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Delicious and inspiring,
This review is from: Wild Garlic, Gooseberries and Me: A chef's stories and recipes from the land (Paperback)
Having critised "For the love of food" for being somewhat unseasonal, I have been completely won-over by this book. Denis Cotter's prose is excellent, very readable and entertaining whilst being informative and interesting. Filled with lots of interesting facts about vegetables, personal anecdotes and beautiful photographs, the recipes are really an added bonus-and none the worse for that. The recipes certainly don't seem an afterthought, even though they were obviously chosen after the text was written; I presume in order to reflect it. The recipes are about basic natural home cooking, using good ingredients. I think that ingredients are really at the heart of this book and the reason I loved it. I work for a local organic market gardener here in France and it was interesting to see in the book the more unusual vegetables that we also grow: oca; tetragone; topinambour. I also work as a vegetarian chef using the ingredients that we grow on the farm. Its all about local seasonal produce and thats what this book is about.
I thought I'd pick through the text now and then, but although I didn't end up reading it in order, I did read it through within days of getting it, its that enjoyable.
I'm looking forward to trying out the recipes, and can't wait for spring and the nettles to start growing for the nettle gnocchi!