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Vegetable Harvest: Vegetables at the Center of the Plate

by Patricia Wells

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Oh those pictures: How many pictures do we need of vegetables, even French ones? We know what a leek looks like but we NEED to know what the finished dish should look like. Recent cookbooks persist in this dreadful habit of glossy photos of bowls, whisks, eggs and landscapes when we want to know what we are cooking.
These recipes are great but there is nothing in the photos, colourful as they are, to tempt me to make any of them. One day I guess I'll have a glut of something, open this book, find a picture to make sure I know my onions and actually cook comething.
  lonepalm | Dec 8, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060752440, Hardcover)

To dispense with a puzzlement right away--though named Vegetable Harvest, Patricia Wells's marvelous 190-plus recipe collection doesn't center on those edibles exclusively. Rather, it offers a well-rounded dish selection that puts them to brilliant use, often as supporting players (except, of course, in chapters titled "Vegetables" and "Potatoes"). This bit of culinary license shouldn't discourage anyone from buying the book, whose recipes, such as Baby Squid Salad with Garlic, Olives, Tomatoes and Parsley; Penne with Fava Beans, Basil Puree, and Parmesan; and Lamb Couscous with Chickpeas and Zucchini, exemplify all that's remarkable about Wells's approach to modern French cooking. Emphasizing simplicity, ingredient freshness and, yes, ease of preparation, the dishes--including breads and desserts like Lemon and Rosemary Flatbread and Almond Buttermilk Sorbet--will delight any cook who prizes direct yet brilliantly orchestrated flavor. In addition to wine advice, Wells also offers a pantry chapter including sauce and vinaigrette recipes--Creamy Lemon-Chive Dressing is one--nearly worth owning the book for. In works including The Provence Cookbook and Bistro Cooking, Wells brought French cooking to the American kitchen in a way both authentic and relaxed. Vegetable Harvest furthers that approach spectacularly. --Arthur Boehm

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