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A master class on vegetables with award-winning cookbook author and renowned cooking instructor James Peterson

 

Have you ever purchased bundles of ingredients at the farmers’ market only to arrive home and wonder what on earth to do with your bag of fiddlehead ferns, zucchini flowers, bamboo shoots, or cactus pads? Treat yourself to an in-depth education with Vegetables, acclaimed author and teacher James Peterson’s comprehensive guide to identifying, selecting, and preparing ninety-five vegetables—from amaranth to zucchini—along with information on dozens of additional varieties and cultivars. 

 

Peterson’s classical French training and decades of teaching experience inform his impeccable presentation of every vegetable preparation technique and cooking method. You’ll begin by stemming, seeding, peeling, chopping, slicing, dicing, mincing, crushing, and pureeing, then explore less familiar but no-less-useful skills such as turning turnips, charring chile peppers, and frenching French green beans. Once the prepping is complete, Peterson explains the intricacies of the many methods for cooking each vegetable, from the most straightforward boiling, braising, steaming, and stir-frying techniques, to the more elaborate and flavor intense grilling, glazing, roasting, sautéing, and deep-frying. The text is further enhanced with handsome full-color photography and useful extras, like time-saving workarounds, tips on seasonal purchasing, storage recommendations, and suggestions for kitchen tools you’ll really use.

 

Woven in with the fundamentals is Peterson’s collection of some 300 recipes that showcase the versatility of vegetables in both familiar and unexpected ways. He offers dozens of refreshing salads; plenty of soups and rich, flavorful stews; crowd-pleasing casseroles and pastas; soul-comforting gratins and risottos; and perfect, hand-crafted gnocchi. There are some surprises, as well. For instance, the hardworking cabbage is pickled, potted, steamed, stir-fried, stuffed, and slawed, but when it appears in the Cabbage Potée with Braised Duck Legs, it is transformed into a black-tie entrée. The Baked Morels Stuffed with Foie Gras is an unapologetically upscale variation on basic stuffed mushrooms, and in his iconic Eggplant Parmesan, Peterson confesses to changing the recipe every time he makes it—and urges you to do the same!

 

So the next time you spot some salsify at the farmers’ market, don’t be daunted—buy some and give the Artichoke, Morel, and Salisfy Salad a chance. If tender little broccolini show up in your neighborhood grocer’s, be sure to try the savory-sweet Broccolini with Pancetta, Anchovies, and Raisins. And when your fifth backyard bumper crop of summer tomatoes has your family longing for take-out after weeks of tomato soup, tomato salads, and tomato sauces, bring them back to the table with Twice-Baked Garlic and Tomato Soufflés. Whether you’re an iconoclastic cook looking to broaden your culinary horizons, or a tradition-minded home chef hoping to polish your prep skills while expanding your repertoire, Vegetables will become your essential go-to reference.

Synopsis:

An updated, expanded, full-color edition of James Peterson’s comprehensive guide to selecting, storing, preparing, and cooking more than 60 vegetables, for both vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

James Peterson is a culinary treasure, and in his trademark authoritative, yet approachable style, he demystifies a fundamental but all too often confounding area of cooking: vegetables. This fully revised and expanded new edition of the James Beard Award-winning classic walks readers through shopping, storing, and step-by-step instructions for preparing vegetables, both familiar and exotic. Whether it’s a bright and crisp fennel salad, delicately prepared fresh water chestnuts, or a rich and satisfying squash gratin, in Peterson’s hands vegetables are more captivating and enticing than ever.

About the Author

James Peterson is an award-winning food writer, cookbook author, photographer, and cooking teacher. He is the author of 15 titles, including Baking, Cooking, Meat, Kitchen Simple, and his first book, Sauces. He has been one of the country’s preeminent cooking instructors for more than twenty years and currently teaches at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction   vi

 

Part I  1

Skills for Preparing and Cooking Vegetables

 

Knife skills   2

 

Methods of Cooking   9

 

Making Salads   37

 

Making Gratins and Casseroles   51

 

Making Stews   56

 

Making Soups   63

 

Making pasta, Gnocchi, and Risottos   80

 

Making Pureed Vegetables   90

 

Part II

The Vegetables: A to Z

 

appendix   360

Butters and Sauces

Broths and Concentrated broths

Index   378

 

Acknowledgments   391

Product Details

ISBN:
9781607740261
Author:
Peterson, James
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Subject:
Vegetables
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Culinary Reference
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Vegetables General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
500 FULL-COLOR PHOTOS
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
10.27 x 8.38 x 1.19 in 3.2 lb

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"Synopsis" by , An updated, expanded, full-color edition of James Peterson’s comprehensive guide to selecting, storing, preparing, and cooking more than 60 vegetables, for both vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

James Peterson is a culinary treasure, and in his trademark authoritative, yet approachable style, he demystifies a fundamental but all too often confounding area of cooking: vegetables. This fully revised and expanded new edition of the James Beard Award-winning classic walks readers through shopping, storing, and step-by-step instructions for preparing vegetables, both familiar and exotic. Whether it’s a bright and crisp fennel salad, delicately prepared fresh water chestnuts, or a rich and satisfying squash gratin, in Peterson’s hands vegetables are more captivating and enticing than ever.

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