Vegetable Literacy: Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom, with Over 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes Hardcover – 20 Apr 2013
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Deborah Madison is *the* original Vegetarian foodwriter, inspired and inspiring, and a pioneer in her very green field, showing us how to get extraordinary elegance, heartening earthiness and, always, flavour, flavour, flavour, out of the fruits of the earth. I have long loved her 'Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone' (recently updated as The New Vegetarian Cooking') and 'The Greens Cookbook'; I remember fondly, elegiacally, an enchanted dinner with my husband John at the late, lamented Greens Restaurant in San Francisco when I was young. So for me, this, her most recent book, is both a source of joy, and a must-have volume. Think of it as an enquiry, in the old lettered sense, into the botanical world: a grounded reflection on the life of plants (in the earth and in the kitchen) and a vibrant compendium of recipes which celebrate them. --http://www.nigella.com/cookbook-corner/view/vegetable-literacy-132)
About the Author
DEBORAH MADISON is the author of eleven cookbooks and is well known for her simple, seasonal, vegetable-based cooking. She got her start in the San Francisco Bay Area at Chez Panisse before opening Greens, and has lived in New Mexico for the last twenty years. In addition to writing and teaching, she has served on the boards of Slow Food International Biodiversiy Committee, the Seed Savers Exchange, and the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance, among others. She is actively involved in issues of biodiversity, gardening, and sustainable agriculture.
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Deborah Madison has assisted me with this fabulous new book that I received for my birthday. Her knowledge of cooking, and gardening has brought great surprises to me. She has a new format for her cookbook, she has written her chapters based on plants within the same family. This is an area that opened my eyes. I never thought about the fact that tomatoes go so well with eggplant. Within each chapter, each vegetable gets its own recipes, growing tips, recommended varieties, bits of kitchen wisdom, and preferred culinary companions. This is a 405 page book on Vegetable Literacy, on cooking and gardening with twelve families from the edible plant kingdom, and over 300 simple recipes.
This all started when Deborah Madison noted the lacy flowers on some of her plants, carrots, parsley , fennel, cilantro, and anise. She wondered if all these lacy flowered plants were related, and she found they were. And, so, she started looking at other plant families and what they had in common. What she discovered is that they could be cooked together for delicious tastes. We receive a simple lesson on plant botany, and then learn how this will new knowledge can be put to taste.Read more ›
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as someone who grew up on vegetables boiled until the point of mercy I have a slight aversion to anything which grows out of the ground. Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2014 by dnmartin87