tender2Nigel Slater is a cook who writes, he’s no doubt one of the top food writers around at the moment. He has been the food columnist for The Observer for eighteen years and is presenter of BBC1’s Simple Suppers. Author of seven cookery books, including Appetite and The Kitchen Diaries.

He however, remains very much an amateur cook. Nigel is not a chef and has no restaurant or commercial connections. His food is understated, handcrafted home cooking that is easy to accomplish and without a trace of what he affectionately calls ‘celebrity cheffery’. He is not fond of fussy food and prefers simple suppers made with care and thought.

Over the years, he has produced a variety of superb cookbooks.  In Tender, his last book, Nigel focused on his vegetable patch. Now, in Tender: Volume II, A cook’s guide to the fruit garden, he turns to his fruit garden for inspiration, with recipes for everything from stews and soups, to puddings and pies.

With over 300 recipe ideas and many wonderful stories from the fruit garden, Tender: Volume II is the definitive guide to cooking with fruit. And even if you do not cook regularly, this book will certainly inspire you, not only to prepare the fruit dishes, but to go out and plant a few trees. To quote just one passage from the book.

“Like a melting snowflake, the perfectly ripe pear is a fleeting thing. Something to be caught, held tenderly, briefly marvelled at, before it is gone forever. Ripeness is all.”

At Wickedfood Cooking School, this book will definitely become an instant reference source for future cooking classes.

Click here for Recipes from the book and here for even more.

Interested in buying this book? For the next 2 weeks Red Pepper Books is offering a special discounted price for Tender: Volume II. Visit – Red Pepper Books – The South African online bookshop, they are able to offer you great prices on any book you are looking for, and they deliver to your door.

Wickedfood Cooking School

Sunninghill – (011) 234-3252 sunninghill@wickedfood.co.za

Runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built cooking studios. Classes are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – team building cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.

Our classes are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and teambuilding cooking classes these events are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.