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Gardener Cook Paperback – 2 Mar 2001
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answering the questions
how do you grow it and how do you then cook it.
interesting and challenging to techniques on both sides of the question
He writes as if he is having a conversation with the reader making it a very personal and entertaining read, and an adventure to cook. This book is like a diary of his kitchen and his garden all at once, with sumptious photographs of plants, his garden and his gardeners.
What makes this book such a joy are his recommendations of the species which give each recipe its distinct flavour and the fact that he cites where the recipe ideas came from originally, and gives tips on how to grow and propagate the vegetables and fruit. He also quotes from a wide variety of literature giving a fascinating insight into his mind and ideas.
It is a wonderful book for anyone who is interested in either gardens, food or life.
If I want to know how far apart to plant peas, for that I have The Vegetable & Herb Expert: The world's best-selling book on vegetables & herbs and The Vegetable Garden Displayed (Wisley). I need the equivalent of a wise old uncle who can give me the benefit of years of experience for all those tricky things the other books don't cover. Christopher Lloyd is just the chap. The book is divided into Fruit Trees, Soft Fruit, Root Vegetables, Green Vegetables, Salads (including a section on edible flowers) and Herbs, with an index at the back; a sensible arrangement that makes it easy for the cook as well as the gardener. Here is a little essay, a page or so on each fruit or vegetable; best varieties, useful advice, things to watch out for; and then a selection of good recipes. The pictures are very good but they are just icing on the cake. I now know all sorts of things about growing and cooking Globe Artichokes that I wish I'd known years ago, and I stand a better chance of avoiding potato blight than before.
Not everyone will like Lloyd's style; he is for admirers of Clarissa Dickson Wright rather than Jamie Oliver, his language elegant and literary, and, to my mind at least, none the worse for that.