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Tender: v. 1: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch

by Nigel Slater

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This book is a gorgeous and comprehensive review of twenty-nine vegetables that can be grown in a small space. It appeals to my gardener / cook's heart, and I am so glad that I bought the hardcover edition.

My husband/cook was happy to try out the Hungary-inspired Stew recipe, and when he did we were highly entertained by these directions:

“Bring everything to an enthusiastic simmer . . . “ and

“Bake, unpestered, for a good hour and a half.”

I can't wait to spring another recipe on him, and am only frustrated because I can't figure out how to chose which veggie to read about next. That, and I am not sure why Slater wasted his time on brussel sprouts.
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  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
Lovely in tone, a bit vast in scope. Not for the vegetarian, what with the "better cooked with duck drippings" tone of many recipes. But, but, but . . . for a person who looks to add inspiration to eating locally, seasonally, and with meat playing a supporting role in most meals, you can do far, far worse than Nigel Slater. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 30, 2013 |
When I look at a cookbook for the first time, I do so with sticky notes in hand to mark recipes I’d like to try. I’ve never marked so many pages as I did the first time I opened Nigel Slater’s Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch. Slater is a celebrated food writer in England, but relatively unknown here. He specializes in fresh, comforting, simple fare: while this is a book about vegetables, he doesn’t shy away from cheese, fats and carbs. He is not vegetarian, but his hearty vegetable-based recipes appeal to herbivores and omnivores alike.

Tender is arranged by vegetable, taking inspiration from Slater’s enviably abundant garden. Each vegetable’s chapter is prefaced with an essay on its cultivation in the garden and its uses in the kitchen; Slater is such a charming writer that I was moved to read the book from cover to cover, more like a book of short stories than a cookbook. His evident love for plants and food alike make Tender a must-read, and the incredible food photography throughout makes it a mouthwatering treat even if you never cook a recipe from its pages (though of course you will). ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0007447892, Paperback)

Both volumes of Nigel Slater's Tender, available together for the first time in this collectable boxed edition. The definitive guide to cooking with vegetables and fruit, Tender Volumes I and II reaffirm Nigel Slater's position as Britain's finest food writer. From the presenter of BBC One's Simple Cooking. Collectively nominated an incredible 21 times as Book of the Year. Limited edition. 'The greatest cookery writer of them all.' The Guardian 'No one writes more temptingly about food.' The Independent 'The year's must-have cook book.' The Observer

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With over 400 recipe ideas from the cook's garden, 'Tender' is the definitive guide to vegetables from Nigel Slater, one of Britain's finest food writers.

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