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Eat This

5 Vegetable-Focused Cookbooks to Make the Most of Your CSA Haul

Eat This BY jane gauger 11/11/2016

 

Marcia Patmos spends a year traveling the globe, so when she does get time to kick back at her Brooklyn pad, home-cooking is a huge priority. “When I’m on the road I end up eating at restaurants or picking up food quite a bit, so I try to use my kitchen when I can,” she says. “The upside to all that eating out is I get tons of ideas to take back.” But when she needs a little instruction, the (mostly) vegetarian designer of classic, Jackie O.-worthy coats and slouchily chic scarves turns to a worn-in collection of cookbooks—let’s dig into them with her, shall we?

 

1. SUNDAYS AT MOOSEWOOD RESTAURANT BY MOOSEWOOD COLLECTIVE

“Post-college, when I first started to cook more than just pasta, this is the book that I used the most, and it still informs many of the things I make. Moosewood is one of the original co-op restaurants, in Ithaca, New York. All their books are very good, but this one specifically has lot of great vegetarian recipes from different ethnic regions.”

 

2. PLENTY: VIBRANT VEGETABLES RECIPES FROM LONDON’S OTTOLENGHI BY YOTAM OTTOLENGHI

“Another cookbook with delicious vegetable flavors and colors. I mainly use cookbooks to find new ways of cooking something and new combinations of flavors. This book is also is filled with beautiful pictures and inspiring ingredients.”

 

3. OFF THE SHELF: COOKING FROM THE PANTRY BY DONNA HAY

“This is full of so many easy, simple recipes. It’s great for using whatever is in your kitchen, like something in a can and some fresh ingredients, and making a real meal out of it. It has meat recipes, but you can easily leave it out of most dishes.”

 

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4. VEGETARIAN COOKING FOR EVERYONE BY DEBORAH MADISON

“This is one of those tomes, like Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything, that you can reference all the time. Let’s say you buy eggplant at the farmers’ market and you need ideas on how to cook it. You can pull this out and learn different ways to prepare it.”

 

5. A PLATTER OF FIGS AND OTHER RECIPES BY DAVID TANIS

“I love a good farmstand and definitely buy my produce this way. There are tons of chefs who work with this philosophy now who have great restaurants and cookbooks. David Tanis is a great example of that—he worked with Alice Waters and organizes the book by seasons, so it’s easy to know what to make when.”

 

EXTRA CREDIT

I also have several good books on healing foods that I do incorporate into my life and diet—Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford and Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, are two that I’ve found helpful.”

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