'Imagine you are a guest in Karen's home, a beautiful old Welsh schoolhouse close to Snowdonia.
Each day the menu of what you can choose to eat is a cornucopia of culinary delights, each with a memory for your chef and memories in the making for you.
Lavender and Lovage transported me into a world of international food. I was introduced to the origin of some ingredients and inspired to make familiar and unfamiliar recipes. I connected with Karen's passion for real food made from scratch with best quality ingredients. I learnt about Karen's life in food and how it drives her passion to share it with her readers.
As a keen baker and preserver I was delighted to read tried and tested baking recipes, with clear instructions; recipes I know will work and not cause disappointment. Similarly, the chapter on preserves has a perfect range of traditional recipes. I guarantee they will get you reaching for a preserving pan and repeat each season. No cookery book works without photography and in Lavender and Lovage there are stunning photos of the recipes, shot by Karen to a standard I rarely see in many cookery books published each year.
An unforgettable and unique book, it left me motivated to cook beyond my comfort zone and hungry to read about Karen's future adventures in food.'
'Packed with evocative memories of Karen's much travelled and multi-faceted life, an exciting variety of mouth watering dishes inspired by that life, fascinating snippets of factual and historical information, and the visual treat of her beautiful photographs to bring it all alive - this book has everything. A real treasure trove!'