Vegetative Anticipation

I’m number 12 on the waiting list for a copy of food writer  Nigel Slater’s book Tender. What a great name for a book about vegetables (in fact classic British vegetables). I love Nigel’s recipes that have appeared over the years in Zest – the Press food supplement. He is also a prolific and excellent writer about food – Toast; the story of a boy’s hunger, Eating for England, The Kitchen Diaries, Thirst, Nigel Slater’s Real Food.

Recently at the Ellerslie Flower Show, New Zealand gardening guru Lynda Hallinan was waxing lyrical about Tender. Lynda is a real enthusiast for growing your own fruit and veg and worked her way through an amazing list of varieties – both modern and heritage.

I’ve just been promised some kale plants to grow over winter – I’m sure Nigel will have some nice suggestions for cooking kale.

3 thoughts on “Vegetative Anticipation

  1. richard 26 March 2010 / 2:43 pm

    [Baldrick voice] Is the ‘classic British vegetable’ a turnip, my lord?

  2. absolutelyobvious 29 March 2010 / 1:19 pm

    Nothing like home-grown veggies… though, I was reading someone’s account of how much they spent on a rather complicated and expensive set up for veggie garden (you know, next – buy soil etc.) and they worked out, based on their paltry yeilds, that it would take them 18 years to break even!!!

    My advice, start small!

  3. MichaelA 30 March 2010 / 11:56 am

    “Toast: the story of a boy’s hunger” is a wonderful book, more about growing up than food but none the worse for that. Highly recommended.

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