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Melissa's Great Book of Produce: Everything You Need to Know about Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 27, 2006
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More About the Author
Her quick-to-prepare recipes show off her full-flavored style, using fresh fruits and vegetables to their best advantage.
Cathy is the Food Columnist at the Orange County Register. She won the first place award as the best food columnist in the nation from the Association of Food Journalists (in the large newspaper division).
She is the author of "50 Best Plants on the Planet" (Chronicle, $29). The colorful book showcases the fifty most nutrient dense fruits and vegetables in 150 delicious recipes. She has also written "Melissa's Great Book of Produce" (Wiley, $29.95) and "Melissa's Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce (Wiley, $29.95).
"Fruits and vegetables are sexy," said superstar chef Jose Andres on "60 Minutes," adding how with produce the flavors develop in the mouth. With each chew, he said, the flavor changes and gets more interesting.
Yes, Cathy agrees.
Top Customer Reviews
For starters, the author set herself up for heavier than necessary criticism by subtitling the book, `Everything you need to know about fresh fruits and vegetables', because the book clearly does not have EVERYTHING you need to know. This is mostly because the book is oriented toward the casual user rather than the person wishing to use the book as a reference source.
To evaluate whether this book contains `EVERYTHING' you need to know, I compared it to the most authoritative popular book on vegetables, Elizabeth Schneider's `Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini'. The very first thing you notice, looking at the entries for `A' is that while Ms. Thomas covers but two main vegetable names, Ms. Schneider covers seven. One may not miss the entries for Amaranth, Arracacha, or Arrowhead, but we are certain to be put out by the absence of entries for Asparagus or Arugula! Since I agree with Ms. Thomas' organization by division into fruit and vegetable by use rather than by strict botanical classification, I did check in the fruits section for `asparagus' and `arugula', but neither were there either. What is even odder, neither were in the index either, and I looked for both `arugula' and `rocket', the Brits' name for the peppery herb.Read more ›
Melissa's Great Book of Produce: Everything you need to know about fresh fruits and vegetables is a information-filled and gorgeously photographed tome on produce both familiar and strange. For each piece of produce you get information on buying, storage use and even a few recipes along the way. There are some items in here I have never heard of before and it is great to get information on those I have heard of, but never encountered.
A wonderful book for the kitchen or the couch, Melissa's Great Book of Produce will surely expand your knowledge and, most likely, your appetite.
October 5, 2006
by Judy Bart Kancigor, author of Cooking Jewish: 532 Great Recipes from the Rabinowitz Family
You're shopping for produce and spot this spiny magenta...what? Christmas ornament? You're curious, but what on earth is it? For a moment your hand hovers as you gauge your own adventurous spirit. But do you buy it soft or firm? peel it? cook it? eat it raw? So instead you buy plums. Again.
"The appearance of dragon fruit is downright surreal," writes Cathy Thomas, the Register's food editor and award-winning author of "Melissa's Great Book of Produce: Everything you need to know about fresh fruits and vegetables" (Wiley), a gloriously photographed, comprehensive guide down the produce aisles. With Thomas at the helm, each fruit, from Asian pear to yuzu, and each vegetable, from artichoke to yu choy sum, begs to be discovered, its perfume inhaled and, yes, tasted.
Dragon fruit "has eye-popping magenta skin, dotted with bright lime-green spines" and "tastes like a marriage between kiwi and pineapple," she promises. Indeed it does, as I discovered recently at a book signing and reception held in the gardens of the Long Beach Museum of Art. Robert Schueller, marketing guru for Melissa's World Variety Produce, Inc., the largest distributor of specialty produce and foods in the U.S., selected a dragon fruit from the exotic fruit buffet - a riot of color like an artist's palette - and cut into it to reveal its purplish-pink flesh.
So what do you do with it?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great gift for father after his heart attack. He really enjoys it.Published 7 months ago by jill roberts
This is truly an amazing encyclopedia of every kind of produce imaginable. I gave this book to my daughter who enjoys cooking, but is challenged when she cannot locate the... Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer
With Melissa's Great Book of Produce I will feel much more confident when going to some of the wonderful ethnic supermarkets in our area in New Mexico. Read morePublished on May 28, 2011 by A.V. Wood
The pictures are beautiful. It is organized and easy to find specific produce. The only thing it is missing is a pronunciation guide.Published on May 2, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Its nice to have a down to earth reference for fruits and veggies that to many people are common place but to others (like me) think of as new and exotic. Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by Megan M. Stanton
Received the book toward the end of the estimated delivery time. Would have loved to have received a tracking # via email, but at the end of the day, what can you expect? Read morePublished on June 1, 2009 by Susan
Great big book of produce which reflects the company who produced this book. Melissa's has a famous variety of produce; from every day apples to exotic dragon fruits. Read morePublished on January 9, 2009 by D. Kiang