A chef with the soul of a farmer and the palate of a genius. Joshua McFadden, chef and owner of renowned trattoria Ave Gene’s in Portland, Oregan, is a vegetable whisperer. After years racking up culinary cred at New York City restaurants like Momofuku, Franny’s and Blue Hill, he managed the trailblazing Four Season Farm in coastal Maine, which completely transformed his approach to cooking. It was there that he developed an appreciation for every part of the plant, root to leaf, and learned to coax the best from vegetables at each stage of their lives. And the food he started cooking as a result is nothing short of a revelation. In Six Seasons, McFadden highlights the varying ‘personalities’ of the vegetables throughout their growing seasons – spring, fall, winter and three micro-seasons in summer – and uses them as a springboard for creativity. His ingenuity is on display in 225 texturally exciting, flavour-intense recipes. Published by Artisan, available at www.bookreps.co.nz.