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Q: I would like to buy a pair of solid fruit and vegetable reference books. I am debating between Chez Panisse Fruits and Vegetables and Nigel Slater's Tender and Ripe. Do you have any suggestions or thoughts on how they compare? Are they unique enough that it's worth owning all four books?

Sent by Elena

Editor: Elena, if you need a cook's perspective on each book, Emily wrote a little more about the Chez Panisse books in her roundup of favorite cookbooks, Emma loved Ripe, and Dana wrote a glowing review of Tender

Readers, if you are familiar with these books, how do they compare? Would you recommend buying all four books?

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