- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Collins (19 Aug. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007364067
- ISBN-13: 978-0007364060
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wild Garlic, Gooseberries and Me: A chef's stories and recipes from the land Paperback – 19 Aug 2010
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Dennis Cotter created a considerable stir with Café Paradiso and the award-winning Paradiso Seasons, both books that brought fresh and innovative elements into food writing. Wild Garlic, Gooseberries... and Me is different from the earlier books; this is a winningly written, often very funny collection of anecdotes and tempting to vegetarian recipes. Cotter takes us on a journey which is both an introduction his favourite foods as well as a way of collecting the best possible ingredients -- and as this involves foraging in woods and hedgerows, it's not for those will have no wish to stray further than their kitchens. Want to know how to find the best mushrooms, sloes or wild greens? You'll find Wild Garlic, Gooseberries... and Me a highly useful guide.
There are four themed chapters: It's a Green Thing, Wild Pickings, Nature and Nurture and Growing in the Dark; in these different sections, there are many delightful stories about the author's favourite vegetables (which turn out to have more individual character than one might expect) and valuable info regarding their preparation. Of course, it is the recipes which lie at the heart of a book like this, and those here are cherishable, from straightforward salads and soups up to more ambitious main courses and refreshing deserts. Complementing the recipes is the quirky text (the latter, of course, the speciality of the author); Cotter is the owner of the much-acclaimed Paradiso restaurant in Cork, celebrated for its use of local produce; the illustrations include striking images of the food and the locales featured within these pages. Whatever your attitude to vegetarian cooking may be, it's possible it will be changed by this book. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It is a book you can actually read, that tells you in a pleasantly discursive way a lot about your greens - from the familiar … to the more esoteric…’ - Book of the Month, Telegraph Magazine
‘No other book on vegetables in my library is so beautifully written or so thought-provoking. The recipes are intriguing and original but even if you never cook a single thing out of this book (which would be a crying shame), its worth buying for Denis’s beautiful prose - you’ll never think of vegetables in the same way again.’ Darina Allen in the Irish Examiner, 17th November 2007
‘Not only the most gorgeous book title of the year, but also the most stylishly produced volume, and it’s a cracking read too.’ The Irish Times
‘A cookbook to lust after.’ Image Magazine
‘Vegetarian cookery with delicious style.’ BBC Good Food Magazine, January 08
‘Whether you get a veg box every week or shop at your local supermarket, you can't fail to have noticed that the variety of veg on offer has increased markedly over the last couple of years. This is exactly the kind of book you need to make the most of them. Denis Cotter, owner of Café Paradiso in Cork, Eire, has a way with veg, and his passion for them really comes through. Celeriac fritters with caper and rosemary aioli were earthy and sweet and the aubergine and cime di rape (turnip tops) with chillies, feta, citrus and pomegranate is packed with flavour, with none of the gloom associated with salad in winter. We guarantee you won't even notice the lack of meat.’ Book of the Month, Olive MagazineSee all Product Description
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I find the recipes in here far simpler than Paradiso Seasons and they require shorter cooking and assembling time, but are just as exquisite, elegant and delicious. This is a book as great for the sofa as it is for the kitchen - Denis Cotter's engrossing comments on wild food and his recipes are worth a read even if you hate cooking! The illustrations are beautiful and tempting. But most of the appeal has to be in those ingredients that I have never used before; the novelty of using wild garlic, spelt and nettle are the main attraction of this beautiful book for me. If you like trying new and original flavours, and are desperately bored of pasta with tomato sauce, this books will provide you with countless wonderful and inspired ideas for something new and unusual. But always, always delicious.
Cotter's 2 previous books have very much focused on the dishes served at his restaurant and were very well received. This new book is a more ambitious book altogeter, concentrating on his relationships with his vegetable growers, seasonal wild food, foraging, Irish vegetables traditional and new, and so much more beside. There are magnificent photos of the Irish countryside and some great new recipes, which are beautifully pictured throughout. Cotter's writing is wonderful and this is a book which can certainly bear comparison with any exalted predecessor that you might care to name, like Jane Grigson's Vegetable Book. Wild Garlic itself is a beautiful object, with high-quality heavy paper. It's designed to last because this book will certainly last and will still be read in 20 or 30 years time. A new classic food book has arrived! Highly recommended!
I was first drawn to the smell of wild garlic, in the beautiful village of Castle Combe, in Wiltshire...to me - not a particularly attractive odour, in the usual sense of the word - but powerful enough to warrant some investigation!
And what a sight .....in the dark, damp woodland..... a beautiful carpet of green and white......the latter being a flower so delicate-looking, it is hard to identify it with such a pungent aroma!
Wild Garlic, Gooseberries and Me is similar in that this nonchalant looking book is destined to be picked up off the bookshelf, to see what secret lies between the hardy dark green covers, embellished simply with nature and is extremely apt for its subtitle: ...'A chef's stories and recipes from the land'.
From the back cover:
'Here then, from cabbage to watercress, via asparagus and chard amongst others, is a personal take on the most truly vital ingredients of my kitchen.'
Award winning chef, Denis Cotter leads us through muddy fields, along windswept shorelines and over startlingly green farmland, amusing and informing with his witty, evocative tales, and delicious recipes. From the unique flavour of seakale to the aristocratic wonder of artichokes, Denis shares his passion for all his favourite foods and includes mouth-watering dishes for each.'
From the Introduction:
'...Food is life. We all know that intuitively but often forget it or lose touch with the importance of food in our lives beyond the basic need for sustenance....Read more ›
Especially straightforward and tasty are the watercress soup with walnut and red pepper salsa, the aubergine and halloumi parcels and a wonderful layercake of aubergines, potatoes and goat's cheese.
Definitely worth a look.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As all his books, wonderful. There is not another vegetarian chef to match him!Published on 6 Oct. 2014 by di
As well as the excellent and unusual recipes, some of which I have already tried and were delicious. The narrative was highly entertaining and inspirational. Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2013 by p j wolf
Sadly, I bought this book weeks after I had finished writing a cookery book for foragers; it is one of the most inspiring cookery books I have read. Read morePublished on 17 Nov. 2012 by FJM
The cover alone made me covet this book. I put off purchasing for quite a while but everytime I saw it in the stores I wanted it. Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2012 by Nom de plume
Having critised "For the love of food" for being somewhat unseasonal, I have been completely won-over by this book. Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2012 by Plume
I'm a recent convert to the Dennis cotter's books and have found his recipes interesting as well as inspiring. Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2010 by foodieholic
We grow own food and this is fantastic for suggestions of what to grow and how to use it. Some unusual recipes -well worth a try!Published on 9 Feb. 2010 by Amazon Customer