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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Reading Vegetables

I know many page turners have been busy in their gardens so I wanted to share a very special book with you; Vegetables From Amaranth to Zucchini by Elizabeth Schneider.

Amazon describes the book this way; “Vegetables From Amaranth to Zucchini: The Essential Reference is at once an encyclopedia, a produce market manual, and a treasure trove of recipes. With produce specialist Elizabeth Schneider as your guide, take a seed-to-table voyage with more than 350 vegetables, both exotic and common. Discover lively newcomers to the North American cornucopia and rediscover classic favorites in surprising new guises.

In this timely reference, Elizabeth Schneider divulges the secrets of the vegetable kingdom, sharing a lifetime of scholarly sleuthing and culinary experience. In her capable hands, unfamiliar vegetables such as amaranth become as familiar as zucchini -- while zucchini turns out to be more intriguing than you ever imagined.

Each encyclopedic entry includes a full-color identification photo, common and botanical names, and an engaging vegetable "biography" that distills the knowledge of hundreds of authorities in dozens of fields -- scientists, growers, produce distributors, and chefs among them.

Practical sections describe availability, selection, storage, preparation, and basic general use. Finally, the author's fresh contemporary recipes reveal the essence of each vegetable and a culinary sensibility that food magazine and cookbook readers have trusted for thirty years. Each entry concludes with a special "Pros Propose" section -- spectacularly innovative recipes suggested by professional chefs.

Vegetables From Amaranth to Zucchini: The Essential Reference is an indispensable resource for home cooks, food professionals, gardeners, information seekers, and anyone who simply enjoys good reading.”

Even I, who cannot grow a carrot, am fascinated by this book. It is beautifully done and full of incredible information.

I would also add, that here in Libraryland we have an extensive cookbook collection.  It is time to fire up your grills and turn on your stoves as we begin to bring a tasty harvest home.  

Give us a buzz tomorrow, 10A-4P @ 518-568-7822, and reserve Vegetables From A to Z for curbside pickup.  If you would like us to add in cookbooks, or the most recent copy of the Food Network magazine, you have but to ask. 

PS:  The always popular Nora Roberts has arrived at 19 Kingsbury with her newest Hideaway.  Joining her on the shelf are James Patterson’s Hush and Blindspot as well as David Baldacci’s Walk the Wire.  
Miss Marge and I keep calling the Baldacci book Walk the Line then we remember and laugh that’s the Johnny Cash song!  

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