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Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes: Recipes from a Modern Kitchen Garden Hardcover – March 25, 2008
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“Kelley (offers advice) on raising backyard hens and cultivating green garlic. Apartment dwellers with no prospect of planting pole beans and suburbanites whose tidy plots aren’t zoned for livestock will feel at a disadvantage reading these books. Even so, many of the recipes are worthwhile and most can be created with ingredients available for sale, if not in Aisle 1 at the supermarket.”—The New York Time Style Magazine, Spring 2008
“The only problem with "Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes," the new cookbook from Jeanne Kelley, is that you won't want to spill anything on it. That's because this beautifully designed compilation, replete with mouthwatering color photographs, looks and feels more like a coffee-table book than a recipe collection. Still, if you lug Ms. Kelley's offering into the kitchen, you won't be disappointed.”—The Christian Science Monitor, April 2008
“A smart and sensible guide to cooking, in all its colors … Lovely and practical.”—The Washington Post, February 2008
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BUT, it's not really about "Recipes from a Modern Kitchen Garden" as the subtitle suggests. This is the first year I've had a kitchen garden myself and have been looking through my cookbooks with an eye for using what is growing like crazy in my garden - greens, summer squash, turnips, broccoli, potatoes, carrots, beets, beans, tomatoes, corn, you know, the usual stuff. I thought this would be a great resource for recipes, but looking at it again, from the perspective of finding recipes that would help me use my bounty, and it's a flop. The book is heavily meat-centric with lots of recipes for seafood, beef and pork (I don't grow any of those in my garden). The dessert section is luscious, but with a focus on chocolate chip cookies, chocolate layer cake, hazelnut coffee cake, and the like, it sure doesn't help use the strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries that my garden is producing. There are some lovely side vegetable dishes (roasted carrots and fennel caught my eye), but many of the salad recipes are based on beans or grains with herbs and cheese and nuts - more things that don't grow in my garden.
So, while I can recommend the book and I agree that it's both coffee-table and kitchen-counter worthy, it isn't as advertised. Don't expect lots of suggestions for using things from your own Modern Kitchen Garden.
Her flavors are fresh, clean and global. I, also, appreciate that the ingredients are accessible...no searching of specialty markets for a teaspoon of an expensive ingredient. Likewise, the recipes are accurate and well thought out. If you follow her recipe, you will have a great meal.
Thank you Jeanne Kelley.
After looking at the recipes, none really called to me. I am so glad I got this from the library first.
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