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Smith and Hawken: The Gardener's Community Cookbook (Smith & Hawken) [Paperback]

Victoria Wise
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25 Feb 2000 Smith & Hawken
A big, ripe cornucopia of a book by gardeners who cook and cooks who garden, Smith & Hawken"The Gardeners' Community Cookbook "celebrates both the Smith & Hawken gardening community and Second Harvest, the largest charitable hunger relief organization in the United States. Over 300 contributors from all 50 states share the fruit and vegetables of their labors--the secrets of their tomatoes and their tomato sauce. There are herb growers. Patio gardeners. Farmers. And famous chef/gardeners and writers, such as Deborah Madison, Alice Waters, Barbara Kafka, Ken Hom, Paula Wolfert, Thomas Keller, and Barbara Damrosch, who forces Belgian endive in buckets under the kitchen sink during bitter Maine winters. And what they offer are over 400 recipes that give a cross section of creative American garden cooking. Here are garden-to-table dishes: Spinach and Strawberry Salad; Mexican Bruschetta. Seasonal inspirations: Curried Zucchini Soup; Tortellini with Pumpkin Alfredo; Asparagus Mushroom Flan. Prime pickings: Chicken and Chives; New Mexico Chard Enchiladas. And harvest put-ups: Green Tomato Chutney; Sweet Red Bell Pepper Pickle. Compiled and written by Victoria Wise, this is the cookbook to meet like-minded neighbors and friends you never knew you had, exchanging ideas and recipes just for the pleasure of it.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing (25 Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761117431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761117438
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 20.3 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,742,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool cookbook!!!!! 3 Jan 2004
A BIG cookbook, there are 400 inspired, easy to make recipes for gardeners who cook or cook who garden.
Plus the graphic part are morden, they did't showyou the dish, but every now and then put a small lovely food or kitchen ware picture to get your attention....so you wouldn't get bore.
The most important point on this book is those recipes are come from different cooks or gardeners....if you don't like one, still can try others!!!
Finally taste are very personal stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS JUST PLAIN INCREDIBLE! 5 Nov 2000
By Anna - Published on Amazon.com
First of all, let me just say that every review here is 100% accurate. I've had this gem of a cookbook for a little over a year and no I am not a gardner. But I do love to cook and shop at the farmer's market. I was not even that great of a cook, but when I cook recipes from this book, friends and family think I'm amazing. The recipes are easy and so fun to prepare. It's a health conscious cookbook in that it features fruits and vegetables in abundance without using hardly any ingredients that contain additives, preservatives, or chemicals. Everything is fresh and bursting with flavor. All recipes contain a little note from the contributor that gives the recipe a personal feel plus it's just fun to read. There are also sidebars with tidbits of information and quotes from great poets, authors, and playwrights. In addition, there are hints and tips throughout. No there are no pictures, but as one reviewer said, we don't need them. Your imagination comes alive. This cookbook has been an inspiration to me and it has given me a new passion for cooking wonderful meals. My little brother who is in college implores me to make his favorite menu when he comes home to visit: Herbed Chicken Salad with Whole Wheat Biscuits (pg.77) and Lemon-Herb Tea Cake with Lemon Glaze (pg.400) for dessert. Even my husband and two small children adore the food I prepare from my cherished cookbook. I just have to add that the Steamed Scallops Supreme (pg.193) is heaven on earth!!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Compilation from Chez Panisse Alumna 24 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book knowing that due to Victoria Wise's involvement, there would be many recipes I would want to try. I discovered that the contributors are a wonderful sampling of the cooking public-- people just like me, and illustrious chefs/food professionals(I was delighted to find a recipe from the Pasta Shop, which has one of the best Delis in Berkeley). Photographs are not necessary! These recipes excite the imagination...they renew your zest for seasonal eating. I do not see the absence of photos to be an area in which this book is lacking. Most of these recipes are dead easy, and the majority are quick! Best of all, they are inspirational to the person who does not have a garden but enjoys going to the market often, looking for what is best in season. Don't hesitate because it does not look like a copy of "Martha Stewart Living". This book is attractive, well edited, nicely laid out, and unlike many a glossy chef-opus, well-tested (read the preface and author thanks) These are clearly beloved, well used recipes!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasty Delights! 15 Jun 2000
By Bret Ehlert - Published on Amazon.com
This book not only provides a wonderful collection of unique recipes, but is an inspiration to cook in new and tasteful ways. The pasta and vegetable side dishes are especially amazing. This is by far the best cookbook I've ever ran across. Even if you're not a gardener I highly suggest this book: But be warned, if you're not a gardener, this book might turn you into one.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Ingredient in Every Kitchen 17 Jun 2000
By Katherine - Published on Amazon.com
I picked up this book one afternoon while browsing the gardening books. Smith & Hawken's "Book of Outdoor Gardening" was already one of my mainstays for outdoor work, and now this cookbook has become a "must have" indoors. The recipes are excellent, and so wonderfully varied that just about anyone will find something of interest within. It's organized in sections like "Main Dishes" and "Vegetable Sides," making it a snap to put together a whole meal. Enhancing the books' usefulness are the many sidebars and headnotes at the top of each recipe which give not only serving suggestions, but gardening tips and techniques. About the only "down side" that I can think of... my family now insists that I cook every single night!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Cookbook for Harvest Season 12 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a wonderful cookbook for the harvest season that we all enjoy. Wonder what to do with those delightful fresh veggies, and fruits no more. This book is packed with all sorts of fantastic recipes that cover everything imaginable. This book is really not meant for vegans, but many vegetarians would find many suitable recipes in this book. The instructions are clear and reasy to read, so you won't have a problem following along. I have had this book now for about 3 years, and I still enjoy it a great deal.
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