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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harbour Publishing (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550175769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550175769
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I jumped on [The Book of Kale] like a slug on lettuce, not only because of my own extreme enthusiasm for this easy-growing miracle food, but also because it is becoming so rightfully popular."

~Helen Chesnut, Victoria Times Colonist, June 9, 2012

(Quail, kale and other delights of summer: Article in the Victoria Times Colonist)

"The recipes are creative, putting kale in just about everything, from scones to chutneys"

~Meredith Goad, Portland Press Herald, June 13, 2012


Hanna's book covers a short history of kale, different varieties, fun with kids and kale, and, of course, the planting, caring and harvesting of kale[...] But the majority of of Hanna's book is made up of delicious and inventive kale recipes. And yes, it has a kale chip recipe. Tried it, loved it. You will too.

~Sherry A. Firing, The Globe and Mail, August 17, 2012





The Book of Kale is sure to bring much needed attention to one of the most nutrient-packed vegetable crops in the world. I've researched the nutritional quality of kale for over 12 years and it truly is a superfood. It is high in available nutrients, an excellent source of cancer-fighting glucosinolate compounds, and one of the best sources for carotenoid pigments that contribute to eye health. As a cool-season vegetable, kale grows best in early spring and fall months; however, it is easy to grow year-round in most climates. It is grown as a "baby green" (30 days old), or most often grown to full maturity. Historically, thousand-head kale is the progenitor in which all of the other Brassica oleracea crops (cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower) descended. You will not find a vegetable crop with more nutritional value and historical significance than kale. It is just unfortunate that kale has been relegated to the role of a garnish at the salad bar, or on the plate. Sharon Hanna has provided many ways to enjoy this nutrient-dense vegetable, and hopefully this book will help bring this special crop to the prominence it deserves.

~ Dr. Dean A. Kopsell, Associate Professor of Vegetable Crop Physiology, The University of Tennessee (Advance Praise for The Book of Kale)




"It has real personality and charm and the overall results are delicious."

"The book has integrity, heart and pure deliciousness."

~The Jury, Taste Canada - The Food Writing Awards 2013

About the Author

Sharon Hanna writes, speaks and teaches in Vancouver, BC. She received the Mayor's Prize for Environmental Excellence in 2006 for her inner-city children's gardening program. Hanna contributes regularly to GardenWise magazine and GardenWiseOnline, and was West Coast correspondent for Gardening Life.


Sharon's gardening blog

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The recipes are very creative, exciting and easy to make.
Lissa Cowan
I never thought I'd be so enthralled by a book about Kale, but this book is a great read.
Alana Worsley
This,book gave us,great help as now my husband wants to grow kale!
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By PT Cruiser TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Sharon Hanna's "The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood 80+ Recipes" is filled with information on lots of different varieties of kale. Did you know that out of all foods, not just vegetables, that kale has a whopping 1000 out of 1000 in the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index scoring system? It's one of the healthiest foods on the planet when you consider nutrient density per calorie. Years ago, when I first read Dr. Joel Fuhrman's books on Foods for Health and realized that kale was way up at the top of the list, I started looking for more ways to get it into my family's meals. I really had no idea what to do with it other than sauteing it with garlic and onions as a nice "greens" dish or blending it into a smoothie. But Hanna's book opens up all kinds of new possibilities. There are recipes sections for Breakfast, (Can you believe it, kale at breakfast?) Starters & Light Meals, Salads, Soups & Stews, Vegetable Dishes & Sides, Pasta, Polenta & Risotto and Main Dishes. My favorites so far are: Kalekopita, Tabouli with Quinoa & Kale (good as a main course salad or to fill wraps), Pasta Puttanesca with Kale and Karefree Kale & Spud Soup with Italian Sausage (I made this with vegan Italian sausage and it turned out just delicious - and easy!) Each recipe is marked with symbols telling whether it's gluten free, vegetarian or vegan. Although we do occasionally eat meat I like to cook vegan at home. It was easy to find vegan substitutions for any meat or cheese products to make the recipes that weren't already vegan. There are 80+ recipes included.

But there is much more to this book than just the recipes. There's a whole section on the nutritional benefits of kale, listing all the different nutrients.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alana Worsley on May 22, 2013
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I never thought I'd be so enthralled by a book about Kale, but this book is a great read. It really did teach me all I wanted to know about kale and more. I'm sure that I'll be using many of the tips for successfully growing more than just Kale. I'm so inspired in fact, I convinced my husband to build the raised beds we've long talked about doing, just so I can grow him his own personal supply of kale for his juicing habit. It feels strange to be this excited about a vegetable. Especially considering all of this was brought about by a simple visit to the UBC botanical garden shop, where I casually asked a question about a kale starter. I was told by an employee that I should really go inside and direct my questions to the lady who literally wrote the book on kale. Sharon was extremely helpful and the book was so attractive I thought I'd pick it up. Now, here I find myself writing my first ever review just to show my support and appreciation for her book. Thanks, Sharon!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Polly on February 6, 2013
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I bought this book for my husband's birthday. He loves to cook, and he has to use a recipe, but most of all he loves recipe books with lots of pictures, and this one does. It also has all kinds of information about kale, how to grow it, what to look for etc. which is just what my husband likes.

Only one disapproving thing: the recipes do not have the nutritional values listed. With health being a great part of our lives, especially now that we are seniors, we do like to know the nutritional value of recipes, and alway read the nutrition value listed on item we buy from the grocery store.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By delphi7 on December 24, 2012
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This is an excellent source of information about kale. I've prepared several of the recipes and they were great. I look forward to growing my own kale and making more of the recipes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marge on December 17, 2013
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Wonderful cookbook. I wish it were hard bound but it's a good resource. Kale IS good but I often have a hard time thinking of good ways to use it. This is your starting place if you have lots of kale and don't know what to do with it. It also is fun to read. I love reading cookbooks. One thing I like about it is that it has taken a lot of familiar recipes and adapted them to have kale in them. Making kale familiar makes you feel more comfortable with it. Another thing is, it's affordable. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maine Reader on June 5, 2014
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This is a good book; however, it really needs the nutritional information (calories, fat, pro., carbs, fiber...) listed for each recipe and it doesn't have it. I would also like to have seen photos of each recipe, there are few photos of the finished products. These two points are really important in a cookbook and were enough to knock it down from 5 to 3 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lissa Cowan on November 21, 2013
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Before I bought this book I was wondering how one whole book could be devoted to one green veggie. But I found myself so engrossed in reading this book that I would take it to bed with me. Sharon Hanna's writing is very engaging and she knows her subject matter inside and out. The recipes are very creative, exciting and easy to make. I have since bought copies of this book for friends and family and they all agree with me that it's an incredible book and loaded with tons of ideas for making the best and tastiest kale dishes.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Micaela Henry on July 3, 2013
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First of all, thank you Amazon for offering this at a resonable price. After seeing this title on your site, I called my local retailer to have a copy reserved and almost fell over dead when the cashier said $28 (t w e n t y - e i g h t??) dollars. I had expected, perhaps, a small mark-up, but not ten bucks...

The planting section of the book is great fun -- I'm entirely inspired (and feel well prepared) to take this project on in my own home garden... and I'm thrilled to learn that I can do it this fall, as kale is hearty and resilient and will not only survive but THRIVE in cooler temperatures and even snow! So, I'm excited to give this a try... It would be quite amazing to simply go outside and pick fresh kale (for cooking, salads, juicing, etc.) all year long.

As for the recipes (preparing!), I have to say I'm disappointed, but only because I'm a vegetarian who doesn't eat dairy (I occasionally eat eggs) and most of the recipes contain cheese and/or meat. Though there are several offerings in the book that are labeled as "vegan," almost all of them are also meat and/or cheese dishes with an asterisk saying the dish *becomes vegan* if you "omit the pancetta" or omit the cheese, etc. While this is technically true, that could be said of almost any recipe, and I get a kind of half-hearted "missing something" sort of feeling about preparing a recipe that calls for ingredients that I must leave out. In reality, this is partly a mental hurdle (assuming it's delicious, the same recipe in a vegan cookbook might look great if I didn't know there was anything "missing"). Then again, omitting something like pancetta, for example, without any attempt to replace or supplement the flavor seems like a disservice to the recipe...
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