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.

Destined to become the new standard reference for cooking vegetables, Vegetable Literacy, by revered chef Deborah Madison, shows cooks that vegetables within the same family, because of their shared characteristics, can be used interchangeably in cooking. For example, knowing that dill, chervil, cumin, parsley, coriander, anise, and caraway come from the umbellifer family makes it clear why they're such good matches for carrots, also an umbel. With stunning images from the team behind Canal House cookbooks and website, and 150 classic and exquisitely simple recipes, such as Savoy Cabbage on Rye Toast with GruyèreCheese; Carrots with Caraway Seed, Garlic, and Parsley; and Pan-fried Sunchokes with Walnut Sauce and Sunflower Sprouts; Madison brings this wealth of information together in dishes that highlight a world of complementary flavors.
Publisher: Berkeley [Calif.] :, Ten Speed Press,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781607741916
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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