Nigel not only knows his tucker, and how to get the best out of an ingredient in a very simple way, it's his turn of phrase that makes him feel like he's talking directly to you. The man is just so damn endearing.
As a result of Kitchen Diaries, I wanted to document what we ate, who with, and how it was. An homage to Nigel if you like. So I started a blog, and had my very own Kitchen Diary for a year. Each book he produces immediately becomes the best one, with Tender being no exception. As a person who's in the process of digging up her lawn and creating a veg garden, his trials provide sound advice.
At the risk of sounding crude, any man who can start a sentence about eggplant (or aubergine -- hmm, how does EYB handle that?) with the phrase "The big purple shlong we know so well..." and get away with it, deserves to be cherised. There is something quintessentially English about his writing that feels like you're having a conversation with him. None of recipes are complicated, and there is room for adaptation if necessary. A less effusive, more thoughtful version of Jamie, perhaps. Not that there's anything wrong with Jamie.
If you're not a gardener as well as a cook, I'd recommend Kitchen Diaries. If you garden as well, grab Tender, and curl up with it through the winter months. But whichever one you choose, make Nige your friend.