The Victory Garden Cookbook Paperback – Mar 16 2010
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Even if you're not a gardener, The Victory Garden Cookbook is a great book to have; if you are a gardener, it's a treasure. The book grew out of a public television series called The Victory Garden, which was essentially a how-to program aimed at home gardeners, with a recipe segment thrown in. As the show's popularity grew, so did viewer demand for more recipes; eventually, Victory Garden cook Marian Morash decided that a cookbook was in order, resulting in The Victory Garden Cookbook. The book is a wonderful hybrid encyclopedia of information for both gardeners who cook and cooks who like to garden; Morash's first goal was to so entice readers with the pleasures of eating home-grown vegetables that they, too, would take up gardening--or at least shop for the freshest ingredients instead of settling for canned or frozen goods. The book, first published in 1982, has been a huge success ever since.
Organized alphabetically, The Victory Garden Cookbook includes all the vegetables Morash grows in her own garden; in addition to information about planting, growing, and harvesting the fruits of your labor, Morash gives advice about storing vegetables, converts yields into measurements (i.e., a half-pound of small Brussels sprouts equals 28-30 sprouts, while a half-pound of medium sprouts equals 12-14) and offers tips to gardenless cooks for finding the best produce. Whether you're an avid gardener, a gardener wannabe, or simply a person who loves a good vegetable dish, The Victory Garden Cookbook is guaranteed to become one of your best-loved and most-used cookbooks.
“Written with artistry and zest . . . absolutely crammed with intelligent observations. Marian Morash has done a tremendous job . . . She has inspired ideas about combining vegetables and insights about which flavors complement each other.” —James Beard, New York Post
“A large, handsome volume . . . It contains basic information for growing almost any vegetable, but its real strength is in the imaginative, complete and explicit recipes for their use.” —Mimi Sheraton, The New York Times
Top Customer Reviews
Mmm, mmm. Potatoes, tomatoes, even plain old lettuce -- who knew they could all taste so good? The only problem was I only knew a couple of ways to cook 'em.
Victory Garden Cookbook to the rescue. This book lists 100 vegetables in alphabetical order, and guides you as you experiment to your heart's content. I learned to saute julienned parsnips in a bit of butter to bring out their nutty flavor (parsnips -- who knew?) and to puree a potato-leek soup so good that the out-of-town visitor for whom I prepared it still refers to it years later. Not only that, but all of a sudden, cooking became fun!
The housemate who convinced me to support the farm has moved out and (can you believe) took the cookbook with her. I've been trawling the cooking sections of bookstores ever since to no avail, and my friends have stopped commenting on my fabulous cooking.
Need I state the obvious? I'm thrilled to have discovered this book at Amazon, and I'm ordering it today. It's hard to find, good to have, and worth the money
The book includes a first person introduction to the use of the vegetable, its growing conditions, etc. The intent is to get the feel of a private conversation with the author regarding the vegetable. There are general instructions for preparation for those who prefer to wing it rather than follow recipes. There are a variety of recipes for the vegetable which generally include at least one for each of the basic preparations. Then there are nice tables of yields, storage, use for leftovers, hints for use, even microwave instructions. The book has color photos of the various vegetables, including photos of preparation of the vegetable.
The vegetables included, some of which are families of vegetables not a single vegetable are: asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, endive, fennel, greens, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, okra, onion, parsnips, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, salad greens, salsify, spinach, summer squash, winter squash, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, tomatoes, turnips & rutabagas.
This is the only vegetable cookbook you'll ever need.
For me the best part of the book is that it is: (in order) alphabetical, reviews how to grow( I am not a gardener,so do not need this section),how to pick or choose when buying , how to store once at home, how to prepare for cooking, how to cook various methods, then various finishing touches for side dishes such as what spices go well, ( this is one part that does usually have butter or a sauce for serving ideas with herbs etc) this can be used for ideas and it does not take a lot of butter etc per serving to have a vegetable taste good, then there are recipes which I have not even tried!! But I love the how to buy,store, prepare and cook instructions even for those vegetable I have cooked frequently and for those I still have not cooked. I just recently picked it up out of my cupboard
again thinking I really need to cook more vegetables, even if I am the only one in my family that will eat it! My husband does not like very many vegetables, and my kids vary in what they will eat. Pleease do not let that review make you hesitate, I love this book!!! After reading another review I now have to try the marinara sauce mentioned! here is the review I am responding to. My thought is when you are trying to cook low fat you should read a basic low fat cookbook and then know you can substitute milk, lowfat milk,or evaporated skim milk for crream/half& half and use a broth base for a sauce instead of butter or oil. These are easy ways to alter recipes. I think this book gives great ideas on how to serve a vegetable for example it mentions adding pinenuts with broccoli, it is these additions that make my family rave about the vegetable instead of just serving with salt and pepper.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I had this book years ago and unfortunately lost it = along with other recipe books - in a move so was delighted when I found it for sale on this site. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jane Ross
A great cook book dedicated to vegetables which are grown in North American gardens.
Recipes are easy to follow, with lots of helpful hints added. Read more
I have had a copy of this book for ages - well worn, lots of notes. It went missing - neither child would admit to borrowing it, so I just had to replace it. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2010 by Gail Tucker
My Aunt gave me a copy after she could tell the cookbook she'd given me for a gift didn't match my vegetarian leaning eating habits. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2003 by Megan McEntire
WOW! This book is not just for gardeners, although it does provide growing how-to's. It is a wonderfully descriptive trip through the author's family garden and kitchen as she... Read morePublished on May 31 2002 by Christy G
My local library has almost forbid me to check out their copy again. Please keep this wonderful book in print so that I may have my own copy.Published on Oct. 10 2000
I just love this book. Arranged alphabetically by vegetable, it is encyclopedic in theme and delicious and inspiring in tone. Read morePublished on Dec 9 1999