Author(s): Nigel Slater
With over 400 recipe ideas and many wonderful stories from the cook's garden, Tender: Volume I -- A cook and his vegetable patch, is the definitive guide to cooking with vegetables from the presenter of BBC One's Simple Cooking. 'I would like to think I know more now than I did before I picked up my trowel and dug that first furrow of red and white radishes. How to get the best out of a vegetable yes, but also what are the different ways to treat it in the kitchen, which seasonings will make it sing, what other ingredients is it most comfortable or most exciting with. What are the classic recipes not to be missed by a newcomer and what new ways are there which might be of interest to an old hand.' In his inimitable, unpretentious style Nigel Slater, the presenter of BBC One's Simple Cooking, elevates vegetables to the starring role in his latest cook book, whether that means enjoying vegetables for their own sake or on the same plate as a piece of meat or fish. From crab cakes and crushed peas to broccoli and lamb stir-fry, luxury cauliflower cheese to a delicious broad bean salad, 'Tender' has everything a cook could want from a recipe book.
From reviews for The Kitchen Diaries: 'Vivid and touchingly personal, it is the kind of book you will dip into again and again.' Casilda Grigg, Daily Telegraph -- Books of the Year 'Slater is a master recipe-writer.' Guardian -- Books of the Year '[Slater's] evocative prose gives the impression you're already devouring that strawberry mascarpone tart.' Financial Times -- Books of the Year 'Sensuous, evocative!So much more than just a recipe book.' The Observer -- OFM Best Book Award. 'Slater has become the foodie Pepys.' Elfreda Pownall, The Spectator 'Superb!The Kitchen Diaries succeeds brilliantly!A year of highly flavoured food.' William Leith, Guardian 'Strikingly readable!You could cook from this book for a year and still be salivating like mad when you open the pages.' Chris Hirst, Independent 'Every kitchen needs a copy.' Tom Parker Bowles, Tatler 'A very personal collection of mouthfuls, lunches, suppers and feasts that reflects the weather, the harvest, hunger and greed over a year!A comfort book par excellence, to cook from and read at the kitchen table or curled up in bed.' Philippa Davenport, Financial Times 'Tinged with an exquisite (read precious) melancholia, this is part memoir, part recipe book, charting Slater's adventures with fruit and veg.' Daily Telegraph
Nigel Slater is the author of a collection of bestselling books, including the classics 'Real Fast Food' and 'Real Cooking', and the award-winning 'Appetite'. He has written a much-loved column for 'The Observer' for over a decade. His autobiography, 'Toast -- the story of a boy's hunger', won six major awards, including the British Biography of the Year, the Glenfiddich Award and the Andre Simon Memorial Award. 'The Kitchen Diaries' won the Design and Production Award at the 2006 British Book Trade Awards.