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5.0 out of 5 stars Tender: Volume 2 - A cook's guide to the fruit garden, 17 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Tender: Volume II, A cook's guide to the fruit garden (Hardcover)
Five years in the making, and a year after the publication of Voume 1 (A cook and his vegetable patch), this book is a labour of love. Care and affection has gone into every detail of this book. Physically, from the typeface, photography and even the way it feels in your hands, this is a work of art. Then there is the nurturing of the author's small urban garden to produce the fruit itself. This book is not a gardening book and doesn't claim to be, but as each fruit is introduced - from Apples to White Currants - there are a couple of pages of growing advice. Here Nigel Slater highlights the different fruit varities that prosper in different parts of the UK, including the north and Scotland (something many food writers fail to do). However, it is the recpies contained in this volume that bring joy. There's 500 pages of them (I like the fact that Volume 2 starts on page 625 and includes an index to both volumes). Despite the luxurious vibe of this book, the recipies are accessible, comforting and the ingredients lists generally short. The focus is on fruit, and with fruit being creation's way of giving us sweeties before the innovation of Spangles, many of the recpies are aimed towards the pudding end of the menu. However, this is not a book for fruitarians, and there are plenty of savoury combinations, such as lamb and apricot or black pudding and apple. Finally there are the fruits you might not have heard of, like quince and loganberries, which might encourage you to the nearest farmer's market. There's no chapter on any of the citrus fruits, but these acid bombs are thown into the pan in so many of the recpies that they needn't feel left out. This book will make you feel good, and it will make you popular too.
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Initial post: 17 Sep 2010 13:11:28 BDT
A Reader says:
Great review, I'm looking forward to receiving my copy. I think you will find that many, many people have heard of both quinces and loganberries. My quince tree is laden.

Posted on 22 Sep 2010 14:18:43 BDT
Yes I have also just bought this excellent book and have heard of Quinces and Loganberries. The quince is a wonderful fruit, from the membrillo of Spain to the lamb and quince tagines of Morocco and they should be at the farmers market soon.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Sep 2010 00:28:18 BDT
Well I'll head along to the Glasgow Farmer's Market or else I'll try Waitrose. Angus
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