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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (30 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140273239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140273236
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The best cookbooks stimulate your imagination so that the freshest flavours come across as temptingly as if they were on the plate in front of you. This is that kind of book."--"Scotsman"

About the Author

'The most companiable presence in the kitchen' - The Independent

Brought up in the north-east of England and educated at Cambridge, Jane Grigson started writing cookery articles in 1968. She has won numerous awards including the Glenfiddich Writer of the Year Award, the Andre Simon Memorial Fund Book Award and Cookery Writer of the Year. Her books include: Fish Cookery, English Food, Fruit Book, The Mushroom Feast and The Enjoyment of food. She died in March 1990.


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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 25 July 2006
Format: Paperback
Jane Grigson was one of the leading cookery writers of her generation with some similarity to the writing talents of the great Elizabeth David, in that her books combine superb writing with impeccable research.

The hardback edition/1991 of Jane Grigson's Vegetable Book is a 618 page alphabetical guide to selecting and cooking vegetables, with everything from artichokes to yams.
Tempting recipes from all over the world bring out the flavour and texture of each vegetable and turn the most modest ingredients into delightful dishes.

This invaluable reference includes an introduction, and appendices, entitled:

* Cutting Up Vegetables
* Steaming and Blanching Vegetables
* Stocks
* Savoury Butters
* Sauces
* Stuffings
* Batters

and finishes with a concise index, an Introduction to the American edition, a glossary and a table of equivalent weights and measures. In between are all the vegetables you can think of, and on pages 322/323 is a copy of 'John Evelyn's Salad Calendar'.

Bearing in mind that this is a book from the early 90s, glossy colour reproduction was not yet the 'in-thing' in cookery writing. Strangely, however, the subtle black and white illustrations, by Yvonne Skargon, at the top of each vegetable section are all that is required in this, a timeless kitchen bookshelf classic.

As 'The Scotsman' declares on the rear cover:

'The best cookbooks stimulate your imagination so that the freshest flavours come across as tempting as if they were on a plate in front of you. This is that kind of book.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Feb. 2002
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Perfect if you're a gardener and have gluts every now and then - look up the veg in question and there you have 10-20 recipes on average. She also gives basic info on choosing, including varieties in some cases, and basic recipes too. Her Fruit book is equally excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 April 2014
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[First, please note that this is not a vegetarian cookbook. Don't buy it if you're vegetarian, this is not what this book is for. Some of the recipes have meat in. Nor is it a photo-licious coffee-table book. It is not meant to be. Please don't whinge about this in your review, you have been told.]

This is a fabulous, detailed book on how to buy and prepare vegetables, alphabetically from Artichoke to Yam, and each section includes a few recipes where that vegetable is central. It dates back to the seventies, but is old-fashioned in the most glorious way: it is not glossy, has no shiny photos, just pen-and-ink drawings of the veg - it is a great guide to what to DO with that thing you just bought off a market stall on impulse, or which just arrived in the veg box! How to judge when it is ripe / fresh enough, which bits to trim and wash, and how to cook it (or whether you can eat it raw). In addition to the example recipes after each vegetable section, Jane Grigson also describes in general terms what ingredients suit the vegetable well, to inspire developing your own recipes, and for the more unusual (or less-found-in-supermarket) vegetables she often gives suggestions like, "A number of celery and fennel recipes may also be adapted for cardoons...". There is a separate appendix at the back on sauces in general, and a great index. I am already more adventurous in exploring the offerings at my local farmers' market!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Mcphee on 19 Sept. 2013
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I love this - it has interesting bits of info on vegetables and then lots of recipes. Especially if you get a veg delivery really helps for those veggies you are not sure what to do with.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Christine Ashby on 1 Nov. 2002
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Really, you can't call this a cookbook. It's a reference book, a work of scholarship that also contains a collection of wonderful recipes.
Jane Grigson was one of the great foodie writers, up there in the pantheon with Elizabeth David and M. F. K. Fisher. Her books combine superb writing with impeccably researched information. If you just want to know the history of the cabbage, she'll tell you. On the other hand, if somebody has just presented you with a couple of kilos of chokos, she'll bale you out.
And I am pleased to report that Jane Grigson hated swedes, so there can be no questioning her culinary judgment...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sceptical Shopper on 6 April 2013
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Good read, and I found a few recipes that will become part of my standard repertoire. The pumpkin and beans recipe was outstanding. Being an older book the profligate use of butter was shocking but I knew it was a "period piece" when I bought it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vicki on 18 Feb. 2012
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I have had a copy of this book for years, and bought this for my friend. It may be dated in some ways but if you love your veges, grow your own, it is a wonderful book to dip in and out of for really interesting recipe ideas for veges and meat.
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar. 1999
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Jane Grigson's books are always well written wonderfully erudite and full of great recipes. She is the rare food writer who even if he recipe looks a little strange can be entirely trusted without having to have been tested five thousand times by a gang of television assistants A la Delia.
Buy it and all her work. They are as great to have on the bedside table as the cookshelf.
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