The One Pot Gourmet Gardener

Tuesday 26 May 2015

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I wanted to tell you about this fabulously fascinating cookbook that I received recently.  More than just a cookbook, it's also a gardening book.   The One-Pot Gourmet Gardener , Delicious container recipes to grow together and cook together authored by Cinead McTernan lifts cooking into the realms of actually growing what you eat, and even further into the realms of container gardening with the idea in mind that you would actually grow all of the produce/herbs/etc in one pot pertaining to a specific recipe.

You can grow all the ingredients you need for a single dish in a single pot.  In all there are 25 carefully devised container recipes grouped into Soups and Salads, Main Courses, Picnic food, Quick Suppers and Drinks and Puddings., Smoothies, Sauces and Tarts.

Each one-pot recipe provides every step from sowing to serving.   There's an introductory masterclass on how to grow crops in pots, giving you the confidence and skills to devise your own one-pot recipes.

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There are six chapters in the book . . .  with tips on how to use the book and getting started,  picnic dishes that you could eat al fresco and on the road, soups and salads, quick suppers, accompaniements such as salsa's and pickles and of course tasty drinks! This book covers a wide variety of subjects . . .

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There are fabulous tips on getting started, how to plant, when to plant, what to plant, etc.   Even the novice gardener would find it quite easy to do.    This would be the perfect book to use in order to inspire your children to eat healthier or different foods.   What child doesn't want to eat what they grow themselves.   Imagine planting a pot with all of the fresh ingredients to make Gazpacho Soup with the children, and then watching them grow together as you baby and help the plants along, right on up to being able to harvest what you have grown to make the soup!    It's a fabulous concept.

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The photography is beautifully executed by photographer Jason Ingram.  There are lots of photographs to help you every step of the way from preparing the soil, to planting, to the correct time for  harvesting.   It's all there, every inch of the way.

This is the ideal book for people with small gardens or balconies, who have the desire to grow their own food but are lacking in space as the ingredients for each recipe can be simply grown in a container.

I love the concept and I love the book.  I have a container planted,  to make my own Salsa Verde, but . . .  these things take time and so I won't be able to show you my results until a bit later in the year, but I am really excited about what I am going to end up with!

Cinead McTernan is a horticulturally trained writer and  the gardening editor of The Simple Things magazine. (She was previously editor of The Edible Garden magazine and worked on The English Garden and BBC Gardeners’ World magazines.) 

Available in hardback and priced at £16.99 One-Pot Gourmet Gardener is published by Frances Lincoln

ISBN 978-0-7112-3590-8
Frances Lincoln Limited Publishers
UK £16.99
US $26.99
Canada $28.99

Each one-pot recipe provides every step from sowing to serving.   And after being guided throuh an introductory masterclass on how to grow crops in pots, readers will have the confidece and skills to devise their own one-pot recipes!

  Reader Offer Discount:
To order One-Pot Gourmet Gardener at the discounted price of £12.99 including p&p* (RRP: £16.99), telephone 01903 828503 or email and quote the offer code APG311
*UK ONLY - Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.

Many thanks to Frances Lincoln for sending me this copy for review.   All opinions are my own.


  1. Looks wonderful..and perfect for you and Todd w/ your gardens!

  2. I am sure that you and your Alphabet Boys would enjoy planting up a pot and watching it grow and then creating something delicious from it Monique! xoxo


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