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Eating from the Ground Up : Recipes for Simple, Perfect Vegetables
by Alana Chernila


Overview - Vegetables keep secrets, and to prepare them well, we need to know how to coax those secrets out.

"What is the best way to eat a radish?" Alana Chernila hears this sort of question all the time. Arugula, celeriac, kohlrabi, fennel, asparagus--whatever the vegetable may be, people always ask how to prepare it so that the produce really shines.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Vegetables keep secrets, and to prepare them well, we need to know how to coax those secrets out.

"What is the best way to eat a radish?" Alana Chernila hears this sort of question all the time. Arugula, celeriac, kohlrabi, fennel, asparagus--whatever the vegetable may be, people always ask how to prepare it so that the produce really shines. Although there are countless ways to eat our vegetables, there are a few perfect ways to make each vegetable sing.
With more than 100 versatile recipes, Eating from the Ground Up teaches you how to showcase the unique flavor and texture of each vegetable, truly bringing out the best in every root and leaf. The answers lie in smart techniques and a light touch. Here are dishes so simple and quick that they feel more intuitive than following a typical recipe; soups for year-round that are packed with nourishment; ideas for maximizing summer produce; hearty fall and winter foods that are all about comfort; impressive dishes fit for a party; and tips like knowing there's not one vegetable that doesn't perk up with a sprinkle of salt. No matter the vegetable, the central lesson is: don't mess with a good thing.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780451494993
  • ISBN-10: 0451494997
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers
  • Publish Date: February 2018
  • Page Count: 272
  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.25 pounds


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Cooking: Eat your vegetables

Plant-based eating is in, as more of us are incorporating more veggies into our everyday meals than ever before. Cookbook author and blogger Alana Chernila wants to celebrate this happy, healthy turn of events with a collection of recipes that brings out “the best in each root and leaf.” The result, Eating from the Ground Up, is for everyone—omnivores included. Chernila’s goal is to show us how to make each vegetable shine in all its glory, without disguises or fussy prep. Sometimes, she suggests, it’s knowing the little tricks that can highlight what’s best in a vegetable, and sometimes it’s knowing when to leave well enough alone—sprinkle tamari and sesame oil over quickly steamed baby bok choy, braise cabbage in an inch of water with a knob of butter, roast all the ingredients for Tomato and Vegetable Soup on one baking sheet to deepen the flavor, or combine raw corn kernels with nectarines or peaches and a squeeze of lime juice for a sensational summer salad. Easy and elegant, these 100 recipes will bring the pleasure of plants to your table all year-round.

POTLUCK PERFECT
“What can I bring?” is what we usually say when invited to a food-focused gathering, be it a summer picnic, a graduation celebration, a backyard barbecue or a birthday bash. A little edible outsourcing can be a big help when you’re hosting a gathering, and it’s a fun way to contribute as a guest. But no one wants to face six salads, each soggy in its own way. Ali Rosen, potluck maven par excellence, helps you avoid such dining disasters in Bring It!: Tried and True Recipes for Potlucks and Casual Entertaining. She shares her enthusiasm, her expertise in organizing meals and her “aspirational, attainable” recipes that make a multidish event practical and pleasing. Everything you need is here, from easy appetizers to no-bake desserts, plus vital advice on the nitty-gritty of menu planning—“an orchestrated dance of different cooks,” if you’re the host—making food ahead, transporting your delicious dish, reheating and much more. Potluck party or covered-dish dinner? Bring it on!

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This article was originally published in the March 2018 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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