Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard

Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard

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By (author) Nigel Slater, By (photographer) Jonathan Lovekin

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  • Publisher: TEN SPEED PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 591 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 244mm x 51mm | 1,701g
  • Publication date: 10 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Berkeley CA
  • ISBN 10: 1607743329
  • ISBN 13: 9781607743323
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations, frontispiece
  • Sales rank: 100,874

Product description

Britain's foremost food writer Nigel Slater returns to the garden in this sequel to "Tender," his acclaimed and beloved volume on vegetables. With a focus on fruit, "Ripe" is equal parts cookbook, primer on produce and gardening, and affectionate ode to the inspiration behind the book--Slater's forty-foot backyard garden in London. Intimate, delicate prose is interwoven with recipes in this lavishly photographed cookbook. Slater offers more than 300 delectable dishes--both sweet and savory--such as Apricot and Pistachio Crumble, Baked Rhubarb with Blueberries, and Crisp Pork Belly with Sweet Peach Salsa. With a personal, almost confessional approach to his appetites and gustatory experiences, Slater has crafted a masterful book that will gently guide you from the garden to the kitchen, and back again.

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Author information

Nigel Slater is the author of a collection of bestselling books, including the classics "Real Fast Food," "Appetite," and the critically acclaimed "The Kitchen Diaries." He has written a much-loved column for "The""Observer" for eighteen years and is the presenter of the award-winning BBC series "Simple Suppers." His memoir, "Toast --The Story of a Boy's Hunger," has won six major awards, including British Biography of the Year, and has been adapted into a BBC film. "Ripe" is the companion volume to "Tender" "A cook and his vegetable patch." Visit

Customer reviews

By Denise Alexiadis 21 Apr 2012 2

Exactly the same as Tender II why do publishers do this it is so annoying! More suited to the UK (obviously) as a lot of the fruits mentioned here are near impossible to get elsewhere.

Review quote

"Nigel Slater has written an impossibly beautiful and elegant companion to Tender. In Ripe, Slater treats fruit with respect and affection. Apricots are nestled between layers of almond cake. Currants are bolstered with bread. Plums jump with pickling spices. Treat yourself to this treasure." --Amanda Hesser, cofounder of "Nigel's voice is the most distinctive and expressive among current food writers; his food is original, comforting, and completely delicious. Ripe is an inspiration." --Yotam Ottolenghi, author of "Plenty" " " "I keep half a dozen favorite cookbooks on a special shelf next to my desk, and three of them are by Nigel Slater. Ripe is Slater at his best: warm, gracious, and profoundly knowledgeable. Start with the chapter on apples--be sure to make that 'deeply appley apple crumble'--and you'll know exactly what I mean." --Molly Wizenberg, creator of "Orangette" " " "Nigel Slater's masterpiece is a quiet, gorgeous, slow-motion riot where nature teaches the hungry gardener everything about beauty. But this is a cookbook? Absolutely and deeply, starting with how great fruit happens. From there, the sublime recipes seem inevitable. When I thumbed upon the blackberry focaccia, I tore out the page to tuck in my July calendar, whispering 'genius.'" --Judy Rodgers, author of "The Zuni Cafe Cookbook"

Table of contents

001  Introducion 021  Apples 079  Apricots 109  Blackberries 135  Black currants 153  Blueberries 171  Cherries 187  Chestnuts 205  Damsons 229  Elderflowers and elderberries 245  Figs 279  Gooseberries 299  Grapes 315  Hazelnuts 337  Peaches and necarines 359  Pears 403  Plums 433  Quinces 457  Raspberries 487  Red currants 499  Rhubarb 519  Strawberries 537  Walnuts 559  White currants 569  A few other good things: medlars and sloes 582  Index