The Allotment Chef: Home-Grown Recipes and Seasonal Stories

3.67 avg rating
( 9 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780007356157: The Allotment Chef: Home-Grown Recipes and Seasonal Stories

Having become tired of poor-quality supermarket food and disillusioned with the dubious ethics of large corporations, Paul Merrett takes an allotment to see if he and his family can live off the fruit and vegetables they are able to grow. Along the way Paul reconnects with his grandparents' legacy of self-sufficiency and discovers the unbeatable flavor of a home-grown green tomato (especially when it's turned into salsa with spring onion and mint). He also learns that our romantic notions of a simpler life are not as simple as they seem. This exploration follows Paul, his wife, and two reluctant children as they learn to garden, make what they hope is their final trip to the supermarket, build relationships with fellow allotmenteers, and slowly watch their crops flourish and sometimes fail. They contend with the inevitable disappointments along the way with good humor and perseverance and only the occasional temper tantrum. As the asparagus poke through the soil and the battle against the lettuce-munching slugs is won, Paul turns his humble vegetables into recipes worthy of his epicurean background. He includes over 85 allotment-inspired recipes, including simple dishes such as One Pot Vegetable Stew and Meringue Cake with Summer Berries as well as more involved dishes such as Pumpkin Ravioli, Tea-Smoked Chicken Breast on Allotment Vegetables, and Steamed Walnut and Allspice Sponge with Roasted Plums. Paul's charming narrative is interspersed with his personal take on food ethics, celebrity chefs, and the legacy of his self-sufficient grandparents. Reportage and food photography accompanies his story. Part recipe book, part memoir, this is an engaging, informative, and humorous read.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Paul Merrett began his career under the tutelage of Gary Rhodes before going on to work in some of London's best restaurants. He has earned two Michelin stars, one at Interlude and one at The Greenhouse. He opened the highly popular restaurant The Farm in 2004 and left to focus on his writing career. Paul is the presenter of BBC 2's Ever Wondered about Food. He also copresented the prime-time series The Best and coauthored the bestselling book which accompanied the series.

Review:

"... Paul writes with good humour, brutal honesty and happens to be a Michelin-starred chef. Cue 85 seriously good recipes ...a compelling read." Garden News 'The Allotment Chef is an engaging, informative and humorous read.' Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Merrett, Paul
Published by HarperCollins UK
ISBN 10: 0007356153 ISBN 13: 9780007356157
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
CAMBRIDGE BOOKSTORE
(Brighton, MA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins UK. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0007356153 Brand NEW Book - Moderate shelf-wear, especially at corners. Bookseller Inventory # Z0007356153ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.30
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.98
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Merrett, Paul
Published by HarperCollins UK (2010)
ISBN 10: 0007356153 ISBN 13: 9780007356157
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007356153

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 26.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Paul Merrett
Published by HarperCollins UK (2010)
ISBN 10: 0007356153 ISBN 13: 9780007356157
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007356153

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 24.20
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Paul Merrett
ISBN 10: 0007356153 ISBN 13: 9780007356157
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97800073561571.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 32.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds