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Vegetable Literacy


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From Deborah Madison, author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and America's leading authority on vegetarian cooking, comes a cookbook that explores the diversity of the vegetable kingdom and reveals the surprising relationships between vegetables, edible flowers, herbs, and familiar wild plants within the same botanical families.

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DEBORAH MADISON is an award-winning author of eleven cookbooks and has been featured in the New York Times, Food & Wine, and Bon Appetit.She serves on the board of Slow Food International and Seed Savers Exchange. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


"I have always marveled at Deborah Madison's deep knowledge of vegetables and her original creations, which taste just as delicious as they sound. Vegetable Literacy is her latest tour de force, a massive well of knowledge that makes you want to read and learn as well as cook. A fine achievement and a real inspiration for me."
--Yotam Ottolenghi, author of Plenty and Jerusalem

"I have long been a fan of both Deborah's vibrant food and her many thorough, thoughtful cookbooks. In Vegetable Literacy she offers, with abundant warmth and generosity, observations from years of garden-to-table cooking. Filled with fascinating botanical notes and inspired recipes that really explore vegetables from the ground up--it is a pleasure to read. The writing is beautiful and the lessons are astutely down to earth."
--David Tanis, author of Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys

"Deborah Madison has taken vegetables to a whole new level. You'll want to know what she knows--about botany, family pairings, and companion flavors on the plate. In cooking, Madison excels, but she's also a natural with observation in the garden. Her passion is palpable, her scholarship tops, and her prose exquisite."
--Amy P. Goldman, PhD, author of The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table

"The are few people equipped with the curiosity, skill, and eye for observation required to construct a volume of this size and scope--and Deborah does it masterfully. Vegetable Literacy will shift the way both home and professional cooks think about the relationship between ingredients, and vegetables in particular. Using this book has felt like a missing puzzle piece snapping into place--inspiring, intimate, informative, and beautifully illustrated."
--Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Every Day

"For those of us who love vegetables, Deborah Madison gives not only practical tips for buying them, but also a bounty of diverse recipes. This is a monumental cookbook from a gifted writer and one of the best cooks of our time."
--David Lebovitz, author of Ready for Dessert and The Sweet Life in Paris

"In Vegetable Literacy, Deborah Madison elegantly folds together a joy of gardening, a fascination for botanical kinship, and an expansive knowledge of fine and simple cooking. This book is a nutrient-dense treasure."
--Wendy Johnson, author of Gardening at Dragon's Gate: a Work in the Wild and Cultivated World

"In her most exciting and innovative book to date, Deborah Madison shows us how the botany in our gardens can inform and guide our preparation and cooking of meals that will both delight and nourish us all. Come directly from the garden to the kitchen with Deborah, and you will never observe or use vegetables in an uninspired way again. This book feeds our imaginations and souls with more insights per page than any cookbook I know."
--Gary Paul Nabhan, ethnobotanist and author of Coming Home to Eat and Desert Terroir

Leading vegetarian cooking authority Madison's (Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone) latest cookbook combines the poetic gardening savvy of Nigel Slater's Tender and Ripe with the history and botany of James Peterson's Vegetables, Revised. To illustrate the similarities between edible plants, with the intent of teaching readers to become more intuitive cooks, Madison groups her recipes into 12 vegetable families subdivided by species (for instance, "The Sunflower Family" includes artichokes, cardoons, endives, tarragon, and more). For each plant, Madison includes a detailed description, selected varieties, storage and prep advice, and suggested flavor pairings. VERDICT This ambitious reference, beautifully photographed by Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirscheimer of Canal House, can help readers deepen their vegetable knowledge. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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