Vegetable Literacy

Vegetable Literacy

Cooking and Gardening With Twelve Families From the Edible Plant Kingdom, With Over 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes

Book - 2013 | First edition.
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"Destined to become the new standard reference for cooking vegetables, Vegetable Literacy shows cooks that, because of their shared characteristics, vegetables within the same family can be used interchangeably in cooking. It presents an entirely new way of looking at vegetables, drawing on Madison's deep knowledge of cooking, gardening, and botany. For example, knowing that dill, chervil, cumin, parsley, coriander, anise, lovage, and caraway come from the umbellifer family makes it clear why they're such a good match for carrots, also an umbel. With 150 classic and exquisitely simple recipes, Madison brings this wealth of information together in dishes that highlight a world of complementary flavors. Griddled Artichokes with Tarragon Mayonnaise, Tomato Soup with Cilantro and Saffron Rice, Savory Buckwheat Crepes with Mushrooms and Sorrel Sauce, and Fresh Peas with Sage on Baked Ricotta showcase combinations that are simultaneously familiar and revelatory."
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Ten Speed Press, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781607741916
Branch Call Number: 641.65
Characteristics: 405 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm


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Jul 20, 2016

This is a book both for cooks and gardeners. She divides up vegetables into families and writes a beautiful essay introduction for each group. The details are insightful, informative and enticing, making me see old standbys in a new light and encouraging me to try new varieties. As a gardener, I love the way she writes poetically about flower forms, leaf structures and growing habits.

Jan 12, 2016

Deborah Madison knows her vegetables. I own a few of her cookbooks and this one was very informative. Detailed information on numerous varieties of our most used veggies with lovely pairing suggestions to make them even more versatile.

Jun 15, 2013

I really enjoyed this because I am looking for new ways to prepare some of my favorite veggies...and author Deborah Madison is the doyenne of greens!


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