A VEGETABLE FOR EVERY DAY
Roots, shoots, tubers, bulbs, pods, gourds, leafy greens, and more—vegetables come in all sizes, shapes, colors, and seasons. They canlaunch a meal, ride alongside a main course, or sit in the center ofa dinner plate. They are also rich sources of vitamins, minerals, ber,and phytochemicals, which means that everyone should be eatingmore of them.This book encourages you to do just that. It guides you on how toselect vegetables with the season in mind and how to cook them innew and more interesting ways. In spring, you’ll know to reach for abunch of asparagus and pair it with the season’s iconic morels anda heady shallot butter. In summer, you’ll turn to shiny purple eggplantsfor the grill or sauté pan, and to tomatoes for salads, gazpacho, andbruschetta. Come fall and winter, you’ll fashion soups, gratins,and braises out of hard-skinned squashes, knobby roots, dark leafygreens, and hearty tubers.In the following pages, you’ll nd 365 seasonal recipes divided bymonths of the year. Each chapter opens with a monthly calendar page,and each day is inscribed with a different recipe title. But this is not ahard-and-fast kitchen diary. Instead, it is a exible road map designedto help you to cook a wider variety of vegetables in a greater numberof ways according to what’s fresh in the market or the backyard garden.That means that while you should strive to cook seasonally, you shouldalso feel free to meander through the weeks to nd dishes that appeal.Each recipe is exible as well. You can often trade out one herb orspice for another, one root vegetable or leafy green for another, or onegarnish for another. You can lighten the calorie load by substitutingmilk for cream, or you can dress up a dish by adding a salsa, a dollopof crème fraîche, or a scattering of grated cheese or chopped nuts.Dozens of color photographs are included to both inspire and guide you.With this savvy compendium of daily culinary ideas on hand, you’ll ndthat it is both easy and satisfying to bring new avors and aromas toyour table and more healthful, seasonal vegetables to your daily diet.