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Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes: Recipes from a Modern Kitchen Garden Hardcover – March 25, 2008

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“Lovely and practical: That's the rare standard met in Jeanne Kelley's Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes: Recipes From a Modern Kitchen Garden. The dishes pictured do look good enough to eat. Stare hard enough at the Fig and Blue Cheese Crostini for Two Seasons, and you appreciate the smart thinking of an appetizer that can work with whichever type of that fruit is available. A side dish of Brussels Sprouts With Marjoram and Pine Nuts, containing shallots and a little cream, shows a depth of creativity. And Blood Orange Granita With Vanilla Ice Cream — which can also be made with Valencia oranges — couldn't be simpler or more stunning.”Washington Post, February 27, 2008


“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

About the Author

Jeanne Kelley attended the La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris. Since then, she has been affiliated with Bon Appetit magazine for 20 years. Kelley is also a frequent contributor to Cooking Light magazine, and many of her recipes and articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Natural Health, Islands, and Spa magazines. She lives in Los Angeles with her landscape designer husband and two teenage daughters.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; 1St Edition edition (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762431830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762431830
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 11.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've had this cookbook for a while, and it is a lovely one. The pictures are beautiful, the recipes are varied and sound delicious, and the few that I've made have turned out well. As a cookbook, it's great.

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.
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I just purchased this book and I'm in love......it is a beautiful book with emphasis on simplicty, flavor, and sophisication. I love the idea of home grown foods....the full-page photography and artistic text are fabulous...we just made the chocolate chip cookies and it was fabulously delicious. I have collected many chocolate chip cookie recipes and this is the best one....although I must confess that I used good bittersweet chopped chocolate instead of the milk chocolate chips. Another great aspect of this book is that it utilizes exotic flavors and incorporates world cuisines, such as Cuban, Morocco, Greece, Middle Eastern, Mexican...the results are delicious, elegant, and contemporary. For any serious cook, this is a treasure.
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I love this book! The unique recipes are easy to follow and feature bright, fresh, delicious flavors. The simple kitchen garden guide gives great advice on growing your own ingredients. I collect cookbooks and this is definitely my new favorite!
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This is a book of great recipes, tips and beautiful photographs. Whenever I look at the recipes, I can't wait to make them.
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.
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If you have your own garden, this is the best recipe book you will ever have. Open the book, shop in your garden for vegies, and make fantastic meals. Easy to follow recipes with complex flavors geared towards different seasons. This author knows how to skillfully put ingredients together.
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So, this book is pretty awesome and has farm fresh items as the front and center stars. Bought it for my Mom (who is an organic farmer) and she loves it. Says it reminds her of her produce and eggs...
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This book has it all - a beautiful cover, a gorgeous inside and, most important, recipes that are absolutely delicious and go hand-in-hand with your garden. Suggestions for what to have on hand in the kitchen will get you started on the right track, and composting advice will keep your garden and your planet healthy for years to come. "Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes" makes a wonderful and unique wedding gift - perhaps along with an herb or two for fun! Enjoy.
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I ordered this book sight unseen, largely from the reviews and the fact that I loved the cover. It is the perfect kitchen-garden cookbook...full of delicious recipes you'll actually use from ingredients you likely have on hand or nearby. I would recommend it to anyone who loves to cook...especially those with an interest in garden to table cooking.
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