The book contains 25 carefully devised recipes which are grouped into soups and salads, main courses, picnics, quick suppers and drinks & puddings but the idea of the book is that the ingredients for each recipe can be grown all together in just one container.
Before getting in to the actual growing and cooking, there is an introduction and information on getting started. Advice is given on suitable varieties of vegetables to grow, choosing a pot, useful tools & equipment, compost, seeds & sowing, even pests & diseases amongst other things, so even a beginner will be able to use this book.
Each recipe is split up in to Grow Me and Eat Me. Grow Me, as you'd expect, concentrates on the growing aspect of the dish, whereas Eat Me is the actual cooking of it.
I have to admit that I was a little sceptical before I'd looked at the book, could you really grow all the ingredients for a dish such as ratatouille in one container, but the beautiful photos throughout the book show a variety of vegetable plants growing happily together.
I like how a variety of containers are used, what will work for one set of vegetables wouldn't necessarily work for another, and some of them look very attractive filled with their resident plants.
There's some mouth watering recipes. Some of my favourites are the simple ratatouille, chilli jam, courgette & fennel tart and honey &thyme blackberries with thyme shortbreads amongst others.
I'm tempted to give one of these container recipes a try this year, but which one, there's so many which take my fancy.
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