Monday, November 11, 2013


Deborah Madison is one of America's leading vegetarian cooks. She's the author of several wonderful cookbooks but her latest, called Vegetable Literacy, is a tour de force. In this book she looks at the relationships between vegetables, flowers, herbs, and even some wild plants. She too is an avid gardener and her recipes reflect that fact.  Recipes like tarragon mayonnaise with orange zest, mushrooms stuffed with caramelized onions and blue cheese, buttermilk skillet cornbread with heirloom flint cornmeal, and zucchini logs simmered in olive oil with onions and chard are just some of the offerings.  I've always found Deborah Madison's books to be a little intimidating in that some of the ingredients are very hard to find but the book is worth it just to read about the various vegetables, fruits and grains and their properties. I'm sure it will make a great winters read when snow is piled around the door.

Until next time, stay warm and get cooking,.

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