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3.0 out of 5 stars Is it me, or do we already have enough of cook books?, 21 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Tender: Volume II, A cook's guide to the fruit garden (Hardcover)
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OK, I'm not going to make any friends here - but this is my review.

I like Nigel Slater, I loved Real Food and 30 min Cook Book and I cook from scratch every day. Pru Leith is my bible for everyday recipes and has been for a couple of years now. Nigel's book is undeniably gorgeous, a work of art, but it has been done before. Another reference book is my aged copy of Jane Grigson's Fruit Book, accompanied by her Veg book, that does the same as Nigel's, in that it lists every fruit and a recipe for it.

I understand that we can't just have one book and no-one is allowed to write on the same subject, and this subject probably needs updating. I just don't "do" coffee table books. I have made a couple of things from the book, and noticed that the two different pear cakes I made had almost exactly the same ingredients! But we are of an age where we have to be led by the hand to make changes.

It is a lovely book, and if it had been bought for me I would have been extremely pleased - I must say that I would like to get the first volume of Veg.... but I'll be my own judge and flick through it first. And maybe this just is not for me because I don't tend to make desserts or cakes. So if you like cakes and sweet stuff, this is probably the book for you!
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Initial post: 1 Jan 2011 18:17:25 GMT
The first book (veg) is superb as is the second. I too have lots of cook books and some time ago relegated those not used to a back room. The likelihood is that these two books will remain on my shelves until I 'pop my clogs'. It sits alongside a book bought for me by my mother some 40 years ago, and she had an aged copy that was as well thumbed as mine has become - Good Housekeeping. Nigel's style is wonderful, it makes me want to grow and plant, go shopping for ingredients, invite guests so I can try more recipes.

Posted on 12 Jul 2015 16:54:10 BDT
S A J Murphy says:
Nigel's Tender volumes are brilliant but I have one small gripe... The spines read the wrong way... I have to put them on my shelves upside down!!!
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C. Clark
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Location: Canterbury, Kent, UK

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