The Book of Greens

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Louis, Jenn. With Squires, Kathleen. The Book of Greens: A Cook’s Compendium. New York, NY: Ten Speed Press Publishing. 2017.

SUMMARY:
With the purpose of bringing new greens into everyday meals, chef Jenn Louis takes the mystery and anxiety of new vegetables out of the forefront by explaining the nutrition, history, seasonality, and usage ease of many greens. Paired with 175 new recipes, an alphabetical index, scattered photographs, and tons of inspiration, The Book of Greens is a reference guide for the home cook.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Already receiving notice this book was about to debut, I couldn’t wait to use it during the beginning of Farmer’s Market season. Trying to break out of the usual vegetable and greens groove, this beautiful and useful cookbook will definitely help me reach that goal. Full of everyday items and ingredients, this encyclopedia-type book is as interesting and charismatic as it is beneficial and valuable. Absolutely a book I will refer to repeatedly, my family can look forward to new entrees, sides and desserts centered around delicious greens.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Book of Greens from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

Inspiralize Everything

Maffucci, Ali. Inspiralize Everything: An Apples-to-Zucchini Encyclopedia of Spiralizing. New York, NY: Clarkson potter/ Publishers. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
With the focus on turning vegetables into delicious meals, Inspiralize Everything takes everyday vegetables and spiralizes them into creative, healthy dinners. With an entire book devoted to using and cooking with the spiralizer, different vegetables are sorted alphabetically and coupled with clean-eating recipes. As the award winning blogger and author of Inspiralize, Ali Maffucci continues her quest for healthy, hearty and inspirational meals.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Again, another wonderful spiralizer cookbook packed full of beautiful photographs, easy to follow directions and palate-pleasing ideas for fresh and healthful fare. Enjoying this current cookbook even better than the author’s previous one, I especially like the included vegetables and their categorizations. The recipes using the spiralized vegetables are not only delectable, but also doable. With recipes such as Spicy Cabbage and Carrot Detox Soup, and Pear, Pomegranate and Roast Turkey Salad, as well as Sun-Dried Tomato, Chicken and Broccoli Pasta, there is sure to be something for everyone in an easily accessible manner.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Inspiralize Everything from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

The Broad Fork

Acheson, Hugh. Allen, Rinne (Photography). The Broad Fork: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits. NY: Clarkson Potter/ Publishers. 2015.

SUMMARY:
broadforkBorn of a neighbor’s question on what to do with kohlrabi, along with a desire to live and support locally, chef Hugh Acheson tackles and shares many recipes for regionally grown vegetables and fruits. Usually with three simpler recipes for each item as well as a more complex and detailed recipe, The Broad Fork encompasses vegetables and fruits generally found at farmer’s markets, ingredients readily available, but also some more obscure items, all making for an interesting and educational opportunity. Gorgeous photographs accompany most recipes with easy to understand and follow directions, set up according to seasons.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Stunning! Not only wonderful as a cookbook but beautiful as a coffee table book too! Though I do not plan on using each recipe (due to availability, taste and time), there are several, no actually many, recipes which I will utilize often. Running to the farmer’s market upon receiving and opening this book, just the concept of eating more vegetables and fruits, especially in new and creative manners, is exciting! (Slow-cooker apple butter, chilled avocado soup, radish and cucumber sandwiches are a few of the favorites…so far!) Excellent to give as a gift or for personal use, this cookbook will grace my counter frequently. Bon appetit!!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Broad Fork from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

Inspiralized

Maffucci, Ali. Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals. NY: Clarkson Potter/ Publishers. 2015.

SUMMARY:
inspiralizedClean eating takes on a whole new look in Inspiralized. Turning ordinary vegetables, and even fruits, into pasta-tasting meals full of nutrition, Ali Maffucci shares her skills, recipes, knowledge and inspiration. Using the newest cooking craze, spiraling, this creative cookbook takes healthy to a new form…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Interested in this new technique, as well as referred to the book by a fellow-friend-blogger, Inspiralized makes eating healthy and clean a new venture, with room to personalize.   Though new to some of the ingredients and combinations, I am intrigued enough to try them.  Though skeptical of the pasta-tasting creations at first, I am now convinced of this trend, especially as a novel way to eat more vegetables. Full of recipes, pictures, personal stories and easily followed directions, this book may not be for everyone but is definitely worth a try. With a tool to spiralize, from expensive gadgets to affordable tools, the recipes are attainable, tweak-able, and actually quite enjoyable.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Inspiralized from Blogging for Books for my honest review*

The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden

Newcomb, Karen. The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden: Grow Tons of Organic Vegetables in Tiny Spaces and Containers. USA: Ten Speed Press. 2015.

SUMMARY:
gardenThe best-selling guide on gardening productively in small spaces is now completely revised and updated.  Be those tiny spaces a garden plot or container, Karen Newcomb shares how to plan your garden, ready the ground and soil, when and how to plant/ water, which vegetables and herbs to pick, how plants get along and controlling pests and diseases. With extended knowledge and information on the many different types of each vegetable, including maturation, color and taste of vegetable, difference between varieties and the seed source, The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden is worthy of all levels of gardeners.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
With a healthier lifestyle popular now, a push for local produce, new cooking habits and my own recent review of Salad Love, how could I not review and utilize a book on gardening? Just flipping through the book, I learned so much about the assortment of vegetables, new ideas for my cooking (ingredients to try), and how to plant and maintain my own fruitful garden. With specific yet variable directions, most anyone could grow a prolific garden of vegetables and herbs with the help of this book (including me). Revised and updated with very useful information, I truly will use, share and reference this book often in the planning of my garden. Now, if only the weather would cooperate…

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden from Blogging for Books for my honest review*