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Vegetables [Hardcover]

Sophie Grigson
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2 Oct 2006

A definitive guide to cooking with vegetables, with essential information on buying, preparing and cooking the vast range now available, from one of the most trusted and knowledgeable cookery writers working today.

With more access to quality vegetables than ever before through organic boxes, farmers’ markets and a greater range in supermarkets, more and more of us are moving vegetables centre-stage in our cooking. Sophie Grigson shows that whether we eat fish and meat, or are a vegetarian, vegetables are no longer just an accompaniment.

Organised according to vegetable type, Vegetables is packed with information and personal anecdotes from Sophie – from her tips on how to buy Jerusalem artichokes to her passion for hard–to–find chervil root – together with advice on how to buy, prepare and cook each type of vegetable.

A range of recipes showcase each particular vegetable, from Wild Garlic and New Potato Risotto to Japanese Cucumber Salad to Crisp Slow-Roast Duck with Turnips. Recipes encompass the familiar as well as the more innovative, with both vegetarian, meat and fish dishes fully represented, ranging from soups and starters to full-blown main courses. This definitive book is a great read as well as a recipe source book that is deserving of a place on every cook’s shelf.

• ROOTS – from Jerusalem artichokes to yams, including potatoes and carrots
• SHOOTS AND STEMS – from asparagus to fennel
• FRUIT – from aubergine to tomatoes
• SQUASHES – from cucumber to winter squashes
• PEAS AND PODS – from bean sprouts to peas
• ONION FAMILY – from leeks to onions
• FLOWERS AND BRASSICAS – from globe artichokes to cauliflower
• GREEN AND LEAFY – from pak choi to spring greens
• SALAD LEAVES – from watercress to purslane

Product details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (2 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007213778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007213771
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 25.3 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A definitive work from a totally reliable food writer that deserves to become a classic.” The Bookseller

‘If you love cooking and eating your vegetables as much as you love growing them, you’ll be delighted with this book.’ - Organic Gardening magazine

Reviews for First-time Cook:

‘Great step-by-step visual guides…a perfect entree into the world of cooking’.
Independent on Sunday

‘Friendly and chatty, Sophie Grigson is the cook any beginner should have by their side.’ Good Food magazine

‘Gorgeous recipes from the start.’ - Time Out

About the Author

Sophie Grigson is synonymous with great food, often using new and exciting ingredients in simple, easy dishes. Her TV career began in 1993 with the award-winning 12-part series ‘Grow Your Greens, Eat Your Greens’ for Channel 4. She writes regular features for several magazines and newspapers, including BBC Good Food and Country Living Magazine and has been awarded the Guild of Food Writers Cookery Journalist Award. Sophie is the author of many successful books. She has two children and lives in Oxford.

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4.0 out of 5 stars how to become a seasonal cook 29 Dec 2006
By aak
I've recently had an epiphany, and am trying to develop from a lazy fast food re-heater to a seasonal cook. So I joined a local box scheme, which means that I now have to deal with vegetables I didn't even know existed. And here is where Sophie Grigson's book comes in handy. Whilst I don't have much opportunity to actually select the vegetables that come in the box, I now have lots of ideas on how to live off three different leafy greens for a whole week without becoming suicidal. The recipes are straight forward and down to earth, most ingredients are easy to obtain, and above all they mostly result in food that my husband and I enjoy. The language is accessible and instructions are clear. I'm pleased with this book, and I will continue to use it for the foreseeable future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Give peas a chance 4 Jan 2007
I bought this book for inspiration when I joined a vegetable box scheme and wanted new ideas. It hasn't disappointed. A wide range of vegetables are covered, with an introductory paragraph on cooking instructions as well as a specific recipe (or recipes) for each entrant. With a little imagination many of the recipes could be adapted to use different vegetables, thus providing an infinite variety of choices. It's well worth buying, with highlights so far being the Carrot Cake and Celeriac Stuffing recipes.

Just one negative ... the book contains no mushroom recipes at all - why?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Vegetable Encyclopaedia 20 Jun 2007
By Hiro
Yes, as the reviewers below mention, it is true that the recipes are on the basic side. But this is a great great great book to have handy if you want to cook a wide range of vegetables + if you would like to give a try to something different. I had never cooked Yum potatoes before but was pleasantly surprised with its silky texture and nutty sweetness following her guidance.

This book explains each vegetable in details - when to buy, what to avoid, how to store and how to cook.

With this book, you can enjoy Kohlrabi (crunchy + juicy and refreshing), Edamame (beautiful little green gem) + Zucchini flowers (taste of the Italian summer) and many more.

I now enjoy going to small greengrocer's in Green Lanes near Harringay Railway station in London. Before Sophie's "Vegetables", I thought they sold wired vegetables, but I now think they sell treasures. If you live in London, visit there on weekend. My cooking is much more diverse and interesting now (at least to me), and it is nice to visit big supermarkets less.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What every organic box owner needs 28 Jun 2008
I was at the point of cancelling my organic box having become stuck for ideas (you don't see a lot of kohl rabi in the works of Jamie et al) This book provides inspiration and education - introducing you to some more novel ways of cooking veg as well as standard guidance. Really like Sophie's narrative style of writing. This book plus Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's 'Fish' and 'Meat' book forms my 'holy trinity' of cookbooks that I use all the time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book for allotmenteers 29 Mar 2009
I must admit I bought this book simply because it was on special offer, but I find myself pulling it from the shelf more and more often; it's a pleasant read and has plenty of good simple recipes. It is not, as another reviewer has already pointed out, a vegetarian cook book, but if like me you have an allotment it's a useful resource when you have those "what on earth can I do with even more Swiss Chard?" moments. The Indian Stuffed Potato Cakes and the Blushing Dauphinoise are both highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Dealing With Veg. Boxes. 16 Dec 2007
What do you do with all the weird things that come in a winter veg. box? Jeruslaem Artichokes? Celeriac? We had no idea, so I bought this for my wife last year for Christmas, and it has proven to be hugely helpful, and become a staple of our kitchen. We find the excellent introductory sections about basic preparation and attributes of each vegetable/root to be even more useful than the full recipes themselves. An excellent purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as Eat Your Greens
I have been using Grigson on Vegetables for several years and bought 'Vegetables' for a friend who agrees with me that it is the book most likely to increase the consumption of... Read more
Published on 28 July 2009 by R. E. Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I cope without this book?
This is my little kitchen bible and is a must for anyone who is part of a vegetable box delivery scheme or enjoys vegetables but is a bit scared of what to do with them (I used to... Read more
Published on 17 May 2009 by Knitterbird
5.0 out of 5 stars The book for vegetables - not bland at all!
I got the book for christmas, immediately liked it and tried some recipes during the holidays. They all went down well, even with my parents who sometimes aren't the most... Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2008 by Sabine Zimmermann
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book for those trying to eat more vegetables!
I like this book, and its style. The recipes are good and work all the time. It's just a pity that there isn't more of them. Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2007 by Laural
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for those who just don't know what to do with that...
I got this book for Christmas, and I love it. I'm fairly new to adventurous cooking, and this is just what I needed. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2007 by S. Richards
2.0 out of 5 stars bland
As a keen and experienced cook I was really looking forward to this but was disappointed to find it too heavy on turgid description of how to choose and buy vegetables. Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2006 by Duncan pm
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