From Publishers Weekly
We know that there is life beyond broccoli and iceberg lettuce, but what is one to do with the odd-looking green things with exotic names that increasingly line the produce shelves? Albi (who recently died) and Walthers (formerly food editor for Natural Health) take a careful look at greens from arugula and dandelion to kale and mesclun and other salad greens. The authors explain their subjects' virtues and shortcomings (steamed broccoli rabe served solo can be unpleasant); how to choose them; how?and how long?to keep them; how to clean them; and, in more than 140 recipes, how to cook them. Greens need a little help, they say, and many of the recipes lean on a smattering of olive oil, garlic or raisins to bring out the flavor: Kale with Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts; Chinese Bok Choy, Shitake and Tofu; Garlic Escarole Soup with Rice. Carrots or red peppers can add color as well as flavor?a Broccoli Rabe Vegetable Pasta with yellow summer squash and freshly grated Parmesan or Romano is an exceptionally pretty and tasty dish. Interspersed are informational chapters on nutrition (most greens are high in vitamins, minerals and beta-carotene), the best cooking methods, and home gardening tips.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"This harvest of vibrant recipes is bound to result int he greening of the American table. What delicious fun!" --Lorna Sass, author of Lorna Sass' Complete Vegetarian Kitchen
"This is a book whose time has truly come. These most ancient of vegetables are now the newest, the trendiest, the most appropriate for today's savvy chefs. The recipes are explained well and therefore easy to prepare. They inspired me to head right out to my garden for fresh kale to make one of the book's eleven recipes for this nutritional powerhouse." --Meredith McCarty, author of Fresh from a Vegetarian Kitchen