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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; First Edition edition (17 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007248490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007248490
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 5.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 writes an award winning weekly column in the 'Observer' and edits their 'Food Monthly' supplement, and he is a regular contributor to Sainsbury's 'The Magazine'.

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'I would like to think I know more now than I did before I picked up my trowel and dug that first furrow of red and white radishes. How to get the best out of a vegetable yes, but also what are the different ways to treat it in the kitchen, which seasonings will make it sing, what other ingredients is it most comfortable or most exciting with. What are the classic recipes not to be missed by a newcomer and what new ways are there which might be of interest to an old hand.'

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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Schnack on 28 Sep 2009
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A truly exceptional effort from Mr. Slater and his publishers. The book is gorgeously bound and an absolute delight to hold and to read. Illustrated with inspiring photographs as we have come to expect from Nigel's books. But Tender Vol.1 is certainly not all style and no substance. I found The Kitchen Diaries to be a bit of a disappointment - great as a personal memoir, but not an inspiring cookbook - I think I only tried two or three recipes from it. Tender is a another thing altogether - organised into chapters by vegetable (or vegetable type), we are given tips and short diaries for growing our own, and then a section on the vegetable in the kitchen - how it is best prepared, what it goes well with, and then specific full recipes. I found it truly inspiring and am now looking forward to the delivery of my next organic veg box, rather than feeling guilty about letting some of last week's go to waste. Tender will help elevate the vegetable from an overlooked (and overcooked!) side-dish into the raison d'etre for getting the pots and pans out. I can't wait for Vol.2!
Also worth saying that although I enjoyed the accompanying TV programme Nigels Simple Suppers, this book should in no way be considered one of those hackneyed books the BBC bashes out to accompany a cookery series. This book far surpasses what is covered in the programme and stands completely on its own.
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248 of 259 people found the following review helpful By Colin J. Herd on 16 Sep 2009
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I ADORE THE TITLE OF THIS BOOK. It makes my heart melt as if it was the swede in his pasty recipe (560), or the centre of his chocolate beetroot cake (p.78), or the gratin of white cabbage, cheese and mustard (p.156) or the pumpkin scone (502).

I buy cookery books all the time. None are as useful or as beautiful as Nigel's. If I come across an ingredient in my veg-box or in the fishmonger or wherever, and I think to myself in the shop, "how could i turn this into my dinner?", the recipes and ideas that spring to mind are almost always from Nigel's books, or the folders I have full of Nigel's Observer newspaper recipes. Leafing through 'Tender' this morning with a cup of tea (I did preorder it for yesterday but I was out when the citylink van turned up) it is clear that this book will become the most well thumbed of all my collection. Cooking with a Nigel Slater book liberates you very quickly to cooking in a certain way, adapting recipes, swapping flavourings etc.

'Tender' carries on the precedent set by Kitchen Diaries for breathtakingly beautiful book-design and photography.

I have already decided what we're having for dinner, and everything is already in the house... it's on page 506.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Claire Wallbank on 29 Sep 2009
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It was with great excitement that I placed my order for Nigel's 11th book and I am not disappointed.
Beautifully executed and with wonderful recipes and photographs it is a dream to read.

My copy arrived today so I have only had a chance to look at it briefly (when my boss wasn't looking!) however in my opinion it has even transcended The Kitchen Diaries which is one of my favourite books - a favourite not just for the food but also for Nigel's wonderful, whimsical prose.

What I love about Nigel Slater is that the kindness in his personality translates so well to the page - no I have never met him but you can feel it through his words.

As we all become increasingly conscious of the food we eat - where has it come from? Is it organic? What impact does it have on the environment? A book such as this reminds us that we are all capable of making change and of growing our own veges and herbs - even on the smallest pot or apartment verandah.

I have gushed long enough - if you love Nigel Slater's work as I do this lovely book is a must have.
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Clementine on 3 Oct 2009
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What a book!
First artistically it is a joy to the eye, so even if you only keep it as a coffee table type of book, it is well worth it, and particularly so if you are a cook AND a gardener.
I too am a fan of that other great book, Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook (very highly recommended and if you haven't already done so I would say buy both as they so complement each other!).
Nigel Slater's new book brings the category to another level because, simply put, this is Nigel and his great style both in writing and in cooking: interesting quality recipes as well as a very personal way of presenting them, this time from a double angle: that of a cook and a gardener.
A great read, a great inspiration (ideas as well as tips) and a great comforter (meaning comfort food of course but also the joys of gardening with its highs and lows for every one including the author...)
To me a book addict, a homecook and a (small scale ) gardener the book fitted the bill at all levels, thumbs up from France!
If you never bought anything from Nigel Slater, buy this one, you won't regret it (but beware it will set the mark very high and/or get you hooked...).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Hard on 6 Oct 2009
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This has everything one wants from a cookery book. Immensely practical (eg how to cook several wonderfully tasty dishes when what should have been a baby courgette has turned into a marrow.) It is also totally inspirational both from the gardening as well as the cooking perspective. The book is a joy to read; written in clear and beautiful language it recounts personal experience as well as giving us delicious recipes, gardening advice and heartfelt poetic imagery. If you love your friends, and they love food and growing it, buy them this book for Christmas. They will love you for giving them this best of presents. If you haven't got it, treat yourself as I did and you can be the next to write a rave review.
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