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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; 1st Edition edition (2 Sept. 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 (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,036 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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18 of 18 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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lou on 24 Oct. 2010
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Gill on 25 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Nigel Slater is one of my favorite cookbook authors for his ability to write a story that's as interesting to read as the recipes are to cook. There is nothing pretentious or difficult about his food. It is all quite easy to make. I was a bit crestfallen when I saw that Tender Volume I had almost no desserts in it, not knowing that Tender Volume II would be almost all desserts.

This is such a fantastic collection of recipes covering so many different fruits, that if I had to get a housewarming gift for someone, I would seriously consider this alone (if they loved to bake or had a garden), or both as a set. I think it's impossible to get just one and not want the other.

I am happy to see his apple and zucchini cake in here (originally appeared in OFM I think), and a couple of other recipes I've seen in the paper, so now I can throw those clippings away. These desserts are my Saturday baking staple for breakfasts during the week. I make and cut in half and freeze one half.

What I like most about his style of cooking is that it is all quite common sense, which just derive from his questions of what would he like to eat, and what does he have on hand. I think you start to get a better feel for how to use what's around you in your food, and you start to feel more comfortable about pulling your own meals together once you use these books. I never make extemporaneous desserts, but many of the ones in here are highly adaptable, so you can use your preferred fruit with similar results. There are even a few no-cook/bake desserts (cheesecake!) in here. Those are always at the top of my list!!

Of particular interest are the background/intro notes on each fruit and the spice/food/taste pairings for each one.

I love this book. Is indeed in my top 5 for 2010.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Debs on 24 Sept. 2010
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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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