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Vegetables from an Italian Garden: Season-by-Season Recipes Hardcover – May 18, 2011
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"...a definitive garden-to-plate must-have for your cookbook shelf."- Energy Times
Vegetables from an Italian Garden features 400 delicious recipes showcasing over 40 different kinds of vegetables newly collected by the editors behind the classic Italian cooking bible, The Silver Spoon. Authentic and easy-to-use, the book will reveal how Italians use vegetables year-round to prepare simple yet crowd-pleasing dishes.
The book is organized by season in four color-coded sections (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) to help you conveniently browse for recipes by time of year. Each season is subdivided into chapters for different vegetables highlighting best-known varieties, appearance, storage and preparation and everything you need to know to maximize flavor and nutritional content. It even includes information on how to plant and harvest each vegetable in your own home garden.
Then come the recipes! Each season includes approximately 100 recipes organized further by main vegetable ingredient. For example for Spring, the book reveals how to utilize the best of the season’s bounty with main ingredients including Spinach, Swiss Chard, Wild Greens, Artichokes, Asparagus, Fava Beans, Peas, Radishes, Avocados, Onions and Belgian Endive.
Offering something for everyone, two-thirds of the recipes are vegetarian, and the remaining third feature beef, chicken, pork or fish as co-stars and are coded with unique symbols to make pleasing any dietary preference easy. As stated in the book’s introduction by the Editors, “Italian cuisine is by no means vegetarian, but vegetables play an important and integral role to every meal.”
Top Customer Reviews
Gorgeous photography shows the dishes and a few photos of the context of food - in the garden. The weight and quality of paper and binding is appreciated. The type, font size and layout are perfect. Very easily read. Engaging.
Recipes are arranged intuitively - which is by season, then grouped within season by main ingredient. For example, in fall are celery/celeriac, mushrooms, butternut squash, radicchio, potato, etc
Result: you can actually page through it looking for a recipe for what's in season, or use the index.
Amazing recipes. Creative. Diverse styles. Simple techniques. Accessible. Great results.
I've read lots of vegetarian cookbooks and vegetable cookbooks. Most fail because they over-reach as they strive to make vegetables into meat substitutes. And they rely too much on bread, pasta or other wheat. That's the most annoying thing about vegetable cookbooks.
This book is just phenomenal recipes featuring vegetables. The recipes in this book can be used as mains or sides. Some dishes have meat, eggs and seafood in them.
Phaidon please make more books like this.
This book would be a great gift because of its substance, creativity, and beauty.
The book itself is well organized into seasons. It's schtick is having the introduction section for each season undercut by 1/4" on the right side so you can easily go directly to the season you are looking for. Each season also has it's own colored ribbon to act as a bookmark. The photos are beautiful and have a matte finish - not high gloss.
The book includes basic gardening information. There is a chart at the beginning of the book which gives the average growing season for numerous vegetables. The beginning of each seasonal chapter includes more information about the growing, harvesting of those seasonal vegetables. This is followed by the recipes. I found the recipes to be very redundant and too simple. Most recipes were for the individual vegetable, which may seem logical to you, but then would you really need a $30 cookbook to tell you to lightly saute a vege and serve? or add to pasta? There are a few suggestions for soups, dressings. All that aside, this could be a wonderful book for someone just beginning to garden and cook - which is why I gave it 3 stars. For those with a little experience, I don't feel this cookbook has much to offer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My vegan daughter and vegetarian daughter-in-law were excited to try these recipes!Published 11 months ago by Joanne Brown
This book is useful if you want to look at pretty pictures and/or get excited about going to a farmers market. It's not great if you want to actually cook anything. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by S. Madhavapeddi
this cook book is the best for cooking vegetables. you have to try it. has some really great recipes for all vegetables.Published on April 29, 2013 by cookies
The images are fantastic, the recipes appealing and fairly straightforward. I would recommend this book for those who want to cook more fresh, interesting vegetable dishes.Published on August 29, 2012 by Grillin' Guru