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Cook Your Own Veg [Hardcover]

Carol Klein
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6 Oct 2008
No book has ever made it so easy for the gardener-cook to get the most from fresh veg, herbs, and leaves. Britain's favorite gardener, Carol Klein, considers every stage in the process - from harvesting through storing to cooking. In the first chapter, on gardening, she demonstrates how and when to harvest each plant to get the best flavor while encouraging growth for next year (for instance, use a small fork when unearthing your roots and you'll protect the worms who will give you great soil for next year; leave onions on the soil to dry out before transporting them into the house for storage).This is followed by four seasonal chapters, each covering approx 10 veg, leaves, and herbs. For each food, she details all the parts of the plant you can eat, how to cook the food when its young, how to cook older specimens, and how to store it (usually on the plant or in the soil), enabling you to enjoy all sorts of ingredients you could never find in a shop. Plus there are over 80 fresh and easy recipes, enabling you to make the most of your seasonal produce.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; First Edition edition (6 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845334078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845334079
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 25.2 x 99 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Best-known as co-presenter of BBC TV's Gardeners' World, Carol Klein is an internationally renowned gardener. Manchester-born Carol moved to Devon in the late 1970s with her two daughters. She started propagating plants because she couldn't afford to buy the ones she wanted for her own garden. Friends suggested she sell the spares, so Carol opened a stall in the local market, and eventually she opened her own nursery which is now a thriving business. Carol has designed four commercial show gardens at Chelsea, won five Cheslsea gold medals. Carol has presented several gardening shows since her television debut on Gardeners' World in 1989, including Garden Party, Wild About the Garden and Real Gardens. In 2007, Mitchell Beazley published Carol's hugely successful Grow Your Own Veg, which has sold in excess of 200,000 copies. Carol also writes regularly for Gardeners' World magazine and House & Garden, and is a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph Gardening section.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
The precis of this book is very good and an accurate description of the book. Looking through it I can almost hear Carol's distinctive accent from Gardeners World reading it to me.

Carol starts off with providing some general guidance on growing - enriching the soil, companion planting etc. This isn't thorough advice - and of course, there is her other book which takes you through the entire growing process.

Vegetables are dealt with by season - even if you don't grow them, by doing this Carol lets you know what is in season when. For each vegetable she includes (limited) details on how to grow it, how to store it, how to prepare it, how to harvest it, the main cooking technique and other cooking methods and uses. Where possible she'll also give hints on eating other parts of the plant (eating sprouting broccoli when it's the size of cress, pea pods). She then gives a couple of recipes for each vegetable.

For the size of book, I was expecting more recipes. But the book has turned out better for not being crammed with them. I've learnt far more about the vegetables I'm eating from Carol's writing, and, as with her other book, I feel even more inspired to get growing. In addition - in case it isn't obvious - this is a vegetarian cookbook.

I can't say that I'm wild about all the recipes - some of them don't seem particulaly inspired: the two asaparagus recipes are steam-boiled asparagus and barbecued asaragus (the first includes salt as well as asparagus and suggests the addition of a dressing (she does include some recipes later in the book), the second is just asparagus). I can partially understand this - you let the flavours sing for themselves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars cook your own veg by carol klein. 25 Aug 2013
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a very good book in very good condition and interesting read with good tips and photograpghs and a good price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book 8 Feb 2012
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From it's title I expected more recipes and less growing type information. The recipes taste good I just wish as a cook book that there were more of them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book but not enough recipes 31 Jan 2011
By V. Bird
I already have Carol's growing veg book which is brilliant, so I was expecting this to be more cooking less gardening. But I suppose Carol is more a gardener than a cook (and that is why we love her after all) so for those wanting new ideas on using up the glut of courgettes and chard you may be a little disappointed. It is still a lovely book but if you could only have one cook your veg book but much better to spend a bit more and get Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook.
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