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4.0 out of 5 stars
4.0 out of 5 stars

on 14 November 2006
This is a super book - emphatically not a recipe book (though it was a pleasant surprise to find a few example recipes given), but both a reference tool and a readable guide for anyone who wants to eat more seasonally.

I'm sorry that an earlier reader was disappointed because this wasn't the kind of book he expected, but it's perhaps a little harsh to give this valuable and fascinating book only one star on that basis. I'm giving it five stars because it does exactly what the title promises. Waddington explains what foods are coming in and out of season each month and how to use each of them, whether apples, lobsters, cobnuts, lamb, dandelions or nettles. He also explains why we have seasons, how the seasons work in Britain, how they influence what we eat and why certain foods are in season at certain times.

Waddington's writing is also pleasant to read, as it's straightforward and informative but still thoughtful and entertaining. "Cardoon! Not a Shakespearean insult, but a close relative of the globe artichoke", begins one section, and I loved his affectionate description of the parsnip's "strange, sweet flavour [which] wavers unsteadily between delightful and disturbing, depending on how it is prepared". He also intersperses many historical details, advice on how to gather wild produce, and helpful charts.

While there are many seasonal recipe books available, this is something quite different - a thorough, informative guide to eating seasonally.
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on 24 February 2005
Paul Waddington's book is a wonderfully refreshing change from the over-egged cookbook market. At last a book about real British food at the right time of year! The luscious cover makes you open it to reveal equally luscious pictures, but around these is laid out fascinating information (and the odd tempting recipe) in a sensible and easy to follow format: it goes month by month with each chapter headed 'Treats for the Month' and follows with a run down of what's in season now - and more importantly why. You come away resolved to stop being fooled by the strawberries on the supermarket shelves in January and to buy and eat more logically. It's a mouthwatering revelation.
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on 1 December 2007
Like many people, I prefer to eat more seasonal, local, food but it's hard when you're walking around the supermarket to know exactly what is seasonal these days. This book simply goes through the months saying what's coming into, and going out of, season. There's a shorthand table to start each chapter followed by a few useful paragraphs on the main foods for that month. The whole lot is then summarised in a big table at the back. There's even space (which may or may not be intentional) to write in your own foods as you discover them, although there are plenty of non-mainstream vegetables included to spice up your diet. Armed with this info, it's easier to seek out alternative sources, which of course is better all round.
I give it five stars because it does exactly what it says. If you're into recipes then you'll need something to sit next to this on the shelf (I'd suggest something by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall who does a good line in cooking great dishes with minimal environmental impact).
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on 20 July 2009
This is a fabulous book. Superbly illustrated. Great informative details. It will be a joy to work with. I can sort out my special occasions months in advance with good seasonal food.

Janet from Manchester
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on 28 March 2014
Well if I have to accept that I'm middle-class I'll do it to do it in style and this book is indeed that.
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on 13 October 2008
Its not really a good read. You might find it handy to dip in and out of though. It has a table at the back with all the information in. It could just have the introduction and the table really, the rest is just waffle.
Some of the foods he talks about are a bit obscure like pheasant, venison and even squirrel. Its not the sort of thing you will find in Tescos.
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on 8 February 2005
i bought this book after reading an article in the sunday times. "the sunday times visits a south london gardener who grows much of his young familys food. even a tiny plot supplying you with veg all round." the article goes on in the same vain,about pauls planting methods and his ability to feed his family. imagine my suprise when i find his book tells me; "we like to eat stilton at christmas." and that; "the begining of the oyster season is a serious cause for seasonal celebration." hardly what i bought the book for. not a jot on seeds, planting methods, plot design, growth cycle of veg. i gave the book one star as paul mentions the fact that only the breasts of rook are worth eating, this information will no doubt serve me well as i go about my daily business. i hope paul waddington reads this review and in the goodness of his heart gives me a refund, as i feel i was conned by the article that appeared in the sunday times.
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