Anna: You have been waiting for this day all month, haven’t you Kirstin?
Kirstin: Hmmm. Maybe….
Anna: When exactly did you stop cooking from these books again?
Kirstin: I can’t even begin to think about it. Taking those expensive, heavy books down from the shelf made me feel sick. I kept searching for recipes with meat, but of course it was One Man and his Vegetable Patch.
Anna: I wanted to like these books. They were my first Nigel books. But perhaps unfairly, due to my extreme work circumstances they were the wrong books for me this month.
Kirstin: They were just the wrong books altogether, which is a shame because I’ve been raving to you about how wonderful Nigel is. But unless you have a garden full of vegetables and fruit, I would leave these books on the bookshop shelf.
Anna: But a lot of people do have allotments. I preferred the vegetable book to be fair, it had more potential. The issue with book 2 was that most of the chapters were redundant for November because most of the fruit were out of season. But I did like the pork chops with pears although there were no carbohydrates.
Kirstin: But he has a whole chapter on potatoes, surely?
Anna: Perhaps. I also liked the squid with chinese greens thing.
Kirstin: Bottom line. Would you ever take it off your shelf. Presuming you don’t injure yourself in the process…
Anna: Honestly, I don’t think so. I want to. But maybe when I have an allotment or I’m not working 56 hour weeks.
Kirstin: He’s staying on the shelf for me. Sorry Nigel. I love all of your books except these two.