About this book

The Missing Ingredient is about what makes good food, and the first book to consider the intrinsic yet often forgotten role of time in creating the flavours and textures we love.

Reviews, Tweets , Quotes

The Sunday Times review by Bee Wilson Feb 11, 2018

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Rachel Cooke in Observer Food Monthly

The most important ingredient in a meal – time

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From Sunday Times restaurant reviewer Marina O’Loughlin:

Jenny Linford has created something quite remarkable: a treatise on the single most vital and most overlooked element of food and cooking that’s as page-turning as a thriller. It’s hard to believe nobody has tackled the concept of ‘time’ before, and Jenny has done it more than justice. A glorious, essential addition to every food lover’s book shelves.


From investigative food journalist Joanna Blytham:

Beautifully written and highly original, Jenny Linford scrutinises time-honoured food production methods and cookery techniques through the often ignored lens of time. A gently informative, almost lyrical volume for our impatient times.


Food historian Polly Russell tweet:

Loving this new book by @jennylinford Thought I’d be dipping in and out but reading cover to cover.


From acclaimed food editor Jill Norman

It’s thoughtful, lively and original.