Author(s): Deborah Madison
"Destined to become the new standard reference for cooking vegetables, Vegetable Literacyshows cooks that, because of their shared characteristics, vegetables within the same family can be used interchangeably in cooking. It presents an entirely new way of looking at vegetables, drawing on Madison's deep knowledge of cooking, gardening, and botany. For example, knowing that dill, chervil, cumin, parsley, coriander, anise, lovage, and caraway come from the umbellifer family makes it clear why they're such a good match for carrots, also an umbel. With 150 classic and exquisitely simple recipes, Madison brings this wealth of information together in dishes that highlight a world of complementary flavors. Griddled Artichokes with Tarragon Mayonnaise, Tomato Soup with Cilantro and Saffron Rice, Savory Buckwheat Crepes with Mushrooms and Sorrel Sauce, and Fresh Peas with Sage on Baked Ricotta showcase combinations that are simultaneously familiar and revelatory."
"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
DEBORAH MADISON is the author of eleven cookbooks and is well known for her simple, seasonal, vegetable-based cooking. She got her start in the San Francisco Bay Area at Chez Panisse before opening Greens, and has lived in New Mexico for the last twenty years. In addition to writing and teaching, she has served on the boards of Slow Food International Biodiversiy Committee, the Seed Savers Exchange, and the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance, among others. She is actively involved in issues of biodiversity, gardening, and sustainable agriculture.