you've been to the Sugar Boy for some mint humbugs then you can shop for nice prints, books and cards in Frank.

  • Much Ado Books

    Not only books, but workshops, crafts and cards. Visit the medieval Alfriston Clergy House while you're there.

  • Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

    An eclectic permanent collection in a Queen Anne house and always wonderful exhibitions.

  • Salts Mill, Saltaire

    A Yorkshire mill. David Hockney. One of the nicest bookshops anywhere, ever.

  • St. Jude’s Gallery

    For obvious reasons. Angie Lewin, Mark Hearld, Emily Sutton, Ed Kluz, Jonathan Gibbs... and for fabrics, cushions and tote bags.

  • The Foodie Bugle

    An emporium of foodie delights, both an online shop and magazine and a lovely new shop in Margaret's Buildings, Bath. We can't wait to visit.

  • The General Store, Peckham

    For feeding us.

  • The Hambledon, Winchester

    Leave your wallet at home... Just saying.

  • The Landmark Trust

    Because who doesn't want to spend a weekend in a folly?

  • Under the Thatch

    Holidays in Wales. Under the thatch and preferably with a wood-burning stove.

  • Woottens of Wenhaston, Suffolk

    A trip to Southwold isn't complete without a detour to Woottens for scented geraniums, pelargoniums, auriculas, lavenders, flag irises. In short, all good things for the garden.

  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    Sculpture, in a park.

Latest offerings

  • En Brogue: The Trainers Guide

    Trainers are no longer just reserved for the gym. From the office to the catwalk (and even hidden under wedding dresses), trainers have become a must-have fashion staple for women of all ages. Who better to chart the history of this most comfortable fo …

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  • Parisian Street Style: The Colouring Book

    In her charming new colouring book – Parisian Street Style – Zoé de Las Cases invites you to join her on a day trip around the streets of Paris. With a mix of full-page floral patterns, Paris cityscapes, picturesque streets and everyday fashion essenti …

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  • Prashad at Home: Everyday Indian Cooking from our Vegetarian Kitchen

    Since winning everyone over on Ramsay’s Best Restaurant, Prashad has grown in size and reputation, and so too has the Patel family. In this, their second book, Kaushy returns the focus to the heart of Indian home cooking. Traditional recipes have been …

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Kind words

“Delicious recipes.”

Reader’s Digest on Honey & Co: The Baking Book

“Just looking at the juicy apricots on the cover of this recipe and memory-filled love letter to Rome is enough to transport you to Italia – land of delicious, superior, mouth-watering cuisine… Five Quarters illuminates the colourful experience of a year in her Italian kitchen where she cooked, ate and wrote, with her notes contributing to the book’s 120 both Italian and British-influenced recipes.”

Scottish Woman Magazine on Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome

“The seemingly inexhaustible list of secrets wielded in Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer’s kitchen is unwrapped here for your home-baking pleasure.”

Guardian on Honey & Co: The Baking Book

“There’s plenty to choose from, breakfasts, lunch, afternoon tea, supper and side dishes as well as some tempting puddings.”

Choice Magazine on Vanilla Black: Fresh Flavours for your Vegetarian Kitchen

“The recipes in the book are not overly complicated, but are a sturdy collection of everyday fare… This is a book filled with excellent recipes – though I found one of Andrew’s tips particularly inspiring: don’t be a slave to the recipe. He assures us there’s always a substitute for an ingredient and some of the best recipes come from experimentation!”

Vegetarian on Vanilla Black: Fresh Flavours for your Vegetarian Kitchen

“This is the most wonderful cookbook, especially – though not exclusively – if you like really reading cookbooks, possibly in bed. Rachel Roddy is a marvellous writer, and her ruminations about living in Rome – about markets, pasta-cooking water, being unfaithful to her usual butcher, Jane Grigson, the old Jewish ghetto, letting the meatballs rest, her daily life and so on, are total heaven (also, excellent restaurant recommendations). What I especially like is that she sounds like a real, complicated-in-a-good-way, intelligent and forthright person, not some ninny going ‘Ooh, I love Italy, me’ while poncing about on a Vespa. She is proper. You feel like a friend is leading you by the hand, going ‘Look at this, make this, and if you make it like this it will taste even better’.

The recipes are great. The vast majority are simple, family-friendly things you or I could make for supper with minimum fuss, and everyone would pat their stomachs delightedly and go ‘Man, that was unbelievably good’. Everything I’ve cooked has been delicious, unfussy, robust and somehow honest. More than once I’ve been surprised by the simplicity of the recipe and the complex deliciousness of the results. Very precise instructions, too. Plus, a beautiful-looking book, beautifully produced, which doesn’t hurt.”

India Knight on Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome

“More than a cookbook, this feels like a smart, useful culinary guide from the wonderful gourmet grocers, Nick Selby and Ian James of Melrose And Morgan. There’s lots of good stuff about about what to store in your kitchen, when to buy seasonally (their big thing!), stocking your larder and how to get the best out of your ingredients. As well as easy and delicious recipes, there are clever touches, such as lovely ideas for making cheap, but effective, foodie gifts, such as herb-infused oils, sea-salted caramel honeycomb or preserved lemons.”

The Pool on Good Food For Your Table: A Grocer’s Guide

“Roddy is a gifted storyteller, and a masterful hand with simple ingredients. She brings to life in mouthwatering detail her culinary love and daily discoveries from a life lived well, of Roman markets and full family tables.”

Guardian Cook on Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome

“Like the best food writing Five Quarters is also a form of travel writing, as it provides a taste of history, memoir and literate display. It is a form of utopian thinking too, you could argue. This is how we might live, it implicitly says. Or at least look at the pictures of how we might live. Why do we love cookery books? Because the best ones are about so much more. Rachel Roddy – like Yotam [Ottolenghi] and Nigel [Slater] – is writing about a sense of place, about culinary culture and culture in general. In short, she is writing about life. The nice pictures are just a bonus.”

Herald on Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome

“I felt that prickle of excitement that you get when you get your hands on a book that you know will be a friend in the kitchen for months and years to come.”

Matching Food and Wine on Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome