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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007325215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007325214
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 17.5 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,589 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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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Lou on 24 Oct 2010
Format: Hardcover
Not just about baking and cooking, Nigel's informative and personal narration about his garden is fascinating
(even for those like me who really enjoy looking at gardens more than getting dirty). Each chapter focuses on one fruit so its very good for seasonal cooking. His quick look ups in each chapter about what tastes good together throws up some suprising and enjoyable combinations. I have never tried a recipe that did not work from Nigel Slater's books and so far tender ii is turning out to be just as reliable. The lamb and apricot recipe is especially warming.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P. G. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Nov 2010
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If you are familiar with Nigel Slater, you will have a pretty fair idea of what you are going to get here. If you have already seen/ already own Tender Vol 1, you will have an even clearer picture of what to expect. In common with Slater's other books you get infectious enthusiasm, beautiful writing, inspiring recipes, and encouragement to innovate. In common with Tender Vol 1, each chapter is dedicated to an ingredient with a bit about how to grow it, the varieties and Slater's experience of growing it in his own garden, as well, naturally, as the recipes. The difference, of course, is that this time his topic is fruit rather than vegetables.

In addition to the inevitable inclusions - apples, blackcurrants, gooseberries, plums, rhubarb etc, there are some less common fruits, figs, quince, whitecurrants, medlars.

As you might expect there are a lot of puddings in here (in fact you could probably cook a lifetime of puddings from this one book), plus a number of meat recipes, including a significant number of pork and game recipes. Less anticipated, the book also has quite a few salads, and through the inclusion of chestnuts, walnuts, amongst others, the recipes stretch to some interesting vegetarian options as well.

Some example recipes which give an overall feel for the contents of this mighty, 1200 page volume are:-

Pheasant with apples and cider
A deep cake of apples, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Spiced apricot couscous
Roast partridge with blackberry pan juices
Casserole of parsnips, chestnuts and mushrooms
Figs with gorgonzola
Celeriac and grape salad
Goats cheese and thyme scomes to accompany a pear
Mackerel with rhubarb

What else to say? It's a Nigel Slater cookbook, it's excellent, I recommend it.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Angus T Macleod on 17 Sep 2010
Format: Hardcover
Five years in the making, and a year after the publication of Voume 1 (A cook and his vegetable patch), this book is a labour of love. Care and affection has gone into every detail of this book. Physically, from the typeface, photography and even the way it feels in your hands, this is a work of art. Then there is the nurturing of the author's small urban garden to produce the fruit itself. This book is not a gardening book and doesn't claim to be, but as each fruit is introduced - from Apples to White Currants - there are a couple of pages of growing advice. Here Nigel Slater highlights the different fruit varities that prosper in different parts of the UK, including the north and Scotland (something many food writers fail to do). However, it is the recpies contained in this volume that bring joy. There's 500 pages of them (I like the fact that Volume 2 starts on page 625 and includes an index to both volumes). Despite the luxurious vibe of this book, the recipies are accessible, comforting and the ingredients lists generally short. The focus is on fruit, and with fruit being creation's way of giving us sweeties before the innovation of Spangles, many of the recpies are aimed towards the pudding end of the menu. However, this is not a book for fruitarians, and there are plenty of savoury combinations, such as lamb and apricot or black pudding and apple. Finally there are the fruits you might not have heard of, like quince and loganberries, which might encourage you to the nearest farmer's market. There's no chapter on any of the citrus fruits, but these acid bombs are thown into the pan in so many of the recpies that they needn't feel left out. This book will make you feel good, and it will make you popular too.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Debs on 24 Sep 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've just been given this as an anniversary present and it is a little slice of heaven. I've not cooked a thing from it yet (only had it a few hours!) but I am inspired. We have inherited some fruit trees, brambles crawl over the fence as does a random grapvine and we've got spaces that beg to be used next year for (low maintenance!) fruit.

The layout of this book is sumptuous but practical, the advice and recipes are typically low key but precise and gently guide you. I have been dipping into Vol 1 Tender: Volume I, A cook and his vegetable patch this year, and it doesnt matter honestly if the produce comes from you own garden, the neighbour's glut, the farmers market or the supermarket. My gardening is haphazard, well-intentioned amateur style and has to fit into a pace of life that doesnt have a lot of space for pottering - but even a clutch of herbs, the occasional courgette and some salad leaves are hugely satisfying and falling off a log easy to achieve. If you can't / won't / don't grow a thing it's ok. You may be inspired to do so, but you'll definitely enjoy the simple flavours and delicious marriages of taste that Nigel creates in his book.

Not only that, it looks so perfect next to volume one on the shelf I am in a heaven of symmetry and feeling-luckiness!
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