Annie’s Garden to Table by Annie Smithers
I was enthralled with Annie’s Garden to Table. Annie Smithers cooked under Stephanie Alexander before opening her own restaurant and cafe in Kyneton and Ms Alexander’s influence is clear. The recipes are no nonsense and achievable with minimal fuss.
This is a diary of a year in the garden and the recipes are dotted through with anecdotes about growing radishes and turnips. The time span doesn’t let us find out how her truffles end up but it does give us a good idea about what to do when confronted with a harvest of fennel. I prepared baked fish with tomatoes, followed by berry sorbet.
I’m seriously considering growing potatoes now because Annie says potatoes from soil to plate within an hour is the ultimate delight.
Christine Gordon is the Events Coordinator for Readings and is a committee member of The Stella Prize.