Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cook Book Review: Practical Produce Cook Book

I know in this day and age that there are a myriad of websites out there to find recipes for anything under the sun.  That's all well and good, of course, but have you ever found an internet recipe that flopped?  In my experience, a tried and true cook book has a better uniform consistency than a search engine (even when the search engine is Pinterest and comes with pretty pictures).

Cook books are becoming underappreciated, so I'm happy to give a shout out to a disappearing breed.

As I'm sure I've mentioned more than once, this year has been the first year that we have been growing things in our yard.  It's been an amazing experience, but sometimes my question, when it comes to fresh produce that I wouldn't normally buy (like radishes), is "what do I do with all this?!?!"

That's where the Practical Produce Cook Book comes in handy.  It's a no nonsense text, no pictures or frills, but it was written by gardeners.  Each chapter is devoted to a different form of produce, making the recipes easy to find by type.  In addition to a variety of recipes for each fruit or vegetable, each chapter has a bit devoted to preserving, canning, freezing or all of the above whatever form of produce you're overwhelmed with at the time.  Most of the recipes don't include exotic ingredients... just basics you'd already find in a well-stocked kitchen.  Each chapter includes a variety of recipes, not just a few basic variations.

So, whether you're an old hand at gardening, looking for new ways to use your crop, a Community Supported Agriculture aficionado, the recipient of a friend's garden bounty, or just someone looking for new ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet, Practical Produce has something for you.

Grade: A-


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