Book Review – The One-pot Gourmet Gardener

The One-pot Gourmet Gardener – delicious container recipes to grow together and cook together
By Cinead McTernan, with photographs by Jason Ingram
Published by Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 978-0-7112-3590-8

The One-pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan.
The One-pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan.

Cinead McTernan has devised 25 container recipes for her book, ‘The One-pot Gourmet Gardener’, so you can grow the ingredients you need for one dish, in a single pot, on your front step, in your garden or at your allotment. There are delicious looking recipes for soups and salads, main courses, picnics, quick suppers, drinks, smoothies and puddings; with all the instructions you need to grow and cook each of the dishes.

‘The One-pot Gourmet Gardener’ is a two-part book, the first section, starts at the very beginning, how many containers do you have room for? Then moves on, covering all the basic information new gardeners need to get started growing vegetables and herbs in containers. There’s advice and information on selecting containers, compost, seeds, tools, feeding and watering your plants. The advice given is interesting and useful, but simple, straightforward, and very easy for anyone who is brand new to gardening to follow.

There’s lots of helpful information throughout the book, including a useful chart to calculate the volume of compost required to fill different sizes of containers and step-by-step guides for seed sowing and pricking out. Full and clear explanations are given on everything from describing plug plants to planting them, making this book ideal for the new gardener.

There’s advice on positioning pots, and protecting them over winter, harvesting vegetables and herbs, which varieties can be used as baby vegetables, which vegetables provide edible flowers and which vegetables, like courgettes, need to be harvested promptly before they turn into tasteless marrows. The author advises on varieties of seed to grow in areas with short growing seasons and gives comprehensive advice on watering, feeding, supporting plants, pest and diseases, harvesting and storing crops. There’s even a bee symbol next to the pot recipe if the plants benefit bees, butterflies and pollinating insects, which is a nice touch.

The One-pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan.
The One-pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan.

The second, larger section of the book, gives details of the container and cooking recipes. The recipe concept is ideal for new gardeners, as the author lists everything required to plant each container and grow the ingredients, from the size of the pot, the amount of compost required, and the number of seeds to sow, specifying dwarf varieties of vegetables that are particularly suited to container growing. This would be really helpful for new, inexperienced gardeners and great for saving time on shopping trips, as you’d know what to buy to achieve the end result. There’s advice on successional sowing, on what size the vegetables will be when they’re ready to harvest.

Home-made carrot pesto, made following Cinead McTernan’s recipe, from her book The One-pot Gourmet Gardener.

The recipes are straightforward and relatively simple, here’s a photograph of the Carrot Pesto, it was delicious!

This book is full of lovely photos, the pots look attractive, the dishes appetising and the vegetables and produce are beautiful. The ‘One-pot Gourmet Gardener’ is a very comprehensive book; I think new gardeners would find it interesting, inspiring and easy to follow. ‘The One-pot Gourmet Gardener’ would make a lovely gift for new gardeners, keen cooks or someone just starting out with a small garden. If you’ve not tried gardening before, but are keen to dip your toe into the water, this book is for you.  

The One-pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan.
The One-pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan.
The One-pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan.
The One-pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan.

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.

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