Vegetable Literacy

Vegetable Literacy

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

Book - 2013
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In her latest cookbook, Deborah Madison, America's leading authority on vegetarian cooking and author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone , reveals the surprising relationships between vegetables, edible flowers, and herbs within the same botanical families, and how understanding these connections can help home cooks see everyday vegetables in new light.

For over three decades, Deborah Madison has been at the vanguard of the vegetarian cooking movement, authoring classic books on the subject and emboldening millions of readers to cook simple, elegant, plant-based food.

This groundbreaking new cookbook is Madison's crowning achievement: a celebration of the diversity of the plant kingdom, and an exploration of the fascinating relationships between vegetables, edible flowers, herbs, and familiar wild plants within the same botanical families.

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 good matches for carrots, also a member of that family. With more than 300 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 and Cilantro with Black Quinoa, Tuscan Kale Salad with Slivered Brussels Sprouts and Sesame Dressing, Kohlrabi Slaw with Frizzy Mustard Greens, and Fresh Peas with Sage on Baked Ricotta showcase combinations that are simultaneously familiar and revelatory.

Inspiring improvisation in the kitchen and curiosity in the garden, Vegetable Literacy --an unparalleled look at culinary vegetables and plants--will forever change the way we eat and cook.
Publisher: Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, ©2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781607741916
Characteristics: 405 pages :,color illustrations ;,26 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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