Wild Garlic, Gooseberries and Me: A Chef's Stories and Recipes from the Land
Denis Cotter s acclaimed collection of superb vegetarian recipes and evocative tales is now available in paperback.
Wild Garlic, Gooseberries and Me cajoles, informs and questions our relationship to the land and the vegetables we eat. We go on a personal journey with Denis as he shares his passion for his favourite foods.
Denis drags us into muddy fields and introduces us to the growers of the best produce imaginable. Through heart-felt and charming text, he informs and amuses. The excitement of a robust blackberry jam becomes a passionate argument for us to go out into the countryside, the dazzling sight of high-trailing borlotti beans ignites a discussion on the future of artisan growing.
Whether creating a restaurant masterpiece or foraging in hedgerows and woods, Denis searches for a new connection between food, people and land oh, and he also teaches you how to search for mushrooms, wild greens and sloes, how to cook asparagus and take on an artichoke with attitude.
Divided into four themed chapters, 'It's a Green Thing', 'Wild Pickings', 'A Passionate Pursuit' and 'Growing in the Dark', each including information and anecdotes about the vegetables that feature as well as many delicious recipes. There are simple salads and soups as well as more challenging main meals and mouth-watering desserts.
Recipes include: Fresh Pasta with Abyssinian Cabbage, Pine Nuts & Sheep's Dressing;Courgette Flower, Pea and Chive Risotto;Samphire Tempura with Coriander Yoghurt;Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Potato Pancakes and Tarragon Cream;Cabbage Timbale of Celeriac and Chestnuts with Porcini and Oyster Mushroom Sauce
Stunning images of the landscape, the food and the finished recipes complete this delightful read and unique recipe book.
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Wild garlic, gooseberries and meUser Review - Book Verdict
Irish chef Cotter's lyrical rumination on local fruits and vegetables is much like a relaxing Sunday afternoon walk in the country. Following a loose structure, Cotter wanders from topic to topic, from discussing the etymology of sea spinach to an early morning wild mushroom hunt with little transition. While this may frustrate some readers, Cotter covers a remarkable amount of culinary ground and eventually gets to all the major players in the garden, from root vegetables and tomatoes to multiple varieties of kale and the joys of fresh asparagus. Supplemented with plenty of recipes for dishes ranging from the familiar (Tomatillo Salsa, Field Mushroom and Potato Gratin) to the exotic (Nettle Risotto, Watercress Soup with Walnut and Sweet Pepper Salsa), the real treasures are buried in the text, where Cotter offers numerous riffs on standards like beets, and how to employ turnips in a curry. Readers accustomed to skimming will gloss over many of the jewels scattered throughout the book, but patient cooks will be rewarded with a renewed appreciation for their garden's bounty.
Review: Wild Garlic, Gooseberries and MeUser Review - Goodreads
Lovely stories, complex and intricate recipes, and a good resource for any fan of vegetables!
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