Root, Stem, Leaf, Flower is a cookbook about plants – it's about making the most of the land's bounty in your everyday cooking.
Making small changes to the way we cook and eat can both lessen the impact we have on the environment and dramatically improve our health and wellbeing: good for us and for future generations to come. Making plants and vegetables the focus of your meals can improve your cooking exponentially – they provide a feast of flavors, colors and textures.
Root, Stem, Leaf, Flower is a true celebration of seasonal vegetables and fruit, packed with simple and surprisingly quick vegetarian recipes. With roots, we think of the crunch of carrots, celeriac, beetroot. From springtime stems like our beloved asparagus and rhubarb, through leaves of every hue (kale, radicchio, chard), when the blossoms become the fruits of autumn – apples, pears, plums – the food year is marked by growth, ripening and harvest.
With 120 original recipes, every dish captured by acclaimed photographer Andrew Montgomery, and Gill's ideas for using the very best fresh ingredients, Root, Stem, Leaf, Flower is a thoughtful, inspiring collection of recipes that you'll want to come back to again and again.
Gill Meller is a chef, food writer, food stylist and cookery teacher. Gill has been part of the River Cottage team for over 15 years, working closely with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. He regularly writes for The Guardian and The Observer and has a monthly recipe column in Delicious magazine. Gill has written several award winning and critically acclaimed cookbooks, his latest, Root, Stem, Leaf, Flower – How to Cook with Vegetables and Other Plants (Quadrille Publishing) is available now.@gill.mellerwww.gillmeller.com
“Leaf through a few pages of this stunning new book and you’ll have at least a dozen recipes flagged, dishes you feel you must make... His writing verges on the poetic.” - Kathy Gust, NP