Ripe : A Cook in the Orchard

4.39 (195 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?


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.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 591 pages
  • 177.8 x 243.84 x 50.8mm | 1,700.96g
  • Berkeley, United States
  • English
  • Frontispiece; Halftones, color
  • 1607743329
  • 9781607743323
  • 127,092

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"
show more

About Nigel Slater

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
show more

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
show more

Rating details

195 ratings
4.39 out of 5 stars
5 57% (111)
4 31% (60)
3 9% (17)
2 2% (4)
1 2% (3)

Our customer reviews

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 more
by Denise Alexiadis
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X