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From the Earth : World's Great, Rare and Almost Forgotten Vegetables - Peter Gilmore

From the Earth

World's Great, Rare and Almost Forgotten Vegetables

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2018
ISBN: 9781743793480
Number Of Pages: 248

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From the Earth is a celebration of 50 unique and exotic heirloom vegetables and plants through the seasons. Some the author grows himself in his experimental garden on Sydney’s northern beaches, while others come from suppliers he has developed close and lasting relationships with over his 15 years as executive chef at Quay.
The book includes botanical illustrations, as well as full-colour photography by Brett Stevens, as well as key information about each vegetable (family group; history and origin; traditional cooking uses; growing conditions; anecdotal stories; and why the author loves them!) and a recipe inspired by the vegetable.

The recipes range from simple – about the cooking technique with little adornment – to more complex dishes that may feature at Peter's restaurants Bennelong or Quay. All are approachable and achievable in the home kitchen, but in some cases assume a level of competency. The key, always, is celebrating the organic beauty of the vegetables and allowing them to shine. In the chef's words: 'Simplicity is key, with a little bit of complexity thrown in'.
Recipes include Fried puntarelle chicory, Kyoto red carrot salad (sheep’s milk feta, smoked almond, sherry caramel), Slow braised roveja peas (fermented mushroom and black garlic purée) and Slow cooked galeux d’ eysines pumpkin (aged comte cream, truffle).

In addition, the book profiles, in words and pictures, chef Gilmore's home garden and the evolution of his now abiding passion for it, as well as five of his most loyal growers and seed suppliers.

About the Author

Peter Gilmore is the Executive Chef at two of Australia’s most exciting and dynamic restaurants; Bennelong at the Sydney Opera House and Quay Restaurant across the harbour in The Rocks. Peter is one of the most awarded chefs in Australia taking the helm of the kitchen at Quay in 2001. Quay has been awarded three chefs hats for an unprecedented 16 consecutive years and named Restaurant of the Year six times in The Sydney Morning

Large Table top book with excellent illustrations


I bought this as a present for my sister who is fond of heritage fruit and vegetable. I would say who isn't but it is not evident that this interest has translated well to the mainstream. This book is a mix between the old style of descriptive botanical drawing style and well researched information. It is not my cup of tea but I think it would be well received by anyone who is interested in the subject matter. More of a coffee table book than a referenc ebook.



Beautiful Book


I purchased 3 copies of From the Earth as Christmas presents for my 3 children who are all avid veggie gardeners.




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ISBN: 9781743793480
ISBN-10: 1743793480
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st September 2018
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 32.0 x 24.0  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 66.32