The grazer

A taste of what we like

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To cel­e­brate this week of plant­based recipes, Cook is sink­ing its teeth into a stack of green reads. Sarah Brit­ton of mynew­roots.com pub­lishes her epony­mous de­but cook­book My New Roots on 9 April (Pan Macmil­lan). Recipes range from her life-chang­ing loaf of bread to her fru­gal car­rot-top and gar­lic-scape pesto. V is for Ve­gan by Ker­stin Rodgers (Quadrille) fol­lows on 23 April with ge­nius ra­men hacks, 13 ex­cel­lent things on toast, frit­ters and fries, pizzettes and uthap­pams (“a large, shal­low sub-con­ti­nen­tal crum­pet”) and some fine food photography. May will bring pi­o­neer­ing veg­gie restau­rant Mil­dred’s de­but, Mil­dred’s The Cook­book (Oc­to­pus) as well as that of es­teemed Cook regular An­drew Dar­gue: Vanilla Black . Books to get you buy­ing veggies by the bushel.

Chang­ing the Way We Eat , Ted X Man­hat­tan’s food-fo­cused an­nual event took place on 7 March – an elec­tri­fy­ing day, with inspiring talks from all sorts of food ac­tivists. This year’s in­stal­ment in­cluded a ra­dio show host demon­strat­ing how healthy eat­ing choices can rev­o­lu­tionise fam­ily life, an at­tor­ney fight­ing the fac­tory food sys­tem and a sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture ex­pert call­ing for equal­ity for fe­male farm­ers: watch them, and more at tedx­man­hat­tan.org

As our 10 best se­lec­tion shows this week, tofu is supremely ver­sa­tile. But if those recipes still leave you a lit­tle un­sure about how to han­dle the wob­bly white stuff, Yuki Gomi – oc­ca­sional Cook con­trib­u­tor and all-round Ja­panese home-food star – will set you right with one of her Healthy Eat­ing classes. To book a place at the next Crys­tal Palace ses­sion on 8 April, visit yukiskitchen.com.

If, tak­ing your cue from Noma and the new nordic cui­sine, you strive for pu­rity and sim­plic­ity, the spoon and spat­ula set de­signed by Aurélien Bar­bry for Ge­org Jensen is for you. It’s made of beau­ti­fully fin­ished oak; a pair of rounded trapez­i­ums atop ta­pered han­dles just made for hold­ing. Avail­able from twen­tytwen­ty­one.com for £35.

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