Vegetables Every Day

Vegetables Every Day cookbook

The definitive guide to buying and cooking today’s produce, with more than 350 recipes
Cookbook review

Though packed with information and recipes for dozens of different vegetables, Jack Bishop’s Vegetables Every Day is not quite vegetarian. Fortunately, that doesn’t prevent it from being an excellent source of meatless meals and inspiration.

The 66 sections of alphabetically organized vegetables and vegetable groups range from everyday foods like broccoli, carrots, eggplant, and potatoes, to more unusual fare like cardoon, kohlrabi, malanga, and salsify. Each chapter follows the same format:

  • Introduction
  • Common names
  • Seasonal availability
  • Selection – what to look for when shopping
  • Storage
  • Cooking methods
  • Recipes

The number of recipes varies; the bok choy chapter has just three recipes, while more common vegetables like bell peppers and tomatoes feature in at least a dozen apiece. To give you an idea, the chapter on zucchini and other summer squash offers a total of 16 recipes:

  1. Shredded zucchini with garlic and herbs (plus 2 variations)
  2. Sautéed zucchini with lemon and parsley (plus 3 variations)
  3. Grilled zucchini
  4. Zucchini fritters
  5. Zucchini and tomato gratin with pesto
  6. Zucchini "carpaccio" with parmesan and parsley
  7. Parmesan-crusted zucchini
  8. Zucchini, corn, and red pepper sauté
  9. Slow-sautéed pattypan squash with onion and parsley
  10. Beer-battered fried squash blossoms
  11. Pan-fried squash blossoms with cheese filling

This is a great book for when you feel like you’ve run out of ways to prepare a certain vegetable, or if you have no idea what to do with one you’ve just discovered.

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Also by Jack Bishop: The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook