Numerous studies have shown that some of the most nutrient dense foods are leafy greens. They pack not only vitamins and minerals but they are low in calories. If you're like me, you're always searching for new ways to get more of them into your diet. Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas is a beautiful hardcover book that has 125 recipes for greens like kale, collard greens, arugula, bok choy, escarole, chard and many other leafy greens. She doesn't include lettuces and ordinary cabbages that you're probably already familiar with and use in salads, although there are a few recipes where they appear with other greens. The ones included in this book are easy to find in most supermarkets or farmer's markets but they're ones that most of us aren't accustomed to cooking with beyond a few basic things.
Some of the sections in this book are: Health Benefits of Leafy Greens, Buying and Preparation Tips, Freezing Greens and Dehydrating Greens. She then goes on to introduce several of them with descriptions and drawings of each. (This was really helpful to me. If I can see them, I know what I'm looking for in the grocery store.) Along with each description she lists, with page numbers, recipes included in the book that use that type of leafy green. I wish I would have had this book when we belonged to a organic co-op and received boxes of vegetables that often included lots of greens each week. The book would have given me a variety of ideas of what to make with each one. It also helps to have several recipes when you buy too much of the same thing at a farmer's market and need to use them up fast.
Chapter 1 is Basic Preparations of Leafy Greens
Chapter 2: Greens with Beans, Grains, Pasta & Other Vegetables
Chapter 3: Salads, Dressings & Dips
Chapter 4: Greens in Soups & Stews
Chapter 5: Green Juices & Smoothies
There are also metric conversions and an index.
I like that there are a lot of hearty recipes along with the others in this book. It's not a book that's full of only salads. Some of my favorite recipes so far are: Pasta with Greens, Chickpeas and Olives, Curried Sweet Potatoes with Chard & Chickpeas, Pasta with Asparagus, Arugula & Sun-dried Tomatoes, and Lemony Wild Rice with Greens, Pine Nuts & Raisins. The recipes are easy to follow and use ingredients that can easily be found in the grocery store.
There are simple green drawings throughout the book and an eight page color section of photos in the center of the book. The recipes are all vegan but would be a great addition to any cookbook collection. It's also a very nice quality book that would make a thoughtful gift for anyone that is looking to add more healthy greens to their meals.