Denis Cotter's acclaimed collection of superb vegetarian recipes and evocative tales is now available in paperback. Wild Garlic, Gooseberries and Me cajoles, informs and questions our relationship to the land and the vegetables we eat. We go on a personal journey with Denis as he shares his passion for his favourite foods. Denis drags us into muddy fields and introduces us to the growers of the best produce imaginable. Through heart-felt and charming text, he informs and amuses. The excitement of a robust blackberry jam becomes a passionate argument for us to go out into the countryside, the dazzling sight of high-trailing borlotti beans ignites a discussion on the future of artisan growing. Whether creating a restaurant masterpiece or foraging in hedgerows and woods, Denis searches for a new connection between food, people and land, oh, and he also teaches you how to search for mushrooms, wild greens and sloes, how to cook asparagus and take on an artichoke with attitude.
Divided into four themed chapters, 'It's a Green Thing', 'Wild Pickings', 'A Passionate Pursuit' and 'Growing in the Dark', each including information and anecdotes about the vegetables that feature as well as many delicious recipes. There are simple salads and soups as well as more challenging main meals and mouth-watering desserts. Recipes include: Fresh Pasta with Abyssinian Cabbage, Pine Nuts & Sheep's Dressing; Courgette Flower, Pea and Chive Risotto; Samphire Tempura with Coriander Yoghurt; Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Potato Pancakes and Tarragon Cream; Cabbage Timbale of Celeriac and Chestnuts with Porcini and Oyster Mushroom Sauce Stunning images of the landscape, the food and the finished recipes complete this delightful read and unique recipe book.
It is a book you can actually read, that tells you in a pleasantly discursive way a lot about your greens - from the familiar ! to the more esoteric!' - Book of the Month, Telegraph Magazine 'No other book on vegetables in my library is so beautifully written or so thought-provoking. The recipes are intriguing and original but even if you never cook a single thing out of this book (which would be a crying shame), its worth buying for Denis's beautiful prose - you'll never think of vegetables in the same way again.' Darina Allen in the Irish Examiner, 17th November 2007 'Not only the most gorgeous book title of the year, but also the most stylishly produced volume, and it's a cracking read too.' The Irish Times 'A cookbook to lust after.' Image Magazine 'Vegetarian cookery with delicious style.' BBC Good Food Magazine, January 08 'Whether you get a veg box every week or shop at your local supermarket, you can't fail to have noticed that the variety of veg on offer has increased markedly over the last couple of years. This is exactly the kind of book you need to make the most of them. Denis Cotter, owner of Cafe Paradiso in Cork, Eire, has a way with veg, and his passion for them really comes through. Celeriac fritters with caper and rosemary aioli were earthy and sweet and the aubergine and cime di rape (turnip tops) with chillies, feta, citrus and pomegranate is packed with flavour, with none of the gloom associated with salad in winter. We guarantee you won't even notice the lack of meat.' Book of the Month, Olive Magazine Image Interiors magazine, February 08 '!his latest book gives us an earthy and lyrical insight to his passion for food and the land it comes from. In what is much more than just a cookbook, Denis regales us with his ruminations on vegetables and adds quirky reminiscences and amusing anecdotes. The tone is fun and reverential - it's as though he treats the vegetables as stars and each recipe as one of their performances!the future for vegetarians never tasted so good.' Organic Life, January 08 '!the dishes in this book will dazzle you with their invention and tantalise your tastebuds further. Yet the book also informs you with great wit and charm, and will leave you thinking more about our own connections with the land and our evolving food culture.' Birmingham Evening Mail, 10th January 'A book for real foodies - bringing together chef's anecdotes with tasty choices.' Good Book Guide '!engaging narrative as well as stunningly innovative recipes.'
Denis Cotter was born and raised in Macroom, Co. Cork. After working in a bank for several years, he moved to London where he cut his culinary teeth. After a year spent living and working in New Zealand he returned to Ireland and, in 1993, established the now world-renowned Cafe Paradiso.