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In Season: Cooking with Vegetables and Fruits [Hardcover]

Dan Barber , Sarah Raven , Jonathan Buckley
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Book Description

16 Sep 2008
Here Sarah Raven, a leading proponent of the local foods movement, shows how to make the most of fresh produce, whether from your own garden, your local farmers’ market or the grocery. Taking us through the year in six seasonal chunks of two months each, she highlights the best vegetables, fruits, and herbs from each period, throwing in tidbits she’s learned firsthand from her own garden. The more than 250 simple and delicious recipes borrow from different cuisines and include such inventive dishes as Cranberry Bean Hummus; Squid, Pea, and Chorizo Stew; Basil Custard; Zucchini Chutney; Saute of Peas and Lettuce; Penne with Preserved Lemon and Avocado; and Pears Poached in Saffron Syrup. While some recipes are ideal for vegetarians, there are many designed to bring out the best in meat, poultry, and seafood. In Season will inspire a new appreciation of fresh produce and will be an indispensable addition to every serious cook’s shelves.

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  • Hardcover: 463 pages
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing(NY) (16 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789318113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789318114
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 19 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Raven is a broadcaster, teacher and writer. She has made regular appearances on Gardeners' World, the BBC's flagship gardening programme; she runs her own cookery and gardening school at Perch Hill in East Sussex; and she is the author of The Cutting Garden, Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook (which was the Guild of Food Writers Cookery Book of the Year 2008) and Sarah Raven's Complete Christmas.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely wonderful cook book....but.... 12 Aug 2009
By boo2
This is a wonderful cook book - for those wishing to know more please see the reviews for the Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook - this edition appears to be the American version. This would not matter if Amazon were not offering both (along with Sarah Raven's Complete Christmas as a saver deal. Anyone buying these together may be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic value 9 Sep 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book with delicious recipes 15 Dec 2008
By Cathe - Published on Amazon.com
Since I'm trying to eat food produced locally as much as possible, I was excited to hear about Sara Raven's new cookbook "In Season: Cooking with Vegetables and Fruit." According to her bio, Raven is an expert on all things to grow and eat from your garden and has written several gardening books. I was interested to see what advice she'd have on cooking.

Let me start by saying that this is an absolutely beautiful book. It's hardcover with bright green and orange ribbon bookmarks. The paper is thick and the book is packed with vibrant, colorful photos that will make your mouth water.

The book is divided into six chapters beginning from January/February and ending with November/December, so no matter what season it is, you can find out what's available and how to prepare it. Within the chapters, Raven highlights five to fifteen foods, but as you might expect, there are more options in the summer months than winter.

Each food section begins with information about the food--different varieties, how to select them, basic preparation instructions, etc. The introduction is followed by a selection of recipes featuring that food. The Green Bean section, for example, includes recipes such as Summer Garden Tempura, Spaghetti with Beans and Tomatoes, and Trofie with Potatoes, Beans, and Pesto (trofie is a type of pasta).

Because of the subtitle "Cooking with fruits and vegetables," I thought this would be a vegetarian cookbook. It's not. There are quite a few meat dishes, particularly in the herb sections. But out of the 450 recipes in the book, I found plenty of recipes that are free of animal products, or can be easily made so by substituting vegan versions of dairy products. Here are some examples of some vegan or easily veganized recipes in the book.

- Savoy Cabbage and Cilantro Soup: made with coconut milk, chilis, and lime juice--YUM!
- The Ultimate Minestrone: made with cranberry beans, veggies, and red wine--just omit the pancetta and enjoy!

- Vegetable Korma: A curry with cauliflower, carrots, parsnips, and green beans.
- Rhubarb Sorbet: Oh my gosh--a total treat even for non-rhubarb lovers.
- Spinach and Lentil Soup: Indian spices and coconut milk.

- Salad of Asparagus, Fava Beans, Arugula, and Peas: Green and light--the perfect spring salad.
- New Potatoes in Saffron Dressing: Sherry and red chilis give the dressing a kick.
- Strawberries with Rosé Wine: a popular dessert in France.

- French Apricot Jam: Made with vanilla beans.
- Pantzarosalata: A puree of beets, walnuts, bread, and seasonings to eat as a dip with pita bread.
- Zucchini and lemon salad: A great raw summer salad.
- Grilled New Carrots: Vegans can barbeque too!
- Tomato Bruschetta: Mix your ripe, summer tomatoes with fresh basil and spread them over good Italian bread.

- Uncooked Apple Chutney: A raw, fermented chutney that keeps for months.
- Spiced Eggplant Salad: Eggplant and Indian spices that go perfect with flatbread.
- Rosemary Saddleback Potatoes: Though there are lots of wonderful potato recipes in this book, I had to try this. You slice the potatoes almost all the way through, insert sprigs of rosemary between the slices, drizzle with olive oil and bake. So good!
- Pears Poached in Saffron Syrup: Pears with cardamom and saffron--very exotic.

- Ribollita: A hearty stew of beans, kale, carrots and other winter veggies.
- Orange and Cranberry Pies: Substitute a good nonhydrogenated margarine for the butter and you can make these yummy holiday pies.

That's just a sampling, but as you can see, there's a lot to choose from.

One other caution about the book--the author lives in England and includes foods that are not common in the United States (at least not in California) like gooseberries, salisfy, samphire, elderberries, and medlars. It's interesting to read about them, but they're not something I usually see at my farmers' market so I don't know how useful those sections are. On the other hand, if I do come across them, I suppose I'd be more likely to try them for having this book.

"In Season" is as enjoyable to read and peruse as it is to cook from. It would make a nice gift for friends that garden or are trying to eat more fruits and vegetables--and a nice give for nonvegetarians that would introduce them to many vegetarian dishes.

Review as seen in VegFamily Magazine by Cathe Olson
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cookbook for those who love fresh, seasonal ingredients 15 Feb 2009
By Babylegs - Published on Amazon.com
Written by a british chef, this omniverous vegetable and fruit cookbook brings the garden into your kitchen, emphasizing what's in season, with a variety of eclectic flavors. So far, I've made the minestrone, braised cabbage, and lamb chops with anchovy crust, and have a long list of other recipes to try. The minestrone was great; the cabbage recipe included orange zest, which I think I'll skip next time...the lamb was very good, but the sauce strangely included two whole oranges worth of shredded zest, which was a little much.

The book is beautiful, with a photo almost every other page. My criticisms - sometimes imprecise quantities (like six "large" potatoes...(how big is a large potato, and what kind (waxy, floury?)) - and I think I'll end up tweaking more of the recipes to my taste. As the other reviewer suggested, the book includes some veggies and fruit that are probably more common in the UK than here. But overall this book presents an excellent and varied selection of recipes, from simple to decadent, and lots of new ideas about ways to cook fruit and vegetables, both with and without meat or fish.
20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, but recipes are lacking 2 Aug 2009
By Eve Avery - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautiful book, with lots of lovely color photographs. However, many of the photographs are not of the actual recipes. The recipes are okay. Many of them are not things that I would actually make, i.e. there is a lot of baking, jam making, ice creams. Also the fruit/veggies that are readily available (melons, sweet peppers, etc) often have fewer recipes than obscure/expensive fruits/veggies (gooseberries, currants, zuccini flowers, etc). It was interesting to read, but I am returning it because I don't think I will ever actually use it.

Note: I have not made any of the recipes, because I struggled to find something that I actually wanted to make and could get all the ingredients for at a reasonable price.
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divided By Month, Every Vegetable Under The Sun. 14 Nov 2008
By kiwanissandy - Published on Amazon.com
This cookbook is divided so that each month tells you what fruits and vegetables are in season. It's amazing. I had no idea there were even these vegetables in existence! LOL.

I guickly turned to the November/December chapter as I was headed to the grocery. And the vegetables mentioned were brussel sprouts, chard, kale, leeks, pomegranates, cranberries and winter root vegetables.

Brussle sprouts are not a vegetable I would choose to eat regularly but I thought for the purpose of this review I could...once. Unfortunately my Kroger store had a terrible selection of brussel sprouts. I picked the best I could and of the 3 recipes provided I chose the one that I actually had all the ingredients (I did not have creme fraiche, or a handful of chopped fresh herbs) so I made the saute of red brussel sprouts with almonds, page 391. hummmm....something went wrong because it did not taste as I would have liked. But like I said, my grocery had a pitiful selection of brussel sprouts and I live in the mid-west so truly fresh produce is limited.

I didn't find chard or kale in my grocery but then I see the author suggests growing your own. Well it's too late for that this year. The one recipe for kale seaweed did not seem appetizing to me. I, in honesty, did not try it. Perhaps November and December were not good months to start with. However while trying all these dishes I did discover the recipe for Cranberry Vodka which I did try and which I can say is wonderful! I then moved on to Cranberry Cocktail and it too was really good.

I made the orange and cranberry pie recipe but I also added granny smith apples to the mix. It was very good. All in all the cookbook delivers on what it says it does. There are some great pictures, all the recipes are easily readable. There is no nutritional information. The cooking and prep times are mixed throughout the recipe so you'd have to read the entire thing to know how long each dish will take.

If you're looking for a basic vegetable cookbook I would rather recommend 5 A Day: Savor the Flavor of Fruits and Vegetables by Elizabeth Pivonka or even What Color Is Your Diet? by David Heber. I do not recommend "5-a-day" by Maggie Mayhew. However, if you want a complete something different, every vegetable under the sun then this cookbook is for you. Most Americans eat the same 7 vegetables anyway (corn, carrots, green beans, broccoli, lettuce, peas and cauliflower) so this cookbook would certainly expand your palette.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 14 Jan 2010
By A. Patel - Published on Amazon.com
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I absolutely love this book. The effort that was put into this is amazing. Raven splits up veggies/fruits by their peak month, gives an intro to each of her picks, and follows with recipes ranging from simple to moderate. It's clear she prefers to preserve the food she is cooking and tells you in which month they peak so that you can dress it simply b/c it's at its most flavorful.

I really wanted this book b/c often certain veggies look so incredible at the supermarket, but I'm not sure what to do with them. This book makes it really simple without even knowing what other ingredients you need b/c the recipes call for basic food staples you likely have!
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