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Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes

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From the author of more than 10 cookbooks comes this comprehensive guide and collection of recipes using root vegetables. Discover the fascinating history and lore of 29 major roots, their nutritional content, how to buy and store them, and much more, from the familiar (beets, carrots, potatoes) to the unfamiliar (jicama, salsify, malanga) to the practically unheard of (ca ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published September 26th 2012 by Chronicle Books (first published September 14th 2012)
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Sam (Sarah)
Feb 24, 2013 Sam (Sarah) rated it it was ok
Shelves: food
I was really excited to get this book from the library after waiting for it for a while. My first impression is one of disappointment. As someone who works to eat seasonally, I was thinking this book would make for a fantastic winter treat. However, my first impression is that it reads dry: Diane Morgan tells you to wear gloves while working with beets, and to peel pretty much everything - tiny details I know, but the indicate the lack of juice I want in a cooking guide. Additionally, there is l ...more
Jan 16, 2016 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I originally checked this book out of the library. I was impressed enough to purchase my own copy shortly thereafter. I've made several recipes so far, and they have all been successful.

I especially like the way the book is formatted. The author starts out with a short description of each root veggie (where it's from, what it should look, taste, and smell like). Next is a simple recipe, such as roasting with butter or oil. After that comes the more complicated recipes. The simple recipes are us
Feb 15, 2014 Ruth rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks
I really wish I’d gotten this out of the library first. I liked the introduction to each of the different vegetables. Some of them are things I’m not likely to see any time soon at my local organic food store or farmers’ market, but maybe someday I will.

My problem with the book is that only a small fraction of the recipes made me think “I want to make that!” Some recipes call for ingredients that I'd have to buy for that recipe but then wouldn't use again. Others call for sugar or honey and I'm
Debra Daniels-zeller
Apr 30, 2013 Debra Daniels-zeller rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, food
Filled with beautiful photos and intriguing recipes, if you want to know about all roots, this is definitely the book to check out. I liked the food pictures, and the information was well organized and well written. I learned about vegetables I'd never eaten before. And I found out about so many odd roots like crosne, galangal, lotus root, salsify and taro root,and sure I might like to try them, but they aren't likely to become staples in my kitchen any time soon. For one thing, these odd roots ...more
Jack Loop
Aug 25, 2014 Jack Loop rated it really liked it
I liked it. It forced me to think differently about the roots I see in the stores around me. I'm a curious fellow and I tried a few of the suggested recipes and it opened me up to some new possibilities.

I read some of the critics of the book. It is text heavy but a good read. I read every page and enjoyed it. Lot's of great ideas.
Feb 07, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Incredible. Inspiring! So many cultures represented; Morgan makes humble root vegetables into exciting, intriguing culinary stars. My meal plan this week is chock-full of roots, including some I've never cooked with before-- fresh turmeric, burdock, taro. Highly recommended.
Oct 06, 2012 Dominica rated it liked it
If you're a fan of root vegetables like me, and if you look forward to the fall and digging out your potatoes, carrots, parsnips, rutabagas and beets from your garden, then this is the cookbook for you. Diane Morgan has collected some classic recipes like Borscht, Latkes, Twice Baked Potatoes and put an innovative twist on each. But what really sets this book apart are the recipes that introduce you to exotic roots like Burdock, Lotus Root, Taro and Yuca to name just a few. These, together with ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Phoebe rated it liked it
"Read?" No, more like browsed. I appreciated the sheer breadth of recipes -roots done straight, roots complimenting meat, roots baked goods, roots as sweets. As this was a library book (tome?), I couldn't finish reading it during my allotted six weeks. One thing that bothered me was the Euro-focus/slant. Asian roots were mentioned, but Africa, big as it is, was mostly missing from the conversation here (other than the briefest nod to the yam.) I found the omission particularly odd since in the U ...more
Jul 27, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
A very thorough introduction and glimpse into all kinds of root vegetables, including some I had never heard of like crosne, malanga, and celery root. I liked that she included when it’s seasonally available (especially important if you’ve never heard of it but are interested in trying it). I liked that she gave the different names for the roots in many different countries, which is helpful for me in regards to Asian varieties and because even the British word for certain root vegetable is not t ...more
Nov 19, 2013 Rachael rated it liked it
This is a decent cookbook- it's definitely a good one to pick up during the winter months when trying to eat local. I made a couple of the rutabaga recipes, the celery root soup and sweet potato fries - they all turned out pretty good especially the farro, rutabaga and hazelnut salad. I don't think I would buy this though because many of the root vegetables are obscure and hard to find. I was also hoping for more from the radish section as that's something we get a lot of in our CSA that I'm des ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Martha rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, cook-books
Great recipes for variety of root vegetables from andean tubers to yuca.
Jun 02, 2013 LemontreeLime rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
My stars! This woman is a walking encyclopedia of the underground edible kingdom! I just thought it would be interesting to peruse, but it ended up, well, fascinating. And the recipes themselves, don't get me started on the recipes. I've already got the 'Suneeta's Potato Chaat' dialed up on my grocery list for the week, and several others laying in wait behind that one. The radish chapter alone will make your stomach cry out in sheer longing, and the sweet potato chapter is also as enticing. Ama ...more
Dec 29, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful cookbook and my first attempt at reading/using a cookbook via Kindle. I don't think I like it; I like to have the book there on the counter while I am cooking and the Kindle turns off!

The book is beautifully written with background information on common and not so common root vegetables and recipes that are gourmet-like but without unusual or hard to find ingredients.

As both a gardener and the primary cook, I highly recommend this book - but buy as a hardback!

Ricardo Marcos
Apr 13, 2013 Ricardo Marcos rated it really liked it
This book is recommended for readers interested in having new options of uncommon ingredients. It is a new territory that can lead to valuable knowledge of ingredients that are neglected by amateurs and professionals. The nutritional benefits of the ingredients in the book, 'Roots', justify the purchase of a copy. Very informative, well written and composed. It is not a popular 'theme', and one may question, but it is worthy the money for what you get from it!
Jan 12, 2014 Tim rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
PARBOILED BURDOCK ROOT! seriously, this cookbook is amazing if you live in alaska and need 225 recipes for tubers and corms. it's actually very well written, organized by root, and there are straightforward, take-home ideas here. would get five stars if only she hadn't written about root vegetables.
Jun 26, 2015 Marie rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This seems to be a good reference for serious cooks who enjoy working with unusual foods, herbs, and seasonings. Many of the supporting ingredients are a bit sophisticated, not just the roots (e.g. dark rum, Asian fish sauce, dashi granules, mirin, Wasabi paste, anchovy fillets). For me as a busy Mom with fairly fussy kids, not much caught my eye. I think I'm just not enough of a cook for this book.
Jul 04, 2013 Susie rated it really liked it
We've tried two recipes out of this book at they've both been amazing. I really like that they cover winter vegetables that I normally have know idea what to do with (turnips?). This is one to add to the cookbook collection.

Tried and loved:
Panfried Trout with roasted Radishes and radish green salsa verde
Farfalle Pasta with turnips and their greens
Oct 28, 2014 Mark marked it as skimmed
Shelves: from-library, cookery
ked at DPLs copy and could be very useful. Put on Amazon wishlist.
Jun 28, 2013 Mia rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
I'd never heard of some of these roots, but that's probably the point! There are a variety of recipes here, from sweet to savory and everything in between. There are also great photos of each root.
Nov 22, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: aadl, cookery, reference
This book is wonderful. Definitely on my to buy list for reference. And the recipes are novel and innovative. It is a great book for the gardener or the root veggie lover.
Mar 02, 2013 Hillary rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, books-that-cook
This is a gorgeous cookbook. Great recipes for all my farmer's market produce. Ideas on new ways to feed my beet addiction.
Jun 25, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
I like the eclectic nature of the recipes but lots of strange roots that would be difficult to get
Feb 28, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Excellent recipes for ingredients that are sometimes challenging to work with.
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is this the one, Natalie?
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