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A Girl and Her Greens: Hearty Meals from the Garden Hardcover – April 21, 2015
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“In a sneak peek at her new cookbook, A Girl and Her Greens, Bloomfield offers her crazy-good recipe for pan-roasted carrots with carrot-top pesto, shaved carrot salad, and creamy burrata.” (Saveur 100 Cooks' Edition)
“What makes Ms. Bloomfield’s simple food so satisfying-both at her restaurants like the Breslin and the Spotted Pig, and in her previous book, A Girl and Her Pig-are its pinpoint-perfect textures, flavors and seasonings.” (New York Times)
“…I can’t imagine anyone being able to write about vegetables the way [Bloomfield] does without truly loving them… [M]y only frustration with Bloomfield’s book so far has been that the options are so tempting, it’s hard to know where to begin.” (Washington Post)
“April Bloomfield...brings her irresistible, amped-up attitude to A Girl and Her Greens: Hearty Meals from the Garden. Bloomfield finds the same delight in fresh peas as she does in a juicy steak…her recipes all have chatty, supportive and meticulous instructions.” (BookPage)
“Known for her whole-animal approach, chef April Bloomfield compares her love for lamb shoulders and suckling pigs to action films. ‘You probably don’t want them all the time,’ she writes. What we do want is more of her kale polenta.” (Cooking Light)
“Famous for her meaty dishes..., April Bloomfield is ready to show off her vegetable side... A Girl includes recipes for crushed spring peas with mint, whole pot-roasted cauliflower with tomatoes and anchovies and a butternut squash coconut tart.” (New York Daily News)
“New York City chef April Bloomfield follows up her 2012 debut A Girl and Her Pig with this treatise on vegetables... Greens is arranged seasonally and focuses on the lighter side of Bloomfield’s cooking.” (Epicurious)
“My favorite thing about the recipes I tried, from the crushed spring peas with mint to the fingerling potatoes in butter, was the small details, carefully explained in Bloomfield’s instructions, that pushed the simplest dish upward from good to great.” (Bloomberg Business)
“The chef, restaurant owner, and author of the critically lauded A Girl and Her Pig presents a beautiful, full-color cookbook that offers tantalizing seasonal recipes for a wide variety of vegetables, from summer standbys such as zucchini to earthy novelties like sunchokes.” (Publishers Weekly)
From the Back Cover
The vegetable-centric follow-up to the beloved cookbook A Girl and Her Pig, by the winner of the 2014 James Beard award for Best Chef in New York
From the chef and author of the critically lauded A Girl and Her Pig comes a beautiful, fully illustrated cookbook that offers scrumptious seasonal recipes for her true love—vegetables. Although her name is practically synonymous with nose-to-tail cooking, April Bloomfield's heart belongs to the humble potato, to sweet corn and zucchini, to winter squash and Treviso, to sugar snap peas and ramps.
In recipes such as Whole Pot-Roasted Cauliflower with Tomatoes and Anchovies, Tagliatelle with Asparagus and Parmesan Fonduta, and Crushed Spring Peas with Mint, April demonstrates the keys to her unforgettable food: honest ingredients, attention to detail, and affection for the sensual pleasures of cooking and eating.
Lively and down-to-earth, A Girl and Her Greens features insightful sidebars and tips on April's techniques and charming narratives that reveal her sources of inspiration.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is certainly pretty! Lots of cute drawings and sublime photos perfectly highlight the nature of her food: bold, colourful, vibrant! Subtle, inspiring, and daring pairings are commonplace, such as mixing raw and char-grilled fennel in the same dish to add depth, or variations of polenta that sound (and taste!) outrageously good. We particularly loved her ability to describe how she thinks in layers of goodness and flavours, where every ingredient has a well-defined role to play.
It's obvious that this isn't a "let's publish something quickly"-type of book. Every recipe has clearly been tested and refined over years of trial and error. Yet, her ability to strike the perfect balance between "making incredible food" and "still doable at home" is remarkable. Recipes are detailed and well-written, and some still require quite a few steps (cooking ingredients separately, etc.), which shows clearly that April doesn't cut corners when it comes to food!
Some recipes might seem overkill for a quick dinner after-work, but her goal was to show amateur cooks that you can make restaurant-quality vegetarian food at home without spending the whole week-end. And damn this book delivers here! The balance of flavours in her amazing Roasted Cauliflower and Freekeh salad with Pistachios and Pomegranate was top-notch and made us feel we're ready to open a middle-eastern street food cart right away.Read more ›
I love her casual way of talking to me, just to me, about what she's learned and what she does. I can't wait, when I finish this one, to go get the one about pigs! And I'm not even a meat lover, but I DO love good books. And I already know that she's a superb story teller, for those who love gardening, and love greens, and veggies, and well—food!
And guess what? I'm not even in the foodie world, so I didn't know who she was. But the sample alone has me salivating for more of her stories! Go, April!
My only critique is that a fair portion of these dishes are quite labor intensive and not really geared for weeknight meals. Having said that, a number of dishes can be stored in the fridge for several days and reheated but personally that's not the same as fresh and hot.
to picking and serving my garden's delights. Fresh greens done in super fresh ways; simple and delicious. The illustrations are delightful
and the over-all approach is what I would actually call quite perfect! Yay for April Bloomfield whose name is perfect for this book!!! Thanks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was worth it just for the roasted cauliflower recipe. I love the snippets about her life and her explanations on some of the recipes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Asia :D
Wonderful cookbook! Well written & at least as good as her first. Bloomfield's quirky & interesting personality really comes through.Published 3 months ago by wyogardener
Yes, April's book is excellent and current. My wife Sandra has prepared a number of recipes from the book.
I gave this as a gift and the recipient reported the response above. I'm reading A Girl and Her Pig on my Kindle right now and it's terrific -- both as a read and in terms of how... Read morePublished 8 months ago by smb
Enjoyed her style and experiences. Recipes look good and will try them.Published 8 months ago by Debra A. Balog
I had to give this book away because the all of the recipes had obscure ingredients and recipes were extremely time consuming. I could not find one recipe I would attempt. Read morePublished 8 months ago by TP