Book Review | The Kitchen Garden Cookbook
Title: The Kitchen Garden Cookbook
Author: DK Publishing
About the Book:
Featuring delicious seasonal recipes to help make the best use of homegrown produce, The Kitchen Garden Cookbook is packed with imaginative, inspiring ideas to turn your beautiful bounty into delicious dishes. With techniques and expert advice to help you harvest, preserve, and prepare your crops successfully, The Kitchen Garden Cookbook is the fruit-and-vegetable-grower’s perfect kitchen companion.
The Kitchen Garden Cookbook is a wealth of recipes for people who love their veggies! Though we don’t have a vegetable garden, we do frequent our local farmer’s market on Fridays to pick up fresh veggies. I usually stick to my “tried and true” veggies, but I think it’s time I give some new veggies a try. This is coming from a person who didn’t even eat vegetables till age 20! Now I I just can’t get enough and eat salads almost every day.
The cookbook is divided into four main sections: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. In each category, you will find the veggies in season and a variety of recipes to try. There’s over 200 recipes including soups, entrees, salads and even desserts. At the end of each season, they list out techniques that are normally done in that season. For instance, in Summer you can find information on freezing vegetables, making pickles, relish, freezer jam and more. I’ve always wanted to make my own pickles. My Grandma June used to make her own dill pickles and they were the best tasting pickle I’ve ever tried.
I also appreciated the gardening info provided for each specific vegetable. They tell you when to pick, how to eat and store, how to preserve and freeze. I probably won’t be planting a garden anytime soon, but it’s good info to have if I ever decide to make one.
I selected a recipe from the Winter chapter to try. Yes, I know it’s not winter, but I love broccoli and the picture in the book looked so good! I had to try it. Meet Spicy Spaghetti with Broccoli!
It was very simple and light and consisted of broccoli (of course), lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, green onions, and chile flakes for the heat. I ate two servings…it was delicious! Next time, I’ll try it with whole wheat pasta and see how it tastes.
We’ll be hitting up the Farmer’s Market again on Friday and I plan to buy a vegetable that I haven’t tried before and make a recipe from this cookbook. It should be interesting to see how it goes!
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