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Vegetables Every Day [Hardcover]

Jack Bishop
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Book Description

March 22 2001

The fresh vegetable sections in most supermarkets, farmers' markets, and gourmet groceries are overflowing with an amazing range of produce, both familiar and exotic. Consumers are tempted by kale and kohlrabi, taro and tomatillos, bok choy and burdock, along with all the familiar choices. Now acclaimed cookbook author and food writer Jack Bishop offers a comprehensive A-to-Z guide to this bounty of produce, complete with selection tips, preparation instructions, and hundreds of recipes for more than sixty-six commonly available vegetables. With Bishop's expert advice, you'll learn how to coax the very best flavor from every vegetable, whether it's a carrot, cauliflower, or cardoon. Wondering how and when to buy the sweetest green beans? Bishop suggests buying at the height of summer, and selecting beans that are crisp and slim (older, thicker beans will be mealy and bland). Confused about how to cook the spring's first sorrel? Bishop offers such unique and delicious dishes as Sorrel and Potato Soup andSorrel Frittata. These recipes -- like all 350 in the book -- are clearand uncomplicated, ensuring success for even the novice cook. So whether you are looking for a salad or side dish, a vibrant main course, or simply great mashed potatoes, you are sure to find it in this essential kitchen companion. We all know that vegetables are the key to healthful eating -- now it's time to discover how great they can taste, each and every day!

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If you find yourself in daily dread of how to fix those vegetables that Mom always told you to eat, your lifeline is here. Unique and tempting recipes are abundant in Jack Bishop's Vegetables Every Day. Throughout the book's 66 chapters--one for each vegetable he includes in the book--Bishop features the retail availability of the specific veggie, the best season to find the most flavorful choice, and which characteristics to look for in a good specimen. He also includes recommendations for best preparation and which spices and herbs will best support and enhance the flavor of the vegetable of choice.

The recipes range from the basic to the complex, from simple steamed broccoli to rich soups such as Corn Chowder with Leeks and Potatoes. Even traditional recipes get an update, such as sautéed mushrooms cooked with butter, onions, and garlic. In just two simple steps, Bishop's interpretation has the mushrooms taking on an exquisite flavor that can stand alone as a side dish or as a topping for a rich steak. There may be some vegetables that are much less well known and even more difficult to find at the corner grocery store, such as malanga, Jerusalem artichokes, or salsify, but if you're interested, his suggestions might just help you find and tastefully enjoy them. Vegetables Every Day is the solution to satisfying the recommended five servings of vegetables a day. --Teresa Simanton

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This new cookbook by the author of Pasta e Verdura is for cooks who want to broaden their repertoire of side dishes and capitalize on the abundant produce now available in grocery stores. Not sure how to cook fresh beets? Want your family to try mashed malanga instead of potatoes? Bishop gives helpful instructions on selection, seasonality, cleaning and simple preparation techniques (especially grilling, braising and stir-frying). Readers should know that this is not a vegetarian cookbook offering a breadth of entr‚es (in fact, beans, except for fava beans, aren't even included), but rather an unadorned volume that offers an exciting twist on foods we know are good for us but often ignore. Simplicity and ease are the hallmarks of this cookbook; however, there are a few idiosyncrasies for the reader to adapt to: the table of contents is alphabetized, but the system is sometimes counterintuitive (squashes are categorized by season--"Winter Squash and Pumpkin" and "Zucchini and Other Summer Squash"--but that's a minor quibble). Many of the salad recipes, such as Moroccan Fennel and Grapefruit Salad with Olives, are inspired, and many ethnic cuisines are represented, though, unfortunately, none in great depth. Cooks who love to read cookbooks will find the streamlined text lacking in historical anecdotes and nutritional information, which would certainly add to the book's health-conscious appeal. Agent, Angela Miller. (Apr.)Forecast: While useful as a guide to selection and basic preparation, this book won't appeal to the many cooks who, pressed for time, look for more comprehensive volumes. However, this title is a natural sell to vegetarians, and enough of them may be interested to produce healthy sales.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Utterly Delicious May 1 2004
Jack Bishop, together with the rest of the Cook's Illustrated crew, can be seen each Saturday on most PBS affiliate stations in the marvelous tv show " America's Test Kitchen". He has spent a lot of time in Italy (and obviously in the kitchen too) and is an expert on vegetable cooking in general and Italian cooking in particular. It should come as no surprise then that he is the author of this and several othe excellent cookbooks on Italian and vegetable (including Iialian- vegetarian) cooking.

Mr. Bishop has a marvelous way of presenting recipes that are simple yet utterly delicious. His approach to cooking is thoroughly modern in terms of technique, even innovative at times, especially when simplyiying recipes for the modern kitchen. But in terms of flavor, he never strays from the classic and the authentic. There is nothing quirky in his carefully selected recipe offerings and taste is never sacrificed. As one reviewer noted when reviewing his "Italian Vegetarian Cooking" (an earlier cookbook), he doesn't take classic meat dishes and turn them vegetatarian (always a mistake) but instead offers delicious vegetable dishes that are part of the vast heritage of great Italian cooking. These dishes are well able to stand on their own as they've often had to do in Italy's frequent lean times, when meat has been scarce and expensive.
The current book is a more encyclopedic vegetable guide and cookbook, but by no means a "vegetarian "one. Virtually every vegetable available in makets in North America today, including not only the well known ones, but also burdock, malanga, boniato, taro, yucca,cardoons and others are covered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cookbook that never gets filed away Sept. 20 2003
This unique cookbook, organized by vegetable, is invaluable. I keep it on my counter so when I open the refrigerator to prepare a meal and find only radishes, mushrooms, and/or celery in the vegetable bin, I can turn to that vegetable and find a delicious way to prepare it. I consult it when I want to know how to store a vegetable. I consult it when I've found a new-to-me vegetable in a recipe and have no clue how to select one in the grocery store. I've found many recipes that have become favorites. I couldn't believe how delicious asparagus is roasted. And it's the same with mushrooms; roasting concentrates their flavor amazingly; you'll never think of plain button mushrooms as boring again. I've served them to guests for appetizers; they always love them. And who would think to braise radishes?? It's a GREAT way to use those radishes that have been in the fridge for too long. There are lots of gems in this cookbook. It's one of my TOP FIVE COOKBOOKS that sit out on the counter and get used again and again. No glossy photos, just plain good advice on every page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best veggie cook book I have. Jan. 18 2004
By A Customer
I bought this when my husband and I subscribed to a CSA farm and I needed ideas on what to do with large volumes of veggies every week. It covers the gamut of all veggies, familiar and unusual. Has good info on basics of storage, what's in season, signs of freshness, etc., and also basic info on preparation. But the best part are the recipes. I have lots of cookbooks that I keep for only one or two recipes, but this one has tons of good ones that I keep going back to, and many more yet that I still want to try. It's also changed the way I shop for veggies. I used to go to the produce dept. looking for specific stuff, but now I'm more likely to browse and buy whatever is fresh or on sale, because I know that when I get it home, whatever it is, I'll find a GREAT recipe for it in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live by this book Dec 5 2003
By Joyce
I use this book an average of once a week. Each chapter, arranged alphabetically by vegetable name, describes in detail what to do with that bok choy or dinosaur kale that looked so interesting when I decided to buy it and bring it home.
The recipes, if you would rather not run with Mr. Bishop's helpful preparation suggestions and try something on your own, are for the most part vegetarian-friendly, and many are quite useful for vegans and others who would rather not eat peas with their butter, and so forth.
A detailed, clear, and interesting book. My diet is so much more interesting (and delicious!) since buying this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Use this cookbook every day! Oct. 30 2002
By debvh
You know you should eat your vegetables every day, but you've run out of ideas for how to cook them? Jack Bishop to the rescue with "Vegetables Every Day." This cookbook includes over 60 chapters, each devoted to a different vegetable - ranging from the "ordinary" carrots, broccoli, and squash to the "exotic" calabaza, malanga, and taro. Within each chapter there is a brief introduction including helpful information on availability, selection, storage, basic preparation, and best general cooking methods. The introduction is followed by several diverse recipes, representing a variety of flavors and cooking techniques. The vast majority of the recipes are for side dishes (and most of the others are soups or appetizers), making this book ideal for meat-and-potatos cooks looking for more variety in their veggie choices. There are very few vegetarian main courses. Most of the recipes are simple to make and use readily-available ingredients, making this a cookbook you can really use every day.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but doesn't have nutritional information (ex: calories,...
I haven't yet tried any recipes from this book. I bought it in hopes of feeding my family more vegetables. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Monique
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Love these recipes. Although there are no pictures, once you try the recipes, you won't mind. Very simple and the ingredients are easily found in any grocery store. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cynthia Racz
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is a fantastic and beautiful cookbook. If you are looking around for recipes that can help you cook vegetables in a tasy way, look no further. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have cookbook
I also heard Jack Bishop on NPR and finally bought the book over a year later. I wish I had bought it immediately -- it has been a great investment, especially considering all of... Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars What a find!
I am a chef and work my menus around locally-grown produce, and am always on the look-out for a simple, informative--yet creative--book focused just on vegetables. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource
I find myself turning to this book quite often to get some inspiring recipes with vegetables. From the best way to prepare broccoli to how to peel an artichoke - it's all in here. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Take it in the car to Farmer's Market!!
Never have reviewed a book before, but felt compelled after having multiple amazing experiences with this book! Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2002 by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and scrumptious vegetable dishes!
I originally borrowed this title from the public library, but am here to purchase a copy because it is such a fabulous resource. Read more
Published on July 10 2002 by Lisa Brennan
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