A celebration of the amazing variety of edible plants
101 delicious recipes from around the world
Over 70 botanical illustrations from Kew's archives
Paperback with flaps
160 pages, dimensions: 220x175mm (8.5x7in)
To celebrate the IncrEdibles festival, Kew Publishing have produced Kew's Global Kitchen Cookbook, bringing together 101 delicious recipes using plants from around the world. The range of edible plants is far broader than we may suppose, with huge variety, from all corners of the world, and continually changing in how they are used and perceived. Author Carolyn Fry explains how some plants now regarded as familiar were once exotic, such as tea, grapes and chillies, and the source of fortunes for those who discovered and transported them, such as the staples of the Dutch East Indies spice trade - nutmeg, cinnamon and black peppercorns.
The books 101 recipes are sourced from past issues of Kew magazine and feature plants from around the world, ranging from healthy and unusual salads and soups to hearty main dishes and sumptuous desserts, including parsnip tart, truffle crepes, Cincinnati chilli, orange vacherin, Kashmiri fish curry, plantation smoothie, sweetcorn and crab fritters and pineapple cheesecake with chilli. A further section features the herbs of Europe and the Mediterranean and spices from the East, with details on their origins and tips on how to use and combine different flavours to the best effect.
Each plant has its own story of travel and adventure, and historical, botanical and economic themes are brought to life through the text and over 70 beautiful botanical illustrations from Kews archives. Relishing edible plants today needs to go hand in hand with acknowledging how lucky we are to have access to so much diversity, and how we need to preserve that for the future.
About the author Carolyn Fry is a journalist and former editor of Geographical, the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society, and author of The Plant Hunters (Andre Deutsch, 2009), The Last Great Plant Hunt (Kew Publishing, 2011) and The World of Kew (BBC Books, 2006).