Vegetable Basics: 84 Recipes Illustrated Step by Step

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The My Cooking Class Series takes a refreshing approach to learning the art of home cooking. The recipes are presented in complete visual sequences from start to finish, and every ingredient and every step is shown from above in full color so it's as true to life as possible — just like a real cooking course. Written instructions accompany each recipe, and specialized tasks, such as making homemade pasta, are clearly demonstrated. Variations, notes and glossaries are welcome ...

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Overview

The My Cooking Class Series takes a refreshing approach to learning the art of home cooking. The recipes are presented in complete visual sequences from start to finish, and every ingredient and every step is shown from above in full color so it's as true to life as possible — just like a real cooking course. Written instructions accompany each recipe, and specialized tasks, such as making homemade pasta, are clearly demonstrated. Variations, notes and glossaries are welcome additions to each "class."

My Cooking Class replicates a professional cooking course and will transform how home cooks learn to prepare dishes and meals. Every ingredient, pot, pan and tool is shown, not just described, making this new visual cookbook format deliciously simple.

Coming up with new ways to cook vegetables is a challenge, and the tastier and easier to prepare they are the better.
Vegetable Basics has an eclectic mix of satisfying recipes that will appeal to everyone, even those most dedicated to avoiding their greens.

The book is divided into:

  • Root vegetables and tubers
  • Vegetable-like fruits, such as tomatoes and avocados
  • Cabbages
  • Stalks and thistles, including asparagus, artichoke and fennel
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Leafy vegetables
  • Pod and seed vegetables
  • Desserts

The tasty, satisfying recipes include:

  • Potato dauphinois
  • Carrot hummus
  • Beet and goat cheese salad
  • Indian vegetable curry
  • Gazpacho
  • Eggplant parmigiana
  • Guacamole
  • Braised fennel
  • Mushroom risotto
  • Shallots au gratin
  • Arugula and coriander pesto
  • Pea soup with ham
  • Greek braised beans
  • Corn and chicken soup
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Chocolate zucchini cake
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Mark Knolbach
Current nutritional wisdom advocates substantially increasing the quantity of vegetables in one's daily diet in order to promote sound health. Vassallo has assembled dozens of straightforward and intelligent recipes that will encourage those intimidated by vegetable cookery to overcome their qualms and serve up tasty and reasonably healthy food. Recipes range from simple guacamole to sophisticated butternut-squash ravioli. Crumbled feta cheese enriches zucchini fritters and may make even zucchini-haters look forward to the summer harvest. Vegetarian here doesn't always mean totally meat-free cooking. A split-pea soup includes a big smoked pork hock. Chinese pot stickers have ground pork for flavor and Napa cabbage for texture. Recipes are easy to follow and include metric measurements as well as those familiar to American cooks. The clear, bright colors of the photography and the careful layout that mark this series stand out in this volume.
Ottawa Citizen - Byron Eade
This is a series by various authors with complete (and I mean complete) step-by-step and how-to colour photos to describe every conceivable step in every conceivable process. Each with 70 to 97 recipes. These books are extremely clear in presentation, right down to photos of egg yolks (with every other ingredient) so you don't accidentally reach for, say, Palmolive dishwashing soup when you should be making Bearnaise sauce. Some might think the series is too dumbed-down but, at only $25 a copy, I think these books are perfect for entry-level cooks who want to move beyond Kraft Dinner to discover that homemade lasagna does not always have to be made with dried gypsum board. I'd be tempted to give the whole set as a gift to the right person.
Battle Creek Enquirer - James Sanford
This series includes books on Pasta, Vegetable, Chocolate, Sauce, Steaming, Middle Eastern, and Indian Basics. Each book includes 60-100 recipes, each with not just an image of the finished product, but photos of every step. Perfect for the family chef, foodie, or cookbook collector.
Library Journal
Owing to the popularity of food-focused TV programming, the effective arrangement of the "My Cooking Class" series (which also includes Steaming, Chocolate, Middle Eastern, and Pasta Basics) will have you wondering why it has taken cookbooks so long to get visual. Beyond a one-page preface, an ingredient index, and concisely measured instructions, you won't find much text here, but this does not mean the books lack detail. Each recipe is pictured step-by-step with the crisply reductive clarity of a minimalist still life. Vassallo (coauthor, The Diabetes Everyday Cookbook) identifies all sorts of roots, stalks, leaves, pods, and seeds and serves up a fusion of ethnic recipes, from Onion Flan and Panzanella to Tzatziki and Chocolate Zucchini Cake. Black (Sugar & Spice) moves beyond the classic sauces to illustrate prep techniques for salad dressings, condiments, foams, and sweet dessert sauces such as coulis and creams, then puts them to purpose with recipes like Roast Beef with Apple Horseradish Sauce, Whole-Wheat Spaghetti Arrabiata, and Crepes with Caramel and Whipped Cream. VERDICT This series of stripped-down pictorials worth a thousand words is the missing link between elementally vague text-based cookbooks and video instruction you can't slow down enough or take into the kitchen. Elegant design you can't help but devour. Highly recommended for all experience levels.—Ben Malczewski, Ypsilanti Dist. Lib., MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554077601
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/7/2010
  • Series: My Cooking Class Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jody Vassalo is passionate about travel and food, and she is the author of over 25 books.

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