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Wild About Greens: 125 Delectable Vegan Recipes for Kale, Collards, Arugula, Bok Choy, and other Leafy Veggies Everyone Loves Hardcover – June 5, 2012

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"Greens are a side dish no more! Inspired by an overabundance of chard in her kitchen garden, Atlas created a full menu of over 100 internationally inspired dishes and dips starring cruciferous greens. A handy introduction includes the names, health properties, and flavors of all featured greens, as well as tips on buying, preparing, freezing, and dehydrating. Author of ten vegan and vegetarian cookbooks--including Vegan Holiday Kitchen and Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet--and the creator of vegkitchen.com, Atlas is known for time-saving recipes with simple ingredient lists; featuring recipes calling for about six to ten ingredients each, her latest book does not disappoint. VERDICT Full of enticing, healthy recipes like Kale Chips and Collard-Wrapped Yellow Rice and Black Bean Enchiladas, this cookbook will attract vegans, vegetarians, foodies, and adventurous dieters." -- Library Journal
 
"Ms. Atlas is that rarest of creatures, a sensible, non-preachy vegan with a sense of humor. . .you'll find plenty of useful information in this highly readable collection of 125 recipes featuring leafy green vegetables--17 categories in all, from arugula to watercress. There a several standouts, including Sauteed Sweet and Citrusy Beets With Their Greens. In a chapter about matching greens to beans, grains and pastas, Ms. Atlas presents Hoisin-Glazed Bok Choy With Tofu and Soba Noodles, as satisfying as any meat or poultry stir fry. . . . you don't have to be a committed vegetarian to enjoy Ms. Atlas's flavorful, easy-to-follow recipes." --Wall Street Journal

About the Author

Nava Atlas has written ten previous bestselling cookbooks including Vegan Holiday Kitchen (Sterling 2011). She has long been considered an expert in meat-free holiday fare, which is the most popular area of her website, VegKitchen.com. Nava is also a visual artist, whose work has been shown nationally in museums, galleries, and alternative art spaces, and is part of numerous museum and university collections.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402785887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402785887
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By PT Cruiser TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 5, 2012
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Numerous studies have shown that some of the most nutrient dense foods are leafy greens. They pack not only vitamins and minerals but they are low in calories. If you're like me, you're always searching for new ways to get more of them into your diet. Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas is a beautiful hardcover book that has 125 recipes for greens like kale, collard greens, arugula, bok choy, escarole, chard and many other leafy greens. She doesn't include lettuces and ordinary cabbages that you're probably already familiar with and use in salads, although there are a few recipes where they appear with other greens. The ones included in this book are easy to find in most supermarkets or farmer's markets but they're ones that most of us aren't accustomed to cooking with beyond a few basic things.

Some of the sections in this book are: Health Benefits of Leafy Greens, Buying and Preparation Tips, Freezing Greens and Dehydrating Greens. She then goes on to introduce several of them with descriptions and drawings of each. (This was really helpful to me. If I can see them, I know what I'm looking for in the grocery store.) Along with each description she lists, with page numbers, recipes included in the book that use that type of leafy green. I wish I would have had this book when we belonged to a organic co-op and received boxes of vegetables that often included lots of greens each week. The book would have given me a variety of ideas of what to make with each one. It also helps to have several recipes when you buy too much of the same thing at a farmer's market and need to use them up fast.
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Wild About Greens is the latest from Nava Atlas, a prolific author of fantastic cookbooks. You don't need to be vegan (I'm not) to appreciate the detailed descriptions of each green and the delicious recipes. As one who frequently goes to the grocery store or farmers market and buys lovely and unfamiliar greens, this book is a real gift. I bought Russian kale at the market on Sunday, and found a great recipe for a vegetable stew which I made and enjoyed for lunch today. This is a must-have for cooks who want to work more greens into all aspects of their cooking repetoires (smoothies to stews). Excellent resource, with versatile recipes that include useful variations.
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First off, this cookbook is downright gorgeous, just from the perspective of the book itself. The dustjacket is a nicely textured paper, as are the pages within the book itself. If you are someone who enjoys READING cookbooks, as well as using them, you'll love the aesthetics of this book. Most pages are illustrated with a pen and ink drawing of a leafy green. The full page photographs included (by the very talented food photographer Susan Voisin) are gorgeous. I wish there were more than the 8 that are included!!

In terms of function, this is a most useful book. Got a green that you've never heard of before? The first section of the book includes a description of just about every green under the sun, describing what it looks like, a pen and ink drawing of the green, a description of its taste, whether it is a green that is good raw or is better cooked, and a list of all the recipes in the book that include that green.

She talks about how to preserve greens if your garden or CSA is loading you up with more greens than you can handle at one time. She has an overview section describing the different preparation techniques for greens (steaming, wilting, sauteing, blanching, braising).

The recipes are divided into 5 chapters: Basic Preparations; Greens with Beans, Grains, Pasta, and Other Vegetables; Salads, Dressings, and Dips; Greens in Soups and Stews; and Green Juices and Smoothies.

I pretty much love greens in any way, shape, or form, but I've heard other folks who are not big leafy green eaters say that the recipes in this book made them realize that with the right recipes, any green is delicious. Nava has done a very innovative way of bringing complimentary flavors that balance with a green's taste.
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One of my favorite things to buy every week is organic kale and mustard greens, but other than my standby recipe for kale chips or using it in soups, I wasn't really sure how to show it off to its best advantage. Enter Nava Atlas's "Wild About Greens," which will give you 125 vegan recipes for kale, collards, mustard greens, and more.

The journey begins with a brief guide to preparation and an illustrated who's who of greens, from common varieties (spinach, kale, chard), to those I'd looked at but didn't know how to prepare (including Asian greens such as tatsoi and mizuna, beet greens, dandelion greens, turnip and radish greens). Thanks to Nava, I learned that you can freeze greens by blanching them and putting them into freezer bags (before, I had the bad habit of leaving them in the fridge until the end of the week when they were past their prime).

Chapter 1 appropriately starts with basic preparations, including sautés, braising, and stir-fries. I particularly enjoyed the Mediterranean greens with pine nuts and raisins and the chard with raisins and pecans from this chapter. Subsequent chapters focus on heartier combinations of greens and grains and/or beans, including pasta with two beans and escarole, rosemary potatoes and collard greens with vegan sausage, and ragout of broccoli rabe with white beans and porcini mushrooms.

I was first introduced to massaged kale salads in Nava's Vegan Holiday Kitchen: More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions so I was happy to see a wider variety here, including kale salad with fresh fruit and radicchio and Asian-flavored kale and napa cabbage salad.
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