The first time I flipped through this cookbook it failed to inspire me. I'm not quite sure what the problem was, perhaps the temperatures hovering around the -20s had sent me into a fit of winter blues, but on the first look I really missed a gem. Several months went by before I decided to pick this book up again and now I regret that I didn't do so sooner. This time I noticed that recipe after recipe made me want to get up early on a Saturday, grab my reusable grocery bags, and do some shopping. This is something that rarely happens because:
I'm not an early riser, EVER
I really really hate shopping, even for food.
It's Saturday, I should be sleeping in till noon (which rarely happens these days.)
It's finally starting to warm up and I'm feeling more inspired now that I can spend Saturday wandering the stalls at the Dane County Farmers' Market rather than being stuck inside because of the dreary weather. Still, I find myself lacking inspiration from time to time and tend to fall back on tried-and-true recipes when my creative juices find themselves frozen. When this happens I like to turn to my massive stack of cookbooks to help me out, which is how I wound up pulling this book out for a second glance. I'm always looking for for new ways to cook vegetables and I knew this book was organized by season, something that I'm seeing more often. It's perfect for those of you who are fortunate enough to have a local farmers' market or grow your own vegetables. If you prefer your books laid out in a more traditional format you may find this book a little frustrating.
Another thing I love about this book are the note sections located at the end of each recipe. I've often found myself wanting a place to scribble recipe changes as I make a recipe my own and these sections make it simple to do so. I've always felt that cookbooks are meant to be passed on to the next generation. With this book my son will inherit not only a wonderful cookbook, but also my insights into the recipes I enjoyed preparing and what changes I made along the way. This process is how family recipes are born and The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook makes it easy to pass those recipes on.
In case you were wondering, here are some of the recipes that caught my eye.
Penne with roasted salmon, asparagus, peas, and ramps
Roasted Tomatillo and Jalapeño salsa
Green Beans w/ frizzled scallions and ginger
Roasted mashed potatoes w/ goat cheese
Caramelized onion and potato hand pies
Vegetable cheddar breakfast muffins
Mushroom, fontina, and spinach panini
Keep your eyes on my instagram feed, I'll be trying out several of the recipes and posting photos for you to drool over.
Where to Purchase
This e-book was sent to me for review by Rodale Books. As always, all opinions are my own.
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