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Rhubarb, Rhubarb by Mary Jane Paterson and Jo Thompson – Blog Tour

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Rhubarb, Rhubarb by Mary Jane Paterson and Jo Thompson

Genre: Non Fiction
Publisher: Unbound
Source: Random Things Tours

About The Book

Rhubarb Rhubarb collects the witty, wide-ranging correspondence between Leiths-trained cook Mary Jane Paterson and award-winning gardener Jo Thompson. Two good friends who found themselves in a perfect world of cupcakes and centrepieces, they decided to demystify their own skills for one another: the results are sometimes self-deprecating, often funny, and always enlightening.
Jo would find herself one day panicking about what to cook for Easter lunch: a couple of emails with Mary Jane and the fear subsided, and sure enough, a delicious meal appeared on the table. Meanwhile, Jo helped Mary Jane combat her irrational fear of planting bulbs by showing how straightforward the process can be.
The book is full of sane, practical advice for the general reader: it provides uncomplicated, seasonal recipes that people can make in the midst of their busy lives, just as the gardening tips are interesting, quick and helpful for beginners. Mary Jane shares secrets and knowledge gathered over a lifetime of providing fabulous food for friends and family, while Jo’s expertise in beautiful planting enables the reader to have a go at simple schemes with delightful results.

My Thoughts

This is the perfect book you need these days, full of great recipes and ideas to improve the garden, this is the colourful and inspiring read you need right now!
The story is told between two friends, they are experts on their fields: cookery and garden; and while they talk about everything and anything, the reader will enjoy some delicious and original tricks to practice at home.
I’ll say from the beginning that I really enjoyed this read, I always love to learn new things and discover a few new things about rhubarbs was a plus. Because for me the Rhubarb is an unknown vegetable, it doesn’t exist in Catalonia (or at least we don’t use it), so I was really interested to discover more about it and possible new recipes to use, but this was much more than only a few recipes, it’s told with humour and freshness and will be the delight of any reader.
This is a book to keep always on the cupboard, ready for any moment to re-read the story or to re-fresh the tricks hidden in it; because no matter if you love to eat or plant, this is the book that any creative person will love to have. Ready?

About The Author

Mary Jane Paterson trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine, then worked as a cook, including at the English Gardening School. Her first culinary adventure was documented in her mother Jill Lowe’s novel Yadav: A Roadside Love Story.


Jo Thompson is one of the UK’s leading garden designers, renowned for her exquisite planting and innate sense of place. Jo’s Wedgwood Garden won a gold medal at the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show, and she has won numerous other awards including several Chelsea golds. She also lectures and writes for the Sunday Times.

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