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Poetry on a plate,
This review is from: Tender: Volume II, A cook's guide to the fruit garden (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)The companion book to Nigel Slater's masterly compendium of vegetable recipes, Tender Volume 2, logically deals with fruit - growing and using it - and is packed throughout nearly six hundred pages with a cornucopia of recipes using, literally the fruits of Slater's labour from apples right through to white currants. Some of the recipes are simplicity itself while others are elaborate and multi-faceted but nevertheless achievable under Slater's expert and colourful instruction. No other cookery or food writer in this country puts as much enthusiasm for the most basic of ingredients into his writings and when this is combined with the extravagant and beautiful photography of Jonathan Lovekin you are presented with a book which enraptures, enriches and inspires in equal measures. Particularly of note are Slater's suggestions for other flavours and ingredients to match each fruit to; apple with cheese or pork is a marriage made in heaven but with fennel in a salad or with maple syrup in a puree are less obvious yet totally logical combinations. I am not so certain about peaches with mozzarella or raspberries with goat's cheese but then again I could never imagine grinding black pepper onto strawberries until I saw it being done on television (it may have been one of Slater's programmes) and absolutely delicious it is too.
Throughout the book Slater educates, enlightens and gives fresh perceptions on a food group which is seriously in danger of industrial standardisation and public ignorance. His is a loud, distinctive voice alerting us to the threat and re-awakening the childhood memories of home made apple crumble and rhubarb custard fool. The real fool will be the person who is still tempted towards the frozen dessert aisle after reading this truly inpirational book.