I came across an excellent book the other day. It was called 'What Will I Do With All Those Courgettes?' That's what I call a title. Straight away, the author has asked a question that demands to be answered. The potential reader may try to move on to read the spines of other books on the shelf, but a part of him or her will be unable to stop thinking. 'Yes... but what will she do with all those courgettes?
That's what happened to me, so I took the book down from the shelf. The front cover was... everything I could have hoped for.
So, I had a look in the book, so that I'll be fore-warned and fore-armed if - when - the courgettes come for me.
Now, perhaps you, like me, have at this point assumed that this is an eye-catching title for a book of recipes about dealing with all sorts of seasonal gluts. Courgettes, certainly, but also blackberries, tomatoes, apples... After all, this was a proper book-sized book - about 200 pages - it could hardly ALL be courgette recipes, could it?
Oh yes. It could.
Though that's not to say the author didn't have to, er, stretch a little at times. Here are some of my favourites:
I like the note about it being possible to use other vegetables in place of 'the ones mentioned' (SPOILER: courgettes.) So, basically, this courgette omelette recipe boils down to 'Make an omelette. Put courgettes in it. (You don't have to put courgettes in it.)' And from there it's only a short step to...