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Best Cookbook for Vegetables

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I have Dorrie's, I have River Cottage, got Italian and others.

Am looking for a book that will make me want to make and eat vegetables ! :blink:

I do like them but to me making a veggie dish is not as sexy as a good dessert, traditional entrees (Animal or Fish) or even a good starch.

Any ideas will be welcomed.


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I like, in no particular order:

Mediterranean Vegetables - Clifford Wright

Red, White & Greens - Faith Willinger

The Greens Cookbook - Deborah Madison

Greene on Greens - Bert Greene

Mediterranean Grains and Greens - Paula Wolfert


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Simon Hopkinson's new book The Vegetarian Option will be out soon and should be interesting. (I believe there is a recipe for chicken stock in there!)


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I have a couple of nice books that have little chapters for each vegetable. They are:

Chez Panisse Vegetables - Alice Waters

The VIctory Garden Cookbook - Marian Morash

I look in each of these when I need inspiration and new ideas. I also have a little Williams Sonoma book on vegetables that I've used and enjoyed. Of these, the VIctory Garden cookbook might be the best in terms of covering the basic, classic ways to cook things, and then offering other, more interesting ideas.

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Mollie Katzden's "The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without" is very good. I have made her slow roasted

Brussels Sprouts.


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Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini by Elizabeth Schneider is an informative guide to less well known vegetables. Not only does it give full recipes, but it also tells you how to select and store the vegetables, and has a "Pros Propose" section of quick ideas from chefs for most of the entries as well.

What's best about this book, though, is not so much great recipes as it is the information she provides. If you want to be able to pick up unfamiliar vegetables at the market and feel confident that you'll at least have basic prep and cooking instructions, it's the one to get.

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Patricia Wells' Vegetable Harvest is a recent addition to my collection. Definitely French in focus, but all relatively simple recipes for vegetables or dishes that may include meat or fish but are predominantly about the vegetables. So far what I've tried I've liked.

One of my favorite food porn cookbooks is Roger Verge's Vegetables in the French Style. Lovely and unusual recipes for a variety of vegetables with beautiful photos and appealing stories. Recipes range from the very simple to the more ambitious and complex. Everything I've made from this book has been excellent.



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Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini by Elizabeth Schneider is an informative guide to less well known vegetables.

I really like this book. I use it more for inspiration than exact recipes. It gives me a good broad sense of possibilities with each vegetable.

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Thanks one and all for the responses.

I just bought The VIctory Garden Cookbook - Marian Morash and got it at a great price.

FYI, at Amazon, not where I bought it :wink:, it has a 5 star rating.


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I'm not familiar with every book on the subject, but of the few I've seen and own Vegetables A-Z by Schneider, mentioned above, is by far the best.


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Another resource, if you like to look at online sources, is A Veggie Venture. There is an index of all the recipes she has tried with tasting notes. Even if you don't use the exact recipe, it's a nice site for ideas, particularly when your garden gives you too much of a good thing.

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Another very nice book is Verdura by Viana La Place, who also did Cucina Rustica. A few of her soups call for chicken broth, but basically it's vegetarian.

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I don't want to sound like a broken record, but Denis Cotter is my Vegetarian chef of choice. It is vegetarian fare that you will not you will not care is vegetarian. Cafe Paradiso Seasons goes through seasonal produce and Wild Garlic, Gooseberries, and Me goes through his favourite fruits and veg. Olive Trees and Honey by Gil Marks and Local Flavours by Deborah Madison are also very good.

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hm, it seems I've been collecting vegetarian cookbooks over the years without realizing my purchasing habits

Chez Panisse Vegetables [and the less well-known Chez Panisse Fruits] both by AW

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

Roger Verge's Cooking with Fruit

Grains, Rice and Beans by Kevin Graham

India: The Vegetarian Table by Yamuna Devi

those are a few of the ones on my shelf

I chose VCforE over the Schneider book but it looks like I might get the latter for my birthday. Funny how that works out. :wink:

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