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This lovely book is a celebration of the senses: Nigel Slater describes a carrot with such attention, tenderness, and humor that it feels like he is introducing a dear friend to his readers. He understands the perfection of a runner bean in midsummer, and explores its flavor in a way that is pure, honest, and delicious. His prose is a pleasure to read--full of life and enjoyment of the table--and the photography makes it a lush and beautiful book.
Even as he delivers a collection of elegant, simply constructed recipes, Slater also taps into the reasons we engage with food--reasons both sensory and philosophical. “The idea of planting a seed, watching it grow, then eating the result instantly does away with much of the baggage that goes hand in hand with our modern food supply,” he writes. In Tender, we have the rare insight of a cook who knows not only the kitchen, but also the garden. Slater is passionate about every moment in the process of growing, cooking, and consuming food, and he starts with the essential notion of “reading” a plate--which is to say, pondering the where and why of the food we prepare. He weaves this notion effortlessly into his chapters, whether he is discussing his favorite varieties of eggplant (which he grows in deep clay pots against his warmest wall) or sharing his love of walking around the garden on a summer night when peas are in season: “To burst a pod of peas and eat them in the dark is a sweet joy.” Tender is full of small but irresistible observations like this.
Just like Nigel Slater's previous books, this book is arranged by ingredient, which is my very favorite way to put a cook book together. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Baba Yaga in the City
great book. Makes you want run off to London and start your own home gardeningPublished 4 months ago by Emmanuel Onuma
Bought it for my wife - she loves it. Beautiful book, although I can't speak to the content.Published 6 months ago by kb98indy
Everything I've cooked from this book is amazing. The recipes are thoughtfully written so it feels like a friend is walking you through the process with helpful hints such as... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Whitney Riter
I love this book. For anyone who gardens or has a vegetable box CSA membership or visits farmer's markets, YOU NEED THIS BOOK. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Shakira Chadwick
What a GORGEOUS book. I try to surround myself with food writers who love the food they eat; and if you love vegetables, and especially if you want to love vegetables more,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by steppe22
Beautiful book - lovely paper and pictures. I found the recipes uninteresting, and perhaps too 'British" - lots of bacon, milk, and cheese. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dawn O then A
This is the cookbook that I get from the library every so often that I finally decided to make space for my own copy. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Foodie