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The Produce Bible: Essential Ingredient Information and More Than 200 Recipes for Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs & Nuts

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Anyone who has shopped in a farmers market knows the abundant glories of seasonal produce, from the deep, fruity notes of a sun-ripened tomato to the crisp, green snap of a just-harvested bean; from the intoxicating perfection of a ripe strawberry to the juicy sweetness of a hand-picked peach. Like a trip to the market, "The Produce Bible" brings together the best of natur ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Stewart, Tabori and Chang
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I'm really torn over this one: I like the idea, I like many of the recipes, & I like much of the ingredients.

I do not like that: it weighs a ton & it is paperback; some produce items have several recipes, some have one, several haven't any; there are very few photographs except of the piece of produce; and it is cumbersome to use....

Not to mention the fact (but I will) there was so much information that it was just overkill.... There just wasn't enough information on any one item.
How do you know which watermelon in the stack will taste best? This book will tell you - and answer any other questions you've ever had about virtually any type of produce, including nuts. It also gives delicious looking recipes for each type of produce. So if you come across something you've never cooked with you have no excuse not to give it a try.

This is one I intend to add to my kitchen cookbook collection.
I'll definitely be on the lookout for a secondhand copy of this book. The photography is gorgeous, and there are hundreds of recipes, along with selection and storage tips, for anything you might find at the farmer's market. Indispensable reference if you're trying to eat locally and seasonally but occasionally find yourself mystified by the produce offerings available and could use a little help in turning that strange-looking celeriac or tamarillo into a tasty meal.
Another good book for CSA research.

Each section covers a different fruit, vegetable, or herb, with suggestions on how to shop for them, how to prepare them, how to store them, and their culinary uses (i.e. which ingredients to prepare them with.)

Although extremely light on the recipes (one or two per item), I almost considered buying this one, because it's such a good reference tool.
This book is heavenly! Great recipes and fun to just look at over and over again. Full of historical factoids too, which really adds to the book for me. I wish there was a bit more information on the health benefits of each fruit/veggie, but it does offer some basic information. With that said, however, I love this book for the recipes, info and just enjoyable perusing.
Oct 02, 2007 Jesse rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who love produce.
Aside from the absolutely gorgeous photography, this book is extremely well organized and very useful, although I sort of want two copies so I can keep one of them pristine! I just got this book a couple of weeks ago and have already made several recipes from it and they've been absolutely delicious.
More comprehensive in terms of produce covered but not as comprehensive in information as others. More recipes
A great field guide to vegetables and fruits. It contains facts and information about each and then a few recipes.
I have been waiting for a book like this for years!!!!!! If you like to cook this is indispensable!!
The is a bee-yoo-ti-full reference guide about fruits and veggies.
Ahhh summer, you make me welcome produce again!
May 31, 2011 Bella added it
Excellent Christmas present, thank you DV!
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