Ripe by Nigel Slater


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The U.S. edition of Nigel Slater's latest cookbook, "Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard," is pretty irresistible.
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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.

About Nigel Slater

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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
Published April 10, 2012 by Ten Speed Press. 603 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Cooking. Non-fiction
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WSJ online

Reviewed by Georgia Pellegrini on May 25 2011

His cookbooks teach readers how to get "back to the land," even if the "land" is only a small garden or a patio planter.

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LA Times

Reviewed by Betty Hallock on Apr 02 2012

The U.S. edition of Nigel Slater's latest cookbook, "Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard," is pretty irresistible.

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Reviewed by Amanda Gold on May 15 2012

His latest volume follows fruit from garden to plate, with unique sweet and savory recipes.

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Bay Area Bites

Reviewed by Stephanie Rosebaum on Jun 05 2012

As with Tender, however, the real reason to add Ripe to your cookbook shelf is Slater’s smart, supple prose and tart observations, which are at once lyrical, deeply felt, and irresistibly irreverent.

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Garden Design

Reviewed by Lise Funderburg on Jun 08 2012

How could you not love a man who gave such un-fussy measurements as “a knob of butter” and whose un-staged photographs of food were all the more exquisite for their imperfections?

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Sauce Magazine Blog

Reviewed by Ligaya Figueras on Jun 01 2012

Pretty much every recipe in Ripe appealed to me

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Cool Hunting

Reviewed by Kelly O'Reilly on Mar 26 2012

All the sweetness of fruit shines through in their thorough explanation and simple imagery throughout this thick new book.

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Reviewed by Lizzy on May 24 2012

A BIG, delightful and informative book that every cook and food enthusiast will want to add to their collection!

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