NIGEL SLATER is the author of a collection of bestselling books, including the classics "Real Fast Food," "Appetite," and the critically acclaimed "The Kitchen Diaries." He has written a much-loved column for "The" "Observer" for eighteen years and is the presenter of the award-winning BBC series "Simple Suppers." His memoir, "Toast --The Story of a Boy's Hunger," has won six major awards, including British Biography of the Year, and has been adapted into a BBC film. "Ripe" is the companion volume to "Tender" "A cook and his vegetable patch." Visit www.nigelslater.com.