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Tender : Volume II - A Cook's Guide to the Fruit Garden by Nigel Slater

Tender : Volume II - A Cook's Guide to the Fruit Garden

Cookery, Food and Drink   The Real World   
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Shortlisted for the Galaxy Food & Drink Book of the Year 2010.

Somehow with Nigel Slater, I become a half-decent cook; firstly I’m hooked by the lusciousness of his prose and then the recipes, so tempting, so un-fussy, so right, what a Godsend he is. And in this his latest book, Tender Volume 2, it is fruit that is centre stage and a wonderful time of the year to have this to hand with all the superb English fruits now available. It is crammed with delicious ideas and recipes and written with such an intoxicating love of fruits that you will be tempted into growing as well as cooking. I couldn’t resist trying out some of the recipes, his apple and courgette cake is sublime!

Tender: Volume I, A Cook and his Vegetable Patch, Nigel Slater
The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen, Nigel Slate

Who is Sue Baker

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. A year after the elegantly produced first volume of Tender burst onto the cookery scene, Nigel Slater brings his same high standards to an equally exquisite companion volume, which does for fruit what the first book did for vegetables. His expertise comes from nurturing a modest urban garden, not a grand estate, so his growing advice for each fruit might just encourage us to produce a little of our own. And, of course, the range of fruits means that there are some not often found in recipe books, like quince, for example. The recipes, of which there are over 300, range from great savoury meat dishes with fruit, like pork chops with cider and apples and lamb and apricot, to luxurious hot puddings and fresh-tasting fruit ice-creams. And Slater’s familiar conversational style makes this a recipe book to take to bed and read, and not just one to confine to the kitchen. Sublime!
~ Fiona Lafferty


Tender : Volume II - A Cook's Guide to the Fruit Garden by Nigel Slater

With over 200 recipe ideas and many wonderful stories from the fruit garden, Tender: Volume II -- A cook's guide to the fruit garden is the definitive guide to cooking with fruit from Britain's finest food writer. 'When I dug up my lawn to grow my own vegetables and herbs I planted fruit too. A handful of small trees - plum, apple and pear - some raspberry, blackberry and currant bushes and even strawberries in pots suddenly joined my patch of potatoes, beans and peas. These fruits became the backbone of my home baking, the stars in my cakes and pastries and even inspired the odd pot of jam. More than this, I started to use them in new ways too, from a weekday supper of pork chops with cider and apples to a Chinese Sunday roast with spiced plum sauce. The hot family puddings and fruit ices we had always loved so much suddenly took on a delicious new significance.'


Reviews for Tender Volume I:

'The sensual pleasure he gets from growing and cooking the produce from his small London vegetable patch is vividly conveyed in gentle, evocative prose
The Spectator

'Beautiful, inspiring and informative'
BBC Good Food Magazine

'Tender will not disappoint Slater's fans!the recipes are simple, tasty and sometimes a little bit naughty!the photography compliments the book perfectly!a highlight on any bookshelf'
Jaime Magazine

'A food writer who loves the best ingredients, Nigel Slater writes lyrically about the freshness, texture and subtlety of flavour of freshly harvested vegetables! a delicious book' LADY

About the Author

Nigel Slater

Nigel Slater is one of Britain's most highly regarded food writers. His beautifully written prose, warm personality and unpretentious, easy-to-follow recipes have won him a huge following.

He is the author of a collection of much loved cookery books: Real Fast Food (1992), The 30 Minute Cook (1994), Real Good Food (1995) and Real Cooking (1997). He writes an award winning weekly column in the Observer and edits their Food Monthly supplement. His weekly Observer column is syndicated internationally and he is a regular contributor to Sainsbury's The Magazine.

Real Fast Food was shortlisted for the André Simon Award. Real Cooking' was shortlisted for a Glenfiddich Award and The 30-Minute Cook was shortlisted for both the Glenfiddich and Julia Child Awards. He has won the Cookery Writer of the Year Award, Media Personality of the Year and the Glenfiddich Trophy.

Real Food, published in September 1998, accompanied an eight-part Channel 4 TV series, and was based upon the eight ingredients about which he is especially passionate. Real Food was awarded the 1999 Glenfiddich Award for Best Visual Work (photography by Jonathan Lovekin and art direction by Nigel Slater), and Nigel was also awarded the 1999 Best Newspaper Cookery Journalist. Appetite by Nigel Slater was a hardback bestseller in autumn 2000 and won the André Simon Cookbook of the Year Award.

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16th September 2010


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Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


592 pages


Cookery, Food and Drink
The Real World

Cookery by ingredient
Gardening: growing fruit & vegetables



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