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Jenny Linford

Kew Gardens Cookbook

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By Jenny Linford

An anthology of over 60 vegetarian recipes gathered from celebrity cooks, chefs and food writers in celebration of the huge array of plants and fungi that have the potential to both broaden our palates and prevent biodiversity loss

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 208

From that first cup of tea or coffee and slice of toast or bowl of porridge we start our day with, to the bowl of spaghetti with tomato sauce or stir-fried vegetables with rice we eat for supper, the kitchen is where we connect with plants in a very special way. They literally sustain us. Human beings have long eaten and enjoyed greens, spices, grains, pulses, roots, fungi and fruit.

This cookbook celebrates both the glorious variety of edible plants and fungi that we eat and the vital work that the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew does to promote and sustain this rich biodiversity. All the recipes have been generously donated by wonderful chefs and food writers to support Kew. The theme of coming together reflected by the contributors to this book is important. Sharing food is a special way of connecting with others; it is at the heart of hospitality. Taking the time and trouble to cook for others is nourishing in so many ways. In our hectic world, the time spent together over meals – with the chance to talk and share our thoughts and feelings – is precious. If changing how we eat can help our beautiful, precious planet, then surely we need to embrace that. These are challenging times for the Earth and we humans need to unite to look after it.

Organised in six sections, covering leaves, roots and squashes, grains and pulses, fungi, herbs and spices, and fruit and nuts. The book features over 60 delicious and unusual vegetarian recipes in praise of the myriad of unusual and delicious flavours plants and fungi can offer from around the world - including some you wouldn’t expect to eat.