The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood, 80+ Recipes Paperback – May 16 2012
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"I jumped on [The Book of Kale] like a slug on lettuce, not only because of my own extreme enthusiasm for this easy-growing miracle food, but also because it is becoming so rightfully popular."
~Helen Chesnut, Victoria Times Colonist, June 9, 2012
(Quail, kale and other delights of summer: Article in the Victoria Times Colonist)
"The recipes are creative, putting kale in just about everything, from scones to chutneys"
~Meredith Goad, Portland Press Herald, June 13, 2012
Hanna's book covers a short history of kale, different varieties, fun with kids and kale, and, of course, the planting, caring and harvesting of kale[...] But the majority of of Hanna's book is made up of delicious and inventive kale recipes. And yes, it has a kale chip recipe. Tried it, loved it. You will too.
~Sherry A. Firing, The Globe and Mail, August 17, 2012
The Book of Kale is sure to bring much needed attention to one of the most nutrient-packed vegetable crops in the world. I've researched the nutritional quality of kale for over 12 years and it truly is a superfood. It is high in available nutrients, an excellent source of cancer-fighting glucosinolate compounds, and one of the best sources for carotenoid pigments that contribute to eye health. As a cool-season vegetable, kale grows best in early spring and fall months; however, it is easy to grow year-round in most climates. It is grown as a "baby green" (30 days old), or most often grown to full maturity. Historically, thousand-head kale is the progenitor in which all of the other Brassica oleracea crops (cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower) descended. You will not find a vegetable crop with more nutritional value and historical significance than kale. It is just unfortunate that kale has been relegated to the role of a garnish at the salad bar, or on the plate. Sharon Hanna has provided many ways to enjoy this nutrient-dense vegetable, and hopefully this book will help bring this special crop to the prominence it deserves.
~ Dr. Dean A. Kopsell, Associate Professor of Vegetable Crop Physiology, The University of Tennessee (Advance Praise for The Book of Kale)
"It has real personality and charm and the overall results are delicious."
"The book has integrity, heart and pure deliciousness."
~The Jury, Taste Canada - The Food Writing Awards 2013
About the Author
Sharon Hanna writes, speaks and teaches in Vancouver, BC. She received the Mayor's Prize for Environmental Excellence in 2006 for her inner-city children's gardening program. Hanna contributes regularly to GardenWise magazine and GardenWiseOnline, and was West Coast correspondent for Gardening Life.
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But there is much more to this book than just the recipes. There's a whole section on the nutritional benefits of kale, listing all the different nutrients.Read more ›
I'm a little disappointed in the recipes - although I love the photos of the dishes. They're a bit too complicated, most of them, for me, who likes to cook everything in 5 minutes. But she reaffirms that some of the things I'm already dong with kale - chiffonading it and stir frying it with shallots, garlic, leeks, squash or apples or potatos works well. So that's good. Same with chiffonading it and putting it in salads.
So, yes, the book met my expectations.
We made the Savoury Kale Scones with Pumpkin & Cheese; they were delicious; used butternut squash instead of pumpkin.
There was quite a bit of prep required but the result was worth it. We are inspired to grown kale again in the garden this year.
Rather large for using at your kitchen counter but has a great index to find the recipe you want. All the required techniques are explained.
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has lots of different recipes where looking to combine other produce that grows in the garden when cooking Kale. Book arrived in perfect conditionPublished 4 months ago by Diane Hackewich
My wife hates kale... I gave the book away as a gift...Published 20 months ago by EastCoastWoodworker
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