This is the time of year when the Burpee catalogues start showing up in mailboxes and fantasies for the Best Ever Summer Garden start running wild. Wether you're an old hat at this game or excited to plant your first garden, the Sunset Edible Garden Cookbook
is a good resource. It goes vegetable by vegetable and fruit by fruit, helping you plan your perfect garden, and when the time is ripe, all of your meals from it, too.
• Who wrote it: The Editors of Sunset Magazine
• Who published it: Oxmoor House
• Number of recipes: About 180
• Recipes for right now: Asian Greens and Tofu Soup, Gorgonzola and Radicchio Risotto, Pappardelle with Chicken and Winter Greens, Lamb Stew with Roasted Red Peppers, Molten Cheese Gnocchi, Whole Wheat Lasagna with Butternut Squash and Kale
• Other highlights: This is one of those books that is equal parts resource and cookbook. Each chapter focuses on a different vegetable or fruit, giving you descriptions of a few varieties, tips for growing and harvesting, and then common ways to cook them. Following this basic information are a handful of tasty recipes that run the gamut from familiar comfort food to spicy Asian stir fries.
It's not really a gardening book, so don't rely on this as your only gardening resource or think that you need your own garden to use it fully. This is a good one for anyone who tends to eat seasonally or has a CSA, and could use more ideas for dinner — and really, who can't use a few more ideas for dinner?!
• Who would enjoy this book? Cooks with gardens or CSAs, people wanting to eat more seasonally, people wanting more ideas for cooking with fruits and vegetables.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Sunset Edible Garden Cookbook
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