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Excellent Cookbook - Essential for any kitchen,
This review is from: Vegetable Love (Hardcover)
Barbara Kafka's _Vegetable Love_ is one of the best cookbooks that I have ever purchased. I have made some twenty recipes (of the 700+), and every single one has turned out delicious.
As many other reviewers have covered the book in detail, I'll stick to some key features that I love:
1. The organization
Kafka has organized her book first by regions of the world from which each of the vegetables that she covers is from, and then by vegetable. This is perfect for those of us who prefer to buy fresh produce daily. With this cookbook, i can go tot the grocery store, see what looks good, and then go home and cook it, easily - and there are plenty of options.
2. The quantity of recipes
I cook for myself only most nights, and so when I buy veggies, I'm often left with some left over that aren't cooked. I bought a head of cabbage the other night for one of her recipes and ended up with nearly a whole head of cabbage left over. It didn't mattter though, I had a ton of other cabbage recipes to try - and it didn't require searching through the book for them (see item 1). By the way - the Curried Cabbage (microwave version), Hot Cabbage and Shrimp Slaw, and Cabbage Risotto were all excellent. [The risotto, in particular, was amazing.]
3. Cooking times
None of the recipes that I made from this cookbook took more than thirty minutes. Excellent for weeknight meals. Most 'quick' cookbooks require pre-prepared ingredients, or seem sloppy and thrown together. Not here.
4. The Cook's Guide
Essential. No other word for it. Want to know how to buy, store, cook any vegetable you could possibly find at the grocery store? Want to know how many of them you'll need to feed your family/friends? It's right there, in plain, easy to understand text.
The only downside to this cookbook is that the servings per recipe is slightly off on some of them. A gazpacho recipe that I made that said that it fed four people was probably enough to feed 12. But still, it was delicious. I simply ended up eating it for a week straight instead of two days like planned.
This cookbook is essential for any home cook. The recipes are easy to make, take no time at all, and are delicious. Highly recommended.