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A cookbook showcasing 80 recipes for the most popular of the world's healthiest vegetables--kale, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, leafy greens, and more--tailored to accommodate special diets such as gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan.

The eighty inventive, flavorful recipes presented in Brassicas play to each vegetable’s strengths, favoring te
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Ten Speed Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I don't think I learned a ton from this - I have a lot of the basic recipes in my head already, and some of the more new-to-me ones I could tell wouldn't be to my taste. But i love the way it is organized, with each veggie getting a small variety of preparations and each one being easily adaptable for tastes and available ingredients. Everything is gluten-free and there are plenty of options for other food restrictions, so it's definitely worth picking up if you need a veggie dish that will work ...more
Victoria Colotta
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I will be honest. I have always loved my vegetables. Whether they are raw, sautéed, baked, or fried, I can eat them any time, any day. So when I had the opportunity to preview Brassicas Cooking the World's Healthiest Vegetables: Kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and More I was excited.

There are so many recipes. Some that are variations on recipes that I already make and then there are others that I would have never thought to make. Each of the recipes are clear and easy to follow. Th
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is fabulous if you want to learn about and cook brassicas. I've tried many of the recipes, and they range from soups to salads to side dishes,appetizers, and main dishes. Many of the recipes are unique such as roasted cauliflower with pickled peppers and fresh mint or kale egg muffins, Italian chinese cabbage soup...

In addition to fine recipes, the book contains detailed nutritional analysis on each item and recommendations for storage. In today's -- eat your kale world-- this book is
Emsy Van Wyck
Super healthy easily prepared recipes for cancer fighting greens!
It's hard to think of leafy greens as sexy or romantic and broccoli and cauliflower - forget it! But you'll quickly change your opinion of these vegetables when you begin to read Laura B. Russell's amazing cookbook, Brassicas. Now, I cheated a bit with that statement as how could le petit chou - or Brussels Sprouts not seem a bit sexy when given its French name (also an affectionate appellation). But in truth, this family of vegeta
Anne Swan
I'm a health-oriented, plant-based cook. Too many of these recipes were meaty and high-fat for me. ...more
Kourtney-Anne Small
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Many recipes easy to add to kitchen routine.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore oddly specific cookbooks because I know I’ll find some truly unique recipes and brand new ideas for the featured ingredients. This one had a slew of tasty options that I’ll be happy to try.
Nora St Laurent
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’m thankful for a review copy of a book that allowed me to learn about Brassicas veggies and change my view of vegetable altogether. This author has opened up a whole new world of veggies to me and my family that are wonderful for your body, and with a few techniques and knowledge under my belt, will become frequent visitors to my dinner table.

The author explains, Brassicas belong to the family of plants known as Brassacaenearly every part of the plant within this sprawling botanical clan is us
MaryBeth Isaac
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Early this year I was researching what the different traits of various fruits and veggies. This project took a few days and I ended up with vast list of foods that and the associated nutrients and also which foods were considered "cleansing foods". Top on the list for cleansing foods were cruciferous veggies - that is what brassicas are. Doing a quick online search I discovered that cruciferous vegetables are vegetables from the family named brassicaceae. What types of veggies are considered bra ...more
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
For ethical and health reasons, my wife and I eat vegetarian/pescatarian. We’re always looking for new cookbooks—especially those that can help us turn simple greens into multi-flavored deliverers of deliciousness. Whether or not you’re working your way to a vegetarian diet, Laura B. Russell’s Brassicas is a great cookbook to place on your shelf of basic cooking references.

Brassicas is actually more than a cookbook. It’s a reference guide to a wide range of vegetables packed with nutrients and p
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Raise your hand if you're 100% certain that you have more than enough greens in your diet.

Yeah, me neither.

Brassicas: Cooking the World's Healthiest Vegetables, the new cookbook from Oregonian Food Day writer Laura B. Russell, is on a mission to change your answer to that question. It just might change mine.

I tried a couple of recipes, and am eager to tackle others. The Kale & Sweet Potato Saute on page 27 required serious patience in the first step (slow cooking 1/2" cubes of sweet potato,) but
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: food
I wish there were more main dish recipes here.
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brassicas are any plant within the mustard family including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages and Brussels sprouts. "Ounce for ounce brassicas contain more healing properties than any other branch of food." This cookbook delivers tasty ways to serve up these nutritionally packed foods.
In the introduction there are a variety of cooking tips for plants in this family, including which plants have mild, bold or peppery tastes, how to pair them with other ingredients and how to prepare them for cooking
DelAnne Frazee
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Title: Brassicas Cooking the World's Healthiest Vegetables - Kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and More
Author: Laura B Russell
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Published: 4-8-2014
ISBN: 9781607745716
E-Book: B00FUZR08K
Pages: 176
Genre: Food & Wine
Tags: Cookbooks, Special Diets, Gluten Free, Vegetables & Vegetarian
Overall Rating: Great
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Reviewer: DelAnne

As most of my family will tell you I do enjoy a great steak, fried chicken, even a juicy pork chop, but they w
Erin Cataldi
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'll admit, what first drew me to this book was the amazing photography. It was just so pretty! Thankfully, the content of the book matched up perfectly with the quality of the pictures. This is a fantastic cookbook of leafy greens (ie brassicas). There are eighty recipes on how to cook the world's healthiest vegetables as well as short essays from renowned doctors and nutritionists on the importance of these veggies. There are also great summaries on the preparation, cutting, cleaning, and cook ...more
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Foodies
Recommended to LaToya by: NetGalley
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I was so excited when I saw Laura B. Russell's Brassicas because I have often wondered about different ways to cook cabbage, collards, and kale, and I love to shake things up and try new recipes. As a southerner, we usually cook our brassicas with pork, and throughout my weight loss journey, I have been on the hunt for delicious healthy recipes. One of my favorite aspects of the book was the inclusion of the flavor profile of each brassica which range from mild to pungent.

I tried out a few reci
Aja Marsh
Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, food
i think it's better to think of this as a love poem to brassicas than it is to think of it as a cookbook. for the most part, the recipes aren't wowing me at every turn, but there is a lot of great information (basic, but thorough) about brassicas of all kinds, lovely photos, and fine writing. the recipes aren't overly simple or overly complicated and there's something there for everyone, but the introduction to the book makes it seem as though the author is trying to promote brassicas to an unle ...more
Tabby Shiflett
4.5 Stars
A great cookbook for anyone wanting to introduce more green vegetables to a diet! This book is easy follow and not only includes some pictures but also simple but tasty recipes. The author has very informative sections on how to select the vegetables, the best way to prepare and store them, and includes substitutions as well. There's even a table of the recipes that let's the reader know whether the recipe is vegan, vegetarian, and if it's okay for specific food allergies. I have tried
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Kale is the new kale. This book is full of inspiration to integrate kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage into more of your recipes. The brassicas have all sorts of benefits, they are high in vitamins including A and K and are low in calories. However on their own they aren't always the tastiest. Overcooked and over seasoned they can be gloppy, funky, and highly dreadable. Laura Russell peps up the brassicas with all sorts of modern tricks from savory granola to grilling and plenty of heat. T ...more
V Luttrell
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A cookbook showcasing 80 recipes for the most popular of the world's healthiest vegetables--kale, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, leafy greens, and more. Brassicas by Laura B. Russell is worthy of any kitchen!
Cooking the World's Healthiest Vegetables: Kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and More
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I am into healthy eating and found this book to be not only full of recipes but also information which I really found quite helpful!
Mar 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I'm a big fan of brassicas-I tend to roast them and eat them alone as a meal. I found some recipes like that here along with the simplest sautes and then I enjoyed the one-upping variation recipes which I found intriguing. Delicious and complementary for the particular vegetable being showcased. Excellent cookbook for those who want to explore more vegetables ...more
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Uh, it's a book about cooking things like brussels sprouts from a woman named Laura B. Russell! The woman has "Brussell" in her name! It must be good. Now, if only I could cook! I think it involves the placing of water in some sort of metal container and finding a heat source and there may or may not be stirring involved but, after that, I get confused. ...more
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
YUM!!! My new favorite cookbook. A must for anyone with a CSA box that keeps throwing greens, turnips, etc. at you. Recipes are delicious, fairly easy, and are generally dairy/gluten free--a plus in this day and age of entertaining folks with myriad dietary concerns. Book design is gorgeous, organization is great.
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Not to toot my own horn, but I'm pretty good at cooking brassicas already, so I didn't find any new information in this book. Nonetheless, a decent cookbook and introduction to people who want to learn about cooking kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, etc. ...more
Julie Waldman
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
I'm a fan of brassicas but tend to repeat the same, boring and minimalist preparations over and over... now I'm hyped to try nearly every recipe in the book! ...more
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
not too much new here, but who doesn't love their broccoli. ...more
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cooking and nutrition. Eat your cruciferous vegetables!
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a new vegetarian but die-hard foodie I enjoyed this book. It includes recipes for soups, salads and entrees.
Jane Dugger
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was fantastic. I think I will buy it.
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
looking forward to trying kohlrabi curry next summer!
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Laura Russell is a food writer and recipe developer based in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of Brassicas (Ten Speed Press) and The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen as well as a FoodDay columnist for the Oregonian.

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