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Vegetable Literacy

Cooking and Gardening With Twelve Families From the Edible Plant Kingdom, With Over 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes
Madison, Deborah (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Vegetable Literacy

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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.
Authors: Madison, Deborah
Title: Vegetable literacy
cooking and gardening with twelve families from the edible plant kingdom, with over 300 deliciously simple recipes
Publisher: Berkeley [Calif.] :, Ten Speed Press,, c2013
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 405 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: The carrot family: some basic kitchen vegetables and a passel of herbs (umbelliferai or apiaceae)
The mint family: square stems and fragrant leaves (labiatae or lamiaceae)
The sunflower family: some rough stuff for out of doors (compositae or asteraceae)
The knotweed family: three strong personalities (polygonaceae)
The cabbage family: the sometimes difficult crucifers (brassica or cruciferae)
The nightshade family: the sun lovers (solanaceae)
The goosefoot and amaranth families: edible weeds, leaves, and seeds (amaranthaceae and chenopodiaceae)
The (former) lily family: onions and asparagus (liliaceae)
The cucurbit family: the sensual squashes, melons, and gourds (cucurbitaceae)
The grass family: grains and cereals (poaceae, formerly gramineae)
The legume family: peas and beans (leguminosae or fabaceae)
The morning glory family: the sweet potato (convolvulaceae)
Additional Contributors: Hirsheimer, Christopher
Hamilton, Melissa
ISBN: 9781607741916
Branch Call Number: 641.65 MADISON
Statement of Responsibility: Deborah Madison ; photography by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (page 395) and index
Subject Headings: Cooking (Vegetables) Food crops Identification
Topical Term: Cooking (Vegetables)
Food crops
LCCN: 2012030968
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Jun 15, 2013
  • sdelao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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