Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1st edition (October 18, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.4 x 10.3 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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This book is the most useful cookbook I own - mostly because it is not a cookbook in the traditional sense. Anyone can follow a recipe, but what many people don't know how to do is select the freshest, ripest, in-season produce to use as ingredients in that recipe. The produce section of this book alone makes it worth every penny I spent. Unless you shop exclusively at farmers' markets, it is difficult to know the seasonal differences in produce because of the tendency of grocery stores to stock things year round (think strawberries in winter). For some fruits and vegetables it is obvious - stone fruits in summer, citrus in winter, etc. But with others it isn't as clear - for example, I always thought brussels sprouts were winter vegetables, to be eaten with reckless abandon any time from mid-fall through early-spring; but it turns out they are best eaten in October and November because they get tougher and more bitter later in the season. It is so important to select seasonally appropriate produce for multiple reasons. First, taste - if you've ever eaten a "fresh" tomato in December, you know that out of season produce tastes awful. And second, I don't know that I necessarily want to buy off-season grapes that were grown in Chile (where they spray pesticides more heavily), harvested before they were ripe (to compensate for how long they take to get to their final destination), and then flown thousands of miles to get to my local grocery store. These grapes are going to end up costing a fortune, impacting my health and the health of the planet negatively, and tasting, at best, mediocre.
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