Can you recommend Pollan-esque cookbooks? Does anyone know of a good vegetable-centric (i.e. not vegetarian) cook book that features recipes that make heavy use of veggies and grains and are "enhanced" by meat?
Also, a good ingredient-first book so I can better orient my meal planning around what is at the local (Massachusetts) farm. Thanks!
For a good cook book that I think is really focused on a wholesome diet, including many vegetables, and is not against meat or alcohol, I would suggest The Mediterrasian Way. You can find out a lot of information and get recipes at their website:
Their recipes are sometimes fairly difficult, in that they require many ingredients, but they are good starting points, and the cook book itself--which I bought after being pleased with all of their online recipes--offers a lot of good sense advice about putting together healthy meals and such. They put a lot of emphasis on creating delicious food by mixing vegetables into dishes, rather than the somewhat traditional American idea of seperate veggies, meat, and grains.
I find a lot of ingredient-first recipes from a local farm that runs a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). It's designed to help their members figure out what to do with the contents of their veggies box and since it's locally-based (for me) acording to season, I find it very useful when trying to figure out how to prepare those lesser-known veggies that we get here: Fava Beans, Fennel, Kohlrabi, etc.
From Two Small Farms: http://www.mariquita.com/recipes/index.html
From Eat With the Seasons: http://www.mariquita.com/recipes/index.html
I realized that these are specific to Northern California, but they may be helpful & I would recommend looking on the web for local resources as well as checking with your local chapter of SLOW food, farmers markets and/or gerdeners' associations.
I know of two books that would help: "Simply In Season" by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-wert "Local Flavors" by Deborah Madison
If you search for Simply In Season on Amazon, you'll find a list of similar books. The Mennonite Central Committee (main charity organization of the Mennonite church) has published this and other books, so checking their website might also help (mcc.org).
A cookbook very much in line with Michael Pollan's philosophy is Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions. It also contains a great introduction worth reading on its own. I'm actually surprised Pollan didn't mention it.