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Fast, Fresh, & Green

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  656 ratings  ·  55 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
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 28th 2010 by Chronicle Books (first published 2010)
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Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 08, 2010 rated it really liked it

"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
Sep 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 from
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 method ...more
Kimberly Ann
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
At first look, I did not like this cook book, it was the format, the print is green and plain. I like colored photos, I want to see what it is I'm about to make, even though my results Never look like those in the cookbook.

In regards to the recipes, I like them! Covered is how to use: condiments, nuts/seeds, sugars/dried fruits, oil/vinegar, liquor, fruits/cheeses/dairy, & spices. Cooking by; roasting, braising, "walk-away"/"hands on" sauteing, no cooking, stir frying, & grilling.

Most everything
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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). ...more
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ..... ...more
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the book I've been looking for since I decided to commit to eating more fruits and veggies a year or so ago. I never learned to cook veggies. The veggies I knew as a kid were usually of the frozen then microwaved variety. I had bought several books on cooking veggies before this one, but none of them had the info I needed to learn to cook veggies on the fly. Enter this book. I love, love, love the foundation recipes at the beginning of each chapter. The lists of how to cut each type of v ...more
Mary L.
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love the simple and clear recipes in this gorgeously designed, vegetable-forward cookbook. I find Susie to be very approachable as an author. You feel as though she is personally guiding you through the recipes, and without making things overly complicated. This will be seeing quite a bit of action in my kitchen.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific book for both the experienced and the novice cook. I consider myself pretty experienced and found so many recipes that I want to try. But she explains everything in detail for the novice - even what common cooking terms mean. I may have to get a hard copy of this book since I purchased it in e-book format.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This cookbook is okay, but just not for me. There are too many mixtures of flavors I don't like. I also prefer recipes that include the nutritional information and these don't. I ordered it online and couldn't flip through to check it out before buying.
Not a bad book. I wish there were more cookbooks with the same concept...just not the same recipes.
Joanne Poyourow
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
good variety of vegetable dishes, or "sides", which we all need more of. I appreciated that many were grain-free. Middleton uses butter, which I easily changed to ghee or olive oil. nice cookbook. ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you're looking to spice up you veggie sides, this is the book. So good ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cooking
Organize by cooking technique. I appreciated the introduction and instructions for each coking technique as well as a beginner recipe that can be modified as the cook learns what they enjoy.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
This is one of the most useful cookbooks I've read. I've liked all the recipes I've tried from it and loved a few, but more than that, it's useful for gaining an understanding of how to cook a broad range of vegetables for every cooking method even without a recipe. This book has gotten me to eat a few new vegetables I've never tried and to give a few I didn't previously like another chance.

It's organized by cooking method (like roasting, sauteing, braising, stir-frying and even no cooking) and
AJ LeBlanc
Jun 29, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My husband and I have been cooking our way through this book over the past couple of years. The recipes have been consistently delicious and, although we love trying recipes from all over, many of our favorites have come from this book.

Most importantly, this book has introduced us to truly basic vegetable cooking techniques we hadn't regularly been using. Roasted vegetables (with a little olive oil and salt) are a weekly staple now. We're also quite happy to braise (not quite frying, not quite b
May 22, 2010 added it
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
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 29, 2011 marked it as to-read
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.
Betsy Dion
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jenna Zarzycki
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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