Vegetables: The Most Authoritative Guide to Buying, Preparing, and Cooking, With More Than 300 Recipes (Hardcover)

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James Peterson is an award-winning food writer, cookbook author, photographer, and cooking teacher. He is the author of 15 titles, includingBaking, Cooking, Meat, Kitchen Simple, and his first book,Sauces. He has been one of the country’s preeminent cooking instructors for more than twenty years and currently teaches at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York.
A master class on vegetables with award-winning cookbook author and renowned cooking instructor James Peterson

Have you ever purchased bundles of ingredients at the farmers’ market only to arrive home and wonder what on earth to do with your bag of fiddlehead ferns, zucchini flowers, bamboo shoots, or cactus pads? Treat yourself to an in-depth education withVegetables, acclaimed author and teacher James Peterson’s comprehensive guide to identifying, selecting, and preparing ninety-five vegetables—from amaranth to zucchini—along with information on dozens of additional varieties and cultivars.

Peterson’s classical French training and decades of teaching experience inform his impeccable presentation of every vegetable preparation technique and cooking method. You’ll begin by stemming, seeding, peeling, chopping, slicing, dicing, mincing, crushing, and pureeing, then explore less familiar but no-less-useful skills such as turning turnips, charring chile peppers, and frenching French green beans. Once the prepping is complete, Peterson explains the intricacies of the many methods for cooking each vegetable, from the most straightforward boiling, braising, steaming, and stir-frying techniques, to the more elaborate and flavor intense grilling, glazing, roasting, sauteing, and deep-frying. The text is further enhanced with handsome full-color photography and useful extras, like time-saving workarounds, tips on seasonal purchasing, storage recommendations, and suggestions for kitchen tools you’ll really use.

Woven in with the fundamentals is Peterson’s collection of some 300 recipes that showcase the versatility of vegetables in both familiar and unexpected ways. He offers dozens of refreshing salads; plenty of soups and rich, flavorful stews; crowd-pleasing casseroles and pastas; soul-comforting gratins and risottos; and perfect, hand-crafted gnocchi. There are some surprises, as well. For instance, the hardworking cabbage is pickled, potted, steamed, stir-fried, stuffed, and slawed, but when it appears in theCabbage Potee with Braised Duck Legs, it is transformed into a black-tie entree. TheBaked Morels Stuffed with Foie Gras is an unapologetically upscale variation on basic stuffed mushrooms, and in his iconicEggplant Parmesan, Peterson confesses to changing the recipe every time he makes it—and urges you to do the same!

So the next time you spot some salsify at the farmers’ market, don’t be daunted—buy some and give theArtichoke, Morel, and Salisfy Salad a chance. If tender little broccolini show up in your neighborhood grocer’s, be sure to try the savory-sweetBroccolini with Pancetta, Anchovies, and Raisins. And when your fifth backyard bumper crop of summer tomatoes has your family longing for take-out after weeks of tomato soup, tomato salads, and tomato sauces, bring them back to the table withTwice-Baked Garlic and Tomato Souffles. Whether you’re an iconoclastic cook looking to broaden your culinary horizons, or a tradition-minded home chef hoping to polish your prep skills while expanding your repertoire,Vegetables will become your essential go-to reference.

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ISBN 9781607740261
Genre COOKING / Specific Ingredients / Vegetables
Format Hardcover
Pages 391
Publisher Date 2012-03-27 00:00:00.0
Publisher Ten Speed Pr
Copyright Year 2012
Height 10.25 in
Wdth 8.5 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 3.18 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Most Authoritative Guide to Buying, Preparing, and Cooking, With More Than 300 Recipes
Edition Detail Revised
Audience General/trade
Authors Peterson, James
Country of Origin United States

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