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Tender. - Nigel Slater

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Author: Nigel Slater / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 29 September 2011 / Genre: Vegetarian Cookery / Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers / Title: Tender. / ISBN 13: 9780007455454 / ISBN 10: 0007455454 / Alternative EAN: 9780007447893

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      12.01.2012 12:17
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      The favourite cookbook on my kitchen shelf

      I love cooking and I love growing my own vegetables and when I came across this in a bookshop I had to have it, especially as it was on special offer at only £14.99. As soon as I got home I settled down to read it and feel like I haven't put it down since. This is so much more than a cookbook and I could read it over and over and over again.

      The layout is fantastic, arranged by vegetable so if you have a glut of something you just go to that vegetable's section in the book and find something that takes your fancy. In addition to great, simple and tasty recipes, it gives growing advice and little anecdotes of Nigel's experiences in growing that particular vegetable and also gives a list of other things that go well with it: so for example cream, tomatoes and basil go well with aubergines. This is an incredibly useful tool if, like me, you like to experiment with your cooking and don't always follow recipes.

      My favourite recipe so far is the baked aubergines with thyme and cream. Not only are they easy to make, they taste heavenly and just melt in your mouth...I'd have them every night if I didn't think my husband would complain!

      My only recommendation for improvement is that the vast majority of the recipes are side dishes, and whilst he often recommends things that they could go on the side of, some more substantial veggie main dishes would be great (having a vegetarian mother in law means I'm always looking for new things to try).

      So far I only have the vegetable edition of Tender, but the fruit edition is at the top of my birthday list!

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