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Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook [Hardcover]

Sarah Raven , Jonathan Buckley
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Book Description

4 Jun 2007
This is the ultimate all-in-one reference for anyone who orders a fruit or vegetable box, is a regular at a farmers' market or simply dreams of a life filled with good quality food. Taking us through the year in six seasonal chunks of two months each, Gardener's World presenter Sarah Raven introduces us to the best vegetables, fruit and herbs grown in the UK. For each one, there are hosts of simple yet inspiring recipes - over 450 in all - ranging from Warm broad bean salad to Green mayonnaise; Spinach and Gruyere tart to Mint and pea tip risotto; Sweet potato gratin to Celeriac souffle; and Basil ice cream to Damson and almond pudding. Practical, engaging, and gorgeously realised with Jonathan Buckley's vivid photographs taken in Sarah's family garden in East Sussex, Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook offers a colourful and delicious repertoire of ideas that put vegetables, herbs and fruit at the centre of every meal, all year round.

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (4 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747588708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747588702
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Raven is a broadcaster, teacher and writer. She has made regular appearances on Gardeners' World, the BBC's flagship gardening programme; she runs her own cookery and gardening school at Perch Hill in East Sussex; and she is the author of The Cutting Garden, Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook (which was the Guild of Food Writers Cookery Book of the Year 2008) and Sarah Raven's Complete Christmas.

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'How could anyone not want to grow and cook their own food after
reading this book?' -- Nigel Slater

'It's pretty much the book I was hoping to write myself. I'll have
to think of something else now...' -- Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

'This is a unique book for both gardeners and cooks' -- Rose Gray

A dazzling book - inspiring, intelligent, invaluable. -- Nigel Slater

It's pretty much the book I was hoping to write myself. I'll have to think of something else now... -- Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Passion for growing, picking and cooking your own food drips from every page.
-- Grow Your Own

Stand-out book that marries mouth-watering pictures and prose with good recipes. -- The Times

This is a unique book for both gardeners and cooks, combining Sarah's passion for growing herbs, salads and vegetables with a wide variety of delicious seasonal recipes. -- Rose Gray

About the Author

Sarah Raven is a broadcaster, teacher and writer. Her first book, The Cutting Garden, won the Garden Writers' Guild Award for Best Specialist Gardening Book. Sarah makes regular appearances on Gardeners' World, the BBC's flagship gardening programme, sharing her expertise on fruit and vegetables, both from Berryfields and from her own garden at Perch Hill in East Sussex. Jonathan Buckley specialises in garden and plant photography and has been working with Sarah Raven, taking photographs at Perch Hill, for ten years. He was awarded the title Garden Writers' Guild Features Photographer of the Year in 2004.

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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book because my husband gardens enthusiastically by Sarah Raven's The Great Vegetable Plot, a present from his daughter.

I have a lot of cookery books on my shelves. But having just browsed through Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook, I can tell you at once that I will be using this book often. Some of her recipes I have already used; she is generous throughout with other people's ideas (and acknowledges them). It is tremendously useful to have, gathered together in one volume, so many things to do with the sometimes over-abundant produce of the potager. And indeed to showcase those first delicate broad beans, asparagus spears, peas and new potatoes.

The emphasis here is on vegetables and fruit, but the book is not vegetarian. Where a few slivers of raw ham will make things more delicious, there they are. And delicious the recipes look. Ms Raven's days working at the River Café shine through her use of fresh garden produce.

But if you have no garden, the book will still give you plenty of ideas. And I mean plenty. This is not one of those cookbooks with only one recipe to a spread. There are lots, and lots. And the introduction to each fruit or vegetable contains still more ideas, often simple and quick, always mouth-watering.

The book is well produced with thick pages and two ribbon markers (already in use chez moi - and the book only arrived here where I live in rural France with the postman around midday today).

The index looks excellent (really important if you are searching for a way of using a glut of a particular herb, or lesser ingredient). I would have enjoyed a bibliography, but the generous acknowledgement of sources throughout the text adequately replaces one.
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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing cookbook, but frustrating at times 12 Feb 2008
By Poroto
I have resisted writing a review until now, as by and large I think this is a wonderful book and I am in agreement with many of the positive reviews. However, I have experienced my fourth "disaster" using recipes from this book today and I really had to say something. I am a fairly experienced cook but this book really does not explain things as well as it should / could. I made the "Mushrooms with polenta" which says that you need to allow the polenta to "cool completely" before cutting it into wedges to fry. However, given the quantities of water required in the recipe in proportion to the polenta (1.5L water to 140g polenta), there is NO WAY you are ever going to "cool completely" enough to be able to cut it into wedges from just cooking it a "few minutes" as Ms Raven suggests, unless you subsequently put it in the deep freeze overnight. This I knew from experience, but I gave Ms. Raven the benefit of the doubt. The result: completely liquidy polenta and hours wasted boiling down and a ruined saucepan. I have had other similar episodes: The "Meringue roulade with raspberries", delicious though it was, was not deemed a success due to the recipe's direction: "Place the tin fairly near the top of the preheated oven" - now, my oven is not a very expensive one - it has, as its heat source at the top, an electric grill even in an oven setting. This means that if you put things too close it will inevitably brown quicker than normal ovens. Which is exactly what happened to my meringue, browning the top and the almonds but not cooking the inside, leading to a mushy meringue. I would have appreciated an explanatory note for different kinds of ovens. The "Mint and apple compote" was another one. As the recipe does not specify what kind of apple, I presumed unwisely that it must be cooking apples. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars I nearly didn't buy this book... 2 Jan 2009
By Kentish Woman VINE VOICE
I nearly didn't buy this book - but I'm very glad I did. All the recipes I have used have worked well,and some have become real household staples. Many of them, however, seem to be for huge quantities, and I frequently find myself dividing by two or four to get a mangeable dish. The book is organised on seasonal lines, but everything seems to come into season before the book says it should - global warming perhaps? I did find myself wondering if the author really grows all these vegetables - you'd need a garden the size of Gloucestershire. I also found the persistent name dropping irritating - is there anyone this woman doesn't know? These carpings should not, however, detract from a book which has proved to be an excellent investment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop cooking from this 6 July 2007
I wondered whether this would be a bit too 'lifestyle' orientated, but while it does have some beautiful photography, it is packed to the brim with recipes I want to cook...I gave up making a shortlist because there were so many. On my cookbook shelf next to my two other 'most used' cook books, The Kitchen Diaries and How to Eat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A truly inspirational book! 13 Nov 2007
Sarah Raven will be a familiar name to some, as she is a presenter on TV's 'Gardener's World', with 'Monty Don', who pens on the back cover:

'Sarah is a superb cook and a truly fine gardener. Every page of this wonderful book is rich with authenticity and experience and a celebration of the best that a garden can produce. It is an inspiration.'

In her book, 'The Great Vegetable Plot', she wrote:

'A vegetable garden is a beautiful thing to make, with the bonus of producing the best possible things to eat. If you get it right the whole place can become your market, your haven and your playground.'

Garden Cookbook is all about the pleasure that fruit and vegetables can give you; its aim is to put them at the centre of every meal.
It's also a practical guide to all that is wonderful in the edible plant kingdom, with more than 450 recipes using the vegetable garden - or a good seasonal market or greengrocer - as both their source and inspiration.
It is not a vegetarian book although it contains plenty of recipes that have nothing but vegetables in them......'

The vibrant cover opens to 464 shiny high quality pages and with the two cheery coloured ribbon page makers - one green/one orange to keep your places - it is already apparent that this is going to be a quality publication.
Simply split into six 2-monthly chapters then subdivided into the seasonal-relevant featured produce and completed with a comprehensive index.
Interspersed with on-location photography, and some of the recipes featured, from Jonathan Buckley.

Each chapter opens with relevant information about the individual fruit or vegetable featured, including helpful, down-to-earth preparation advice, e.g.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Superb
This cook book was highly recommended by a friend who loves to cook and grow her own vegetables too. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ROVIJOE
5.0 out of 5 stars yummy simple fresh recipes
Always lvoe her books.. good fresh simple recipes... she seems to get her meassurements just right as food i prepare using this always turns out well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by KitKatP
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant cookbook
I used this book at a friends house and determined to buy it. I grow a lot of my own veg and fruit now and found the recipes wonderful. The apple jelly recipe is delicious. Read more
Published 6 months ago by blossomcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
This keen gardener, but reluctant cook found plenty to inspire. Straightforward recipes, clearly explained, beautifully illustrated, delicious. Read more
Published 7 months ago by JK
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It
The Garden Cookbook I shall definitely keep - pictures beautiful and easy to follow instructions for the not very experienced cook but keen gardener. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sibylle Grummitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely fresh receipes
Great to have new fresh ideas to add to my everyday meals and some inspiring ones for entertaining I may even try growing a few veg of my own!
Published 13 months ago by Westy
4.0 out of 5 stars Garden Cookbook
Not exactly what I thought it was going to be - thought it might have a bit on gardening as well as recipes - which is why it is not a 5. Read more
Published 15 months ago by The Paddocks B&B
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas
You would need some cooking experience to really get to grips with some of the recipes but overall it is very inspiring.
Published 15 months ago by jlc54
5.0 out of 5 stars Great if you grow your own.
I've got a large allotment plot and am often over-run with certain veg. Now I'll have plenty of ideas when it comes to cooking. Well written, with great photographs. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Buffythefairygodmother
5.0 out of 5 stars what can I make with this ?
Sometimes we need new ideas on how to cook the produce from our allotment. Sarah's book is inspirational and we have even been motivated to try growing things that we hadn't... Read more
Published 16 months ago by speedy gal
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