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The Organic Cook's Bible: How to Select and Cook the Best Ingredients on the Market Hardcover – April 24, 2006
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Each section - vegetables, fruits, nuts and grains, herbs and spices, meats, dairy and eggs and kitchen staples (oils, flour, sweeteners) - is organized alphabetically. Each entry follows a format which includes a brief history, a nutritional profile and comparison with non-organics, various types and varieties, seasonality, what to look for (and avoid), preparation, cooking tips and recipes.
The "what to look for" comments are especially illuminating as Cox explains what weather and time do and how you can spot the signs. Recipes (250) come from a variety of sources and Cox also includes general tips about what techniques and ingredients suit each food. Sidebars throughout share personal anecdotes and gardening experiences.
In addition to providing new information about ordinary garden-variety produce, he includes those you see in the grocery but aren't sure about - like jicama or passion fruit - those you might not recognize if you did see them, like medlars or crosnes, and even those Cox himself has never tasted or seen like the mangosteen, reputedly the most delicious fruit in the world. You'll also find a list of edible flowers.
Easy to use, this is a must-have, particularly for anyone interested in getting their families to eat more vegetables - quality being the first essential.
How many times have you gone to the grocery store and wondered how to tell if the fruit you were looking at was good(like melons) or wondered what some fruit or vegetable tasted like and what to use it for? This book clearly explains how to pick the best produce, what the nutritional information is, with beautiful color photos.
I can't wait to get my own copy and start trying some of the recipes. This will definitely be something I use every day.
This deserves a rating of 10 stars!!!
There is just the right amount of detail including full colour photographs of vegetables, nuts, fruits - or whatever you are looking for. I find this very helpful when I want to buy something that I am unfamiliar with like Okra for instance.
The material is extremely accessible. Everything in this book is organized perfectly so that you intuitively know where to find what you are looking for. I love the headings, shadings, chunking of information and the gorgeous green font that suits this book.
I use this book daily for a reference. On top of being extremely useful, it would make a great coffee table book. I'm sure that people couldn't keep their hands off of it.
I was specifically shopping for cookbooks with more vegetable ideas overall when I chose these. They were even more than what I thought I wanted since not only are there recipes but the volumes of information to help choose was exactly what I was looking for. I grew up in a meat and potato family and married the same. I did get more into veggies, organics and juicing in college but really have veered back to the mainstream diet due to hubbies likes. Honestly I did alot of juicing because I was convinced most of what went in would taste bad if I had to actually taste it. I have been desperately searching for ways to diversify the family diet so that I can incorporate more nutritious foods that taste good.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my most go to book on food that I own (and I own a lot, just ask my husband) it is well written and just great to have as reference and for recipes. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Melinda Taylor Kelly
Not what I was expecting but that's my fault. It will tell you everything you need to know about everything. I was just looking for a simple recipie book thoPublished 6 months ago by hillbillytj
I love my organic cooks bible , its so hard to put it down once you start to read about all things it covers and the invaluable information it provides. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a gift for my sister. I looked through it briefly, but I know she loves it and uses the recipes often.Published on July 12, 2014 by Trina
I love this book! It's in excellent condition!! I am very happy with my purchase! thank you so very much!Published on February 28, 2014 by Angela
If you want me to rate something then don't put these stupid requirements into this box, if I'm done saying what I want to then I shouldn't have to put more words to satisfy your... Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by bob