- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (4 Jun. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747588708
- ISBN-13: 978-0747588702
- Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 4.1 x 25.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook Hardcover – 4 Jun 2007
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'How could anyone not want to grow and cook their own food after
reading this book?' -- Nigel Slater
'It's pretty much the book I was hoping to write myself. I'll have
to think of something else now...' -- Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
'This is a unique book for both gardeners and cooks' -- Rose Gray
A dazzling book - inspiring, intelligent, invaluable. -- Nigel Slater
It's pretty much the book I was hoping to write myself. I'll have to think of something else now... -- Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Passion for growing, picking and cooking your own food drips from every page.
-- Grow Your Own
Stand-out book that marries mouth-watering pictures and prose with good recipes. -- The Times
This is a unique book for both gardeners and cooks, combining Sarah's passion for growing herbs, salads and vegetables with a wide variety of delicious seasonal recipes. -- Rose Gray
About the Author
Sarah Raven is a broadcaster, teacher and writer. Her first book, The Cutting Garden, won the Garden Writers' Guild Award for Best Specialist Gardening Book. Sarah makes regular appearances on Gardeners' World, the BBC's flagship gardening programme, sharing her expertise on fruit and vegetables, both from Berryfields and from her own garden at Perch Hill in East Sussex. Jonathan Buckley specialises in garden and plant photography and has been working with Sarah Raven, taking photographs at Perch Hill, for ten years. He was awarded the title Garden Writers' Guild Features Photographer of the Year in 2004.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have a lot of cookery books on my shelves. But having just browsed through Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook, I can tell you at once that I will be using this book often. Some of her recipes I have already used; she is generous throughout with other people's ideas (and acknowledges them). It is tremendously useful to have, gathered together in one volume, so many things to do with the sometimes over-abundant produce of the potager. And indeed to showcase those first delicate broad beans, asparagus spears, peas and new potatoes.
The emphasis here is on vegetables and fruit, but the book is not vegetarian. Where a few slivers of raw ham will make things more delicious, there they are. And delicious the recipes look. Ms Raven's days working at the River Café shine through her use of fresh garden produce.
But if you have no garden, the book will still give you plenty of ideas. And I mean plenty. This is not one of those cookbooks with only one recipe to a spread. There are lots, and lots. And the introduction to each fruit or vegetable contains still more ideas, often simple and quick, always mouth-watering.
The book is well produced with thick pages and two ribbon markers (already in use chez moi - and the book only arrived here where I live in rural France with the postman around midday today).
The index looks excellent (really important if you are searching for a way of using a glut of a particular herb, or lesser ingredient). I would have enjoyed a bibliography, but the generous acknowledgement of sources throughout the text adequately replaces one.
'Sarah is a superb cook and a truly fine gardener. Every page of this wonderful book is rich with authenticity and experience and a celebration of the best that a garden can produce. It is an inspiration.'
In her book, 'The Great Vegetable Plot', she wrote:
'A vegetable garden is a beautiful thing to make, with the bonus of producing the best possible things to eat. If you get it right the whole place can become your market, your haven and your playground.'
Garden Cookbook is all about the pleasure that fruit and vegetables can give you; its aim is to put them at the centre of every meal.
It's also a practical guide to all that is wonderful in the edible plant kingdom, with more than 450 recipes using the vegetable garden - or a good seasonal market or greengrocer - as both their source and inspiration.
It is not a vegetarian book although it contains plenty of recipes that have nothing but vegetables in them......'
The vibrant cover opens to 464 shiny high quality pages and with the two cheery coloured ribbon page makers - one green/one orange to keep your places - it is already apparent that this is going to be a quality publication.
Simply split into six 2-monthly chapters then subdivided into the seasonal-relevant featured produce and completed with a comprehensive index.
Interspersed with on-location photography, and some of the recipes featured, from Jonathan Buckley.
Each chapter opens with relevant information about the individual fruit or vegetable featured, including helpful, down-to-earth preparation advice, e.g.Read more ›
This book is particularly wonderful if you are entertaining friends or family - the recipes are unpretentious, wholesome and tasty. It's worth noting that some of recipes can be slightly labour intensive, but the wonderful results are wholly worth the effort you put in.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful book for the gardener who loves to cook good food. Some very simple and wholesome recipes. The gardening sections are very informative and easy to follow. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mrs Sheila Maries
This superb book deserves more attention in these days of over-complex recipes (yes, I'm pointing at you, Yotam). Simple, seasonal, delicious and imaginative recipes.Published 13 months ago by Neil Adams
Lovely recipes. Well set out and great photography.Published 16 months ago by Denise Andree Thoumine