The CSA Cookbook: No-Waste Recipes for Cooking Your Way Through a Community Supported Agriculture Box, Farmers' Market, or Backyard Bounty by Linda Ly

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  • Carrot top salsa

    • anightowl on May 26, 2017

      This is fantastic on fish - spread a spoonful on each fillet before baking - no other seasoning needed! I made 2 dozen 1/2 pint jars from my carrot harvest (you need a serious amount of tops to make that many jars), and popped them in the freezer. It's six months later and the jar I just defrosted and used is as fresh tasting as the day I made it.

  • Butter-braised radishes and radish greens with farro

  • “All in” herb dressing

    • jhallen on January 18, 2021

      This is great and I have made it lots of times. I always substitute yogurt for the mayo (just cause I am not a big mayo fan) and it’s great that way. It is a somewhat thin dressing if you use right after making but still takes good (and it thickens up if it’s left in fridge overnight).

  • Zuppa Toscana

    • jhallen on November 14, 2022

      This is such a good and easy recipe - have made it countless times and it never disappoints. I substitute coconut cream for the heavy cream.

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  • Food52

    ...celebrates the spontaneity and improvisation inherent to CSA cooking, while offering help CSA members cook delicious meals from their share boxes.

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  • ISBN 10 0760347298
  • ISBN 13 9780760347294
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Mar 05 2015
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 224
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Motorbooks International
  • Imprint Motorbooks International

Publishers Text

Make the most of your CSA membership—or your garden harvest—with simple yet bold, inventive yet nourishing meals from acclaimed blogger Linda Ly.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs have connected farms to consumers and made people more in tune with where their food comes from, but still leave many stumped beyond the conventional uses for their produce. How many times has a CSA share arrived with things you've never seen before or not known what to do with?

The CSA Cookbook will help you cook your way through a CSA box (or farmers' market or backyard bounty) with 105 seasonal recipes that utilize every edible part of the plant, from leaves and flowers to stems and seeds. Think of it as a nose-to-tail approach—for vegetables!

With innovative ideas for preparing the lesser-known but no-less-delicious parts of plants, tips for using the odds and ends of vegetables, and easy preservation techniques, Linda Ly helps you get from farm to table without a fuss. Chapters include tomatoes and peppers, leafy greens, peas and beans, bulbs and stems, roots and tubers, melons and gourds, and flowers and herbs. You'll find globally-inspired, vegetable-focused recipes that turn a single plant into several meals—take squash, for instance. This year-round vegetable brings a variety of tastes and textures to the table: Sicilian Squash Shoot Soup, Squash Blossom and Roasted Poblano Tacos, Autumn Acorn Squash Stuffed with Kale, Cranberries, and Walnuts, and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds. If you grow your own food at home, you might be surprised to learn you can eat the leaves from your pepper plants, or pickle the seed pods from your radishes.

The CSA Cookbook aims to inspire curiosity in the garden and creativity in the kitchen. You'll look at vegetables in a whole new way and think twice before you discard your kitchen "scraps"!

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