She's a canny lass, Barbara Kafka, with as much respect for the culture of vegetables as for their preparation and cooking, and has divided Vegetable Love into four basic sections: Vegetables of the New World; Vegetables of the Mediterranean Basin, Europe, and the Arab World; Vegetables of Asia and Africa; and, Citizens of the World. For those inclined to think that vegetables come from supermarkets, Kafka takes you back to the roots, the origins, then revels in the ways in which these foods have found their way around the globe and into everyone's kitchen. Rhubarb, the pie plant of New England spring gardens, finds its beginnings in China and is as much at home in sweet pies as savory lamb stews.
You'll find recipes from all over the world in the New World section because that's the home of potatoes, green beans and their kin (Szechuan green beans anyone?), peppers, summer squash, certainly corn, but tomatoes and peanuts, too. Asparagus, beets, chard, carrots--those vegetable garden stalwarts--are found in the Euro/Arab section. Recipes are short, direct, to the point. Kafka minces no words.
But that's where the final sections come into play. One is Basic Recipes and Techniques, taking into account all manner of dressings, sauces, marinades, stocks, doughs, pastries, pastas, egg dishes, etcetera. And the other, that 200 page compendium, The Cook's Guide, fills in around the spare edges of the recipes. Vegetable Love is easily three books in one.
Barbara Kafka knows that when it comes to cooking for friends or family or oneself in this busy modern world, a recipe that is simple, brief, and to the point is like gold. With Vegetable Love Barbara Kafka delivers true wealth. --Schuyler Ingle
Her "Soup, a Way of Life" is one of my favorite cookbooks, so I decided to give this a shot. We're involved in a produce co-op (bountifulbaskets. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tera M Taylor
If you are not a vegetarian, the role of the vegetable can be often sidelined - always the bridesmaid but never the bride. Read morePublished 12 months ago by I. Darren
My husband loves to cook and collects cookbooks from around the world. This is by far one of our favorites and most highly used of our 1,000 plus collection.Published 13 months ago by Ashley
I've been reading my newly purchased Vegetable Love and have found some questionable entries. The Bagna Cauda calls for 35 cloves of garlic, peeled, and thinly sliced??? Read morePublished 16 months ago by tjw6150
However, the recipes are more difficult than I thought they would be. I was hoping for something simple, but good.Published 21 months ago by Pat A
This cookbook belongs in every savvy kitchen. Kafka offers a thorough understanding of everything to do with vegetables including choice recipes.Published 22 months ago by Sophie
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There is no doubt Kafka is knowledgeable. However, I want COLORED PICTURES with the recipes. Pictures are worth a thousand words... Read more
This book consists of two parts: a section on recipes, and a section titled "Cooks Guide". The "Cooks Guide" lists the vegetables in alphabetical order, and explains how to... Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by J. Hammer
This book was recommended by Weight Watchers. It is choked full of every kind of vegetable with many good recipes. The 708 pages is like an encyclopedia for vegetables dishes.Published on May 27, 2011 by Amazon Customer