The Produce Bible: Essential Ingredient Information and More Than 200 Recipes for Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs & Nuts Paperback – Mar 1 2007
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About the Author
LEANNE KITCHEN, a professional chef for 14 years, has worked in food and travel publishing for the past ten years. She has extensive experience as a food stylist, recipe writer, and cookbook editor, and as a travel features writer. Kitchen lives in Sydney, Australia.
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The recipes vary greatly - some are for sweet dishes, others savory. Based on a cursory look at various recipes, most are fairly easy, though some will call for less commonly found ingredients. There are definitely some good recipes in here though.
The layout of the book is straightforward with some really beautiful photographs. The text is large and easily readable. Recipes are cross-referenced (e.g. mango recipes are in the mango section, but a footnote also tells you of the recipes in other sections that use mango as an ingredient). There are omissions - you won't find every type of produce imaginable, just a hundred of the most common things (If you want to know all about persimmons, you are out of luck). I would have liked more produce info and a few less recipes (or even no recipes).
As my other reviews explain, I'm more of a baker than a food cooker, but the information in this book will help either type of food cooking addict. It would be even better if it had some heavy metal madness interjected.
Also, under sweet potatoes, you do see a nice big picture of them but can't tell if they are the white ones as the photograph is pretty but it appears to be more in sepia tones? My sweet potatoes at the market are not that color.
The thing that made me scratch my head--no category for yams. Huh? You can't even find them in the index. She does however dedicate a paragraph on them, and not picture. I've only flipped through a pages for a few minutes, so I'd be really disappointed had I not checked this out at the library to review it before buying.
If I can get it for a few bucks off Amazon, I'll buy it. Otherwise she's just left too many things out and left too much to the imagination.
Too bad, this book has great potential, the quality of paper is great and photographs pretty. Hopefully we'll get a revised version and she'll change it up.