Although this isn't a vegetarian cookbook, Marika Hanbury Tenison aims to focus on vegetables as the centre point of her cooking. Cooking with Vegetables suggest a marriage of textures and flavours new to the time. The book is in beautiful condition, with divine illustrations by the artist John Miller.
In 1959, at the age of twenty, she married the Cornish explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison, and lived with him in a fourteenth-century farmhouse on Bodmin Moor. Her husband was often away on an expedition, and Marika turned to writing in his absence. She began by finding a job as a £1-a-week cookery writer for a local paper, and over the next fifteen years wrote thirty cookbooks and numerous magazine articles. She was cookery editor of the Sunday Telegraph from 1968 until her death in 1982.
In 1971, while still in pain from a serious illness following the birth of her son by Caesarean section, Marika Hanbury-Tenison accompanied her husband on a three-month expedition, to visit and live among the Xingu people in Brazil, speaking with local people and studying their living conditions. After returning to England, Marika wrote For Better, For Worse: To the Brazilian Jungles and Back Again (1972).
In 1973, the Hanbury-Tenisons followed up their journey to Brazil with a three-month visit to one to the islands of Indonesia. Marika visited about a dozen tribes, taking tea with former cannibals, swimming through swollen rivers, being attacked by leeches, surviving a shipwreck, and becoming ill and exhausted. She wrote about the experience in A Slice of Spice, published in 1974.
The Hanbury-Tenisons made their last research trip together in 1979, when they visited Malaysia. Shortly afterwards, Marika was diagnosed with cancer. She died in 1982, at the age of forty-four.