For all of you bibliophiles out there, you know exactly what this following sentence means: "The book itself was beautiful and stunning." That was my first reaction when I opened up The Book of Greens: A Cook's Compendium by Jenn Louis and Kathleen Squires. And this book fit a need in my life that I never realized existed. When I eat out, I try to get something green on my plate each time. I never realized how that green item as lettuce or spinach 99% of the time. This book is a cookbook that takes that notion of 'limited green options' and blows it up.
This book features incredible recipes using such greens as nettles, dock, cardoon, and fiddleheads. Have I heard of all of these? Absolutely not. But this book opened my culinary horizon so the next time I go to the grocery store and meal plan, I can try something new and exciting. The recipes are clearly laid out with gorgeous color photographs of the final product accompanying.
One of my favorite sections of the book is entitled "Pesto 101" and features a four step method to create homemade pesto. Under each step, it lists numerous options you can use, giving you hundreds of variations to make your own pesto. Other interesting areas include foreign recipes if you want to broaden your tastes.
The book itself is loaded with great information and definitely recommended for any amateur or expert chefs. Or if you're just like me, for anyone who wants to mix it up a bit.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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