Thursday, 11 June 2015

The One Pot Gourmet Gardener

There are plenty of cookery books on the market right now that feature recipes only and so I was intrigued with the twist within this book when I was given the opportunity to review The One Pot Gourmet Gardener (written by Cinead McTernan & Jason Ingram – published by Frances Lincoln Ltd Publishers).

How it differs is that the recipes featured are supported by recommendations and instructions how to grow the ingredients to make them, thus giving you a 100% full cycle experience.

The book recognises the differing garden spaces people have and that not everyone has a huge plot of land to create a vegetable or orchard arena in.  There are suggestions for those predicaments yes, but also there are ideas for those with more modest garden arrangements or even those with just plant pot areas/window sills.

There is plenty of information present on how to prepare for the crops you want to plant, sowing techniques, compost types and things to be considered (eg: how much light you would get in the garden, what crops work well together in the same plot etc).  A nice, topical touch, is that those crops that encourage visits by the bee population are highlighted in the book.  Encouraging bees is something many are considering these days when planning a garden layout.

The recipes are sub-divided into ‘Grow Me’, ‘Harvest’ and ‘Eat Me’ categories.  As would imply, the ‘Grow Me’ section concentrates on how to plant and nurture the ingredients, ‘Harvest’ advises the best way of reaping the yield and ‘Eat Me’ provides the recipe of how to cook a dish using those ingredients. 

The recipes are predominately vegetarian, although for strict vegetarians, do check the ingredient listings as in some of the recipes not all items are totally veggie-friendly.  There are some firm favourite recipes within such as Gazpacho or Beetroot Soup, but there are some lovely contemporary ones such as Sage & Broad Bean Custards or Lemon Verbena, Rose Geranium & Thyme Posset to try.

Whilst it may be too late to action some of the gardening ideas for this year, the book will prove a useful reference guide ahead of next year when thoughts turn to crop planning again.

Ideal for Father’s Day this year, this is a delightful book which encapsulates the opportunity of having a ‘Good Life’ experience, however your home dictates and provides food for thought (literally) on how to maximise your harvest with some gorgeous ideas what to do with it once grown and kitchen bound.

Disclosure:  This post was written following kind receipt of a complementary copy of:  The One Pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan & Jason Ingram published by  This review was conducted honestly without bias and I was not required to produce a positive review.  For further details of my PR policy, please see the Press, PR & Food Writing page of this website. 


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