Vegetables: The Most Authoritative Guide to Buying, Preparing, and Cooking with More Than 300 Recipes by James Peterson

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  • Sicilian-style cauliflower salad

    • wester on November 03, 2015

      The sauce was very tasty and versatile (for instance, very good on white fish), but also very basic. The cauliflower was definitely overcooked. Next time cook no more than 2 minutes.

  • Mixed salad à la Grecque

    • wester on September 29, 2015

      Tastes good, looks good, easy, and great for cleaning out the vegetable drawer.

  • Italian bean, parsley, fennel, and lemon salad

    • wester on February 08, 2017

      I agree with the previous reviewer: a very nice bean salad, but it could use more fennel relative to the beans.

    • amoule on November 15, 2016

      Nice bean salad! In my opinion, it could use a little less bean and a little more veg., but I was interested in it as a side dish rather than as a main course.

  • Red cabbage salad with pecans

    • wester on September 26, 2015

      While I did like this salad and will probably make it again, I have a few bones to pick with the recipe. First, the portion size is way off. I made half a recipe, which the book claims should feed 5-8 people, and finished it off with my nine-year-old daughter. And we didn't eat abnormal amounts. Second, the ratio of oil to vinegar is weird. I already decreased the amount of vinegar on first try, and I thought there still was to much of it. Next time I will decrease it further to my normal 1 vinegar/3 oil ratio. Last, while the method given for presalting is great for softening cabbage salads, I find that just squeezing the cabbage is not enough to get rid of excess salt - it needs a good rinse as well.

  • Orange, endive, and walnut salad

    • wester on January 16, 2016

      This tasted of grapefruit, which is sort of weird considering there is none in it; on the other hand, not that surprising that orange + bitterness = grapefruit. A nice salad but nothing special. The nuts did not really add much.

  • Fennel, orange, and walnut salad

    • wester on January 15, 2016

      Nice enough but nothing spectacular. If I make it again, I would chop up the walnuts more. Half walnuts means that any bite will contain either too much walnut or none. ETA: But don't chop the nuts too finely as that gives a very unpleasant texture.

  • Tomato and onion salad with fresh basil

    • wester on September 22, 2015

      Classic and simple.

  • Mashed potato pancakes

    • becca.rice on December 09, 2013

      good basic recipe. more egg than other recipes for mashed potato pancakes I've tried in the past meant that this held together better in the pan (rather than melting & smooshing...)

  • Aïoli and garlic and saffron mayonnaise

    • becca.rice on December 09, 2013

      from the recipe description: "It can be eaten in horrifying amounts with artichokes..."

  • Basic buttered brussels sprouts

    • bwehner on January 29, 2012

      Very easy, basic. Make sure you have good Brussel sprouts & let them shine!

    • bwehner on January 29, 2012

      Basic & easy. make sure you have good Brussel Sprouts & let them shine! You can, also, brown the butter a little and / or add some freshly ground nutmeg for more complexity.

  • Grated carrot salad

    • sturlington on April 22, 2013

      This is a nice salad, although I think I prefer the Alice Waters version. It is not substantial enough to be served alone, but would make a good component on any sandwich platter, as Peterson suggests.

  • Mozzarella and tomato salad from Capri (Insalata Caprese)

    • sturlington on October 16, 2013

      Can substitute fruit like melon for tomatoes.

  • Grilled potatoes

    • sturlington on April 22, 2013

      Par-boil the potatoes before grilling. A good technique.

  • Slow-roasted assorted summer vegetables

    • sturlington on April 24, 2013

      Takes a long time! I ended up raising the temperature and cooking the vegetables faster, which worked fine.

  • Roasted vegetable salad

    • sturlington on April 24, 2013

      Simple salad, but good. I'm not sure it needed the addition of croutons.

  • Indian winter squash gratin with saffron, cardamom, and almonds

    • kitchen_chick on January 01, 2018

      Delicious way to prepare winter squash. I left out the sugar. It doesn’t need it in my opinion. The squash is sweet enough on its own.

  • Shredded daikon salad

    • kitchen_chick on August 11, 2019

      I added a carrot to the salad for some additional color.

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  • ISBN 10 0688146589
  • ISBN 13 9780688146580
  • Published Nov 12 1998
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 448
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Imprint William Morrow

Publishers Text

The follow up to his award-winning Fish and Shellfish, James Peterson's newest book, Vegetables, aims to be the most authoritative book on this topic available.

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