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Vegetables Hardcover – 2 Oct 2006

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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,369 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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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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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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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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I got this book for Christmas, and I love it. I'm fairly new to adventurous cooking, and this is just what I needed.

It's not heavy on recipes, but it is great if you get a veg box! Frequently I sit looking at a mystery vegetable and although the name is provided, I draw a blank as to what to *do* with the blasted thing!

Now I know.

This book tells you where your veg originated from, how to buy it fresh, and what to do to it in very simple terms (boil it, roast it, serve it raw or not - you get the picture). There are also occasions when we're told what it'll do to us ("Jerusalem artichokes will induce wind to some degree").

If you're looking for a what's what in the vegetable world in order to increase your veggie repertoire, I'd recommend this book!

In fact, I had it on my desk today when a colleague popped up and said 'nah, no good for me, there'd be nothing in it I'm interested in'. Then he opened it on the parsnip page and saw using refried parsnips instead of refried beans in fahitas... and suddenly the book was a lot more interesting!
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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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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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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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