Thursday, 24 April 2014

Book Review - Kitchen Garden Experts

My luck runneth over as Frances Lincoln Publishers has sent me May book release: Kitchen Garden Experts by Cinead McTernan, photography by Jason Ingram.

The blurb....

Kitchen Garden Experts features the chefs and gardeners at twenty of the UK’s most exciting restaurants, hotels, pubs and cafés, focusing on how they produce the best fruit and vegetables to appear on their menus. With this book you can:

* Explore the kitchens and gardens of twenty celebrated chefs, from Terence Conran and Raymond Blanc to River Cottage and L’Enclume;

* Gain extraordinary access to 20 recipe books and 40 signature dishes;
* Discover key ingredients and special growing methods that help these chefs win awards for excellence;

* Follow the simple steps from plot to plate, learning new growing skills

This is one heck of a book for real foodies, grow you own people and anyone who like to consume food! It has been by my bed and at the Lottie with me; leading to dreams of travel, of really nailing this whole allotment thing and of food, delicious artistic foody joy. I even look forward to winter as my favourite recipe is the uchi kuri squash soup.

The foreword by Raymond Blanc contains these words which I love...
'I believe it is our responsibility to embrace sustainability and to reconnect with our land.... By working qith the seasons, we can all enjoy superb tastes and textures - inexpensively'

This is not a textbook, not merely a recipe book and much more than a coffee table book - this is inspiring. Ok, I shall not be making dishes like these masters but a girl can dream (and heavily reduce the trickiness of presentation), they are do-able :)

Each section is split into the 20 gardens around Britain with each head gardener talking of their space and giving some tips. Then they go on to give detailed knowledge on two of the main elements of their associated chef's two chosen recipes. As well as this each section contains a page with that places 'kitchen garden secrets' surrounded by a collage beautiful enough to frame.

Maggie wants to own the book herself...

Kindly, for my readers there is a discount available :)

To order Kitchen Garden Experts at the discounted price of £16.00 including p&p* (RRP: £20.00), telephone 01903 828503 or email and quote the offer code APG130. 

*UK ONLY - Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.

Hugs and love


  1. Looks to be a beautiful browsing sort of book

    1. oh it is!! but it's also got great tips and some excellent recipes; 40 from some of Britain's top chefs - I really like it xx

  2. A good review of what looks to be an excellent book. Flighty xx

    1. It really is a stunning book, I feel so happy when looking through it :) xxx

  3. Wow. I'll have to look for this book. It would perfect for my eldest daughter:~) I liked your comments about it very much, especially the part about Maggie wanting to own the book. Given how many times she visit the lottie, she could probably be a master gardener...well, if it was possible for dogs:~)

    1. Maggie is a stern and knowledgeable overseer ;) She's also the security dog so, you know, she cares.
      Look out for it indeed or use that discount code £4 is not to be sniffed at my friend xx

  4. If Maggie wants thebook, it has to be good :)

    1. you know it Aga! She is a lady of taste ;)

  5. good post. I am a fan of special type of food and me searching from internet and other sources. Hire


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