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Fast, Fresh, & Green

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  385 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
This new bible for all things vegetable from Fine Cooking's Vegetable Queen is ideal for the millions of eaters who want to get the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and greens into their daily diet. Susie Middleton shares her love of healthful, delicious veggies with a guide to shopping for and cooking delectable meatless meals, including such delights as Spinac ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Chronicle Books (CA) (first published 2010)
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Sep 17, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than just recipes, Fast, Fresh & Green really breaks down the basics of how you can handle all different kinds of vegetables, including ones you may have been scared to use in the past. There is so much great information and many wonderful recipes, but the photos alone in this book would be worth the price of admission. It's absolutely gorgeous. Whether you're a pro or amateur with veggies, you *need* this handy reference book for veggies on your shelf.

I also love where Susie is coming
Dec 04, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook
This is a book about how to cook vegetables. Sounds simple doesn't it?! I grew up in a household that boiled vegetables in salted water until it was mush. I love my vegetables with a 'bite' to them. Even as a seasoned cook, there are still vegetables undiscovered by me. This book is laid out with beautiful photos interleaved between the well laid out recipes (I love that the ingredient list for each recipe is in bold type) & the helpful how-to guides. Charts are included for each cooking met ...more
Jan 16, 2013 Jerricanary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kitchen
It's like a mini cooking school for the beginner and intermediate home cook--and a pretty gallery at your finger tips: with 90+ veggie recipes that beat boredom at dinner time, hands down. When the veggie isn't the star of the meal, Susie Middleton's ideas really boost the blah and bland usual side of greens to a flavorful and exploding new reality worth cooking up (or keep it raw, she has some great recipes for that too). I keep it on display by my stove since its so handy--and beautiful to loo ...more
Jul 28, 2013 Alyssa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
This is my favorite book to get from the library every month or two because it breaks up the chapters by cooking technique, .. Quick roasting, quick braising, etc. When you have fresh veggies from the market and want to do something simple with them, this is the perfect book. One of my favorite recipes is the quick roasted broccoli with orange dipping sauce.
May 26, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Terrific! Organized by cooking techniques so good for beginners and experienced cooks who would like to improve. Really liked the "walk-away sauteing" chapter. Beautiful photos, too.
Jun 06, 2015 Caity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a lot of cool ideas for cooking vegetables. The chapters are divided into different cooking techniques like roasting, grilling and sauteing. The one thing I did not like about the book was that it was not as veggie friendly as I had hoped there are quite a few recipes involving chicken stock or meat and most of the serving suggestions suggest serving the dish with meat. Some of these recipes can be adapted and you of course do not actually have to follow the serving suggestions so ...more
May 08, 2010 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Eat More Vegetables", is something we've heard over and over again. We know it's good for us, but sometimes the same old vegetables, fresh or not, just gets to be a bit boring, in my opinion. For me, thanks to this cookbook, that is about to change.

In part (1) of this new cookbook, readers are given the tools needed to begin preparing some wonderful sounding veggie recipes. You are told which essentials you should have in your cabinets: (25) different condiments, various sugars and dried fruits
Ticklish Owl
Nov 12, 2011 Ticklish Owl rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, food
This book would be quite useful to a new cook or someone who is not familiar with preparing fresh vegetables. I've been cooking since I could hold a spoon, and don't normally use cookbooks, but the cover was so enticing I couldn't resist borrowing it.

The first chapter discusses stock pantry items, spices, and condiment. The second chapter covers selecting, storing, and preparing vegetables. Each of the remaining chapters focus on a technique, and contain some nice basic recipes for those not alr
AJ LeBlanc
Aug 24, 2010 AJ LeBlanc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, bust-pick
This is not a vegetarian cookbook and most of the recipes are presented as side dishes. However, substitute the chicken broth with vegetable stock and add your favorite protein and you've got some lovely ideas.

This was a library book, but I might pick it up because it's an excellent resource on several different ways to prep veggies. Each section begins with an explanation of the technique and what veggies it works best for. There are also super useful timing guides so if you're prepping a pile
Apr 25, 2014 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I should be good enough at cooking vegetables by now to not need this book, but GD, this has been a great book form the library. So good that I will be buying a copy. Fast, easy and even tastier than the veggies I already loved. I'll say it again: GD! :) :) :) I am eating the quick-roaster broccoli as I type this, (Naples) olive oil getting on keyboard .....
Aug 09, 2014 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
To be honest, I didn't expect much from this book. I bought it because it was a Nook deal of the day. However, this is one of the best cookbooks I've read in recent years. It is organized around the method of cooking--an unexpectedly useful way of thinking about vegetables.
Okay, so I should try a few more recipes before I rate the book, but I definitely give the Summer Vegetable Ragout with Zucchini, Green Beans, and Corn 5 stars. I've made in twice in the last two weeks and pretty much ate all of it myself. I can't get enough of the stuff. (I did sub asparagus for green beans, but other than that I didn't change anything. I'm sure it's also great with the beans.)

I'm lamenting the fact that it is only a two week check-out, as I will have to return it tomorrow and
Jul 31, 2014 Susie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Put this one on the to-buy list
Betsy Dion
May 14, 2012 Betsy Dion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This book was a spontaneous pick off of the library's display shelf. It is a great cookbook because it focuses on several techniques for cooking vegetables, and then gives recipes to practice each technique. I think I will renew the book so that I have more time to practice the methods. The regular potatoes and sweet potatoes that I roasted were delicious. If you want a book that will inspire you to cook more veggies and teach you new yummy ways of doing it, check this out!
Jan 22, 2012 Rosh marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
If you like vegetables, this is the book for you.
If you don't like vegetables, this is a book for you.

Great recipes. Would like to try out all the recipes, but that will take some time. This is not a vegetarian cook book, but most of the recipes are and the rest can be changed. I loved all the recipes that I tried.
There could have been more pictures of the final dish which would be helpful.
Oct 26, 2010 Leigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, food
Normally, I wouldn't put a cookbook down as something I'm "reading". But this is more than a collection of recipes--its a series of techniques that you can use to improvise with what you have on hand or whatever just arrived in the CSA box. So, I'm going through one technique at a time and using as a cooking instruction manual more than a recipe book (there are detailed recipes included as well).
Dec 04, 2010 ReadingWench rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vegetarians be warned - Although this book is all about the veggie lovers, its NOT 100% vegetarian. Just be careful. For example, a savvy cook could easily subsitute Bacos for bacon. There are also great sections in the book about roast and braising, and which vegetables are best in certain recipes.

All in all I would recommend this to my vegetarian friends.
Mar 31, 2011 Jill rated it it was amazing
A cookbook getting five stars? Yes. I have learned almost as much about preparing and cooling and serving food in two weeks with this book as I did in a semester in culinary arts. I tweak the recipes to suit my taste and dietary quirks, but who doesn't? Recipes are meant to be an inspiration, not a ball and chain. This book is beautiful and delicious inspiration.
Dec 14, 2013 Theresafic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a cookbook, not actually a book, but I loved it it has inspired me to be more veggie- centric and try different ways of coking veggies besides my main method of the microwave.
I think this book will inspire me to cook more veggies, more creatively and have a veggie focused instead of meat focused dinner. I'm already on the hunt for a good sauté pan
Aug 10, 2011 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I rarely buy cookbooks, but this is definitely one I would consider for my permanent collection! Lovely recipes to help you change things up a bit in the veggie department. Wonderful explanations of the different cooking methods and the benefits of each as well as what veggies work well for each one.
Jan 29, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of good sounding stuff. But also lots of cheese, cream, butter and other yummy stuff, too. This book would probably kill me. I'd call it a special occasion veggie cookbook. Not really any main meals, mostly sides, but some dishes could double as main meals.

Jul 19, 2012 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love to cook....but I've always felt like my vegetables were lame and missed the mark. After this, I have a whole new take one veggies. I now start with the veggie I want to make and plan the protein around it.....rather than the other way around. YUM!!!!
Aug 02, 2010 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whats-cookin
A delicious cookbook featuring TONS of vegetable recipes (I can't wait to try the sweet potato fries with lime aioli). The author gives you simple techniques to build on and then gives you more elaborate recipes featuring the simple technique.
Jan 05, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
I've tried a handful of recipes, and all of them have been delicious. This is a great cookbook if you're a beginner in the kitchen, because Middleton gives plenty of pointers on various vegetable preparing techniques.
Sep 10, 2010 Aspa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grabbed this at the library but may have to go ahead and buy it. Tons of easy ways to cook delicious veggies. I have only had it for four days and have already cooked four different recipes!
Jan 10, 2014 Jaq rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt that the recipes were overwhelmed by their introductions - so many words on one page, makes it quite distracting, at least for me to read a recipe quickly.

Good if you're looking for mostly side dish recipes with ingredients that you might not have on hand. I'm going to try the New Potato Salad with Peas, Lime & Mint.
Dec 03, 2010 Tarana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing fresh vegetable recipes that bring out the best in the vegetable without too many spices or overpowering sauces. I love this book.
Feb 26, 2013 Katharine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything I've made has turned out great! Easy to follow and understand, it will improve your skills as a cook.
Oct 20, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We only made two recipes out of this one, but they were so yummy! The dish on the cover we made twice, it was so good.
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