A new cookbook graces my bookshelves… ok, dining room table because my bookshelves are full. Yes, yes, I have a cookbook problem. This is nothing new. (^_^)
What I like about this cookbook is that it focuses on fruits and vegetables… but don’t assume that this is a book for vegetarians or vegans. It’s not, although there are plenty of recipes that don’t feature meat. The book is divided by seasons, and then the vegetables/fruits are listed alphabetically within their growing season.
For example, you can find carrots listed in the spring section. And then the available recipes for carrots are: big baby carrot puree, fermented carrots with galangal and lime, and sauteed carrots with pine nuts, malt vinegar, and sorghum.
(I really want to try the fermented carrots – I think I’ve been on a bit of a fermentation kick lately. Now I have too much kimchi in my fridge. Yes, too much kimchi is a possible problem to have.)
The pictures are gorgeous and inspiring, but I think it’s the overall simplicity of the recipes that have really peaked my interests. A lot of the recipes have 8 or fewer total ingredients. Lately, I’ve been more interested in recipes that are approachable and not challenging.
I’m having trouble deciding what I want to try making first. It’s August which means summer in New England, so I should try to make something with peaches, tomatoes, or corn. But for some reason, the spring chapter appeals to me more.
I wish some of the vegetables had more recipes (like cabbage). Meanwhile I wish some vegetables like ramps weren’t in it. I have nothing against ramps, to be honest, but they’re not something I can get with little effort. (Is it just me or do you think that ramps and garlic scapes aren’t that exciting? Geez, this does make it sounds like I have something against them, doesn’t it?)
Overall impression, I like this book a lot… A lot, a lot… but I just don’t know how to put this into action.
Anybody else have it? Any particular recipe recommendations?
Disclaimer – I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I’m not getting paid for this post.