Vegetables Every Day: The Definitive Guide to Buying and Cooking Today's Produce, with Over 350 Recipes Hardcover – Apr 3 2001
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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
From Publishers Weekly
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 entres (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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I haven't yet tried any recipes from this book. I bought it in hopes of feeding my family more vegetables. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2013 by Monique
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 morePublished on April 1 2013 by Cynthia Racz
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 morePublished on Sept. 29 2003
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 morePublished on Sept. 19 2003
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 morePublished on Jan. 18 2003
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 morePublished on Jan. 12 2003
Never have reviewed a book before, but felt compelled after having multiple amazing experiences with this book! Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2002 by Nancy