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Apr 14, 2011 08:59 AM

Best Cookbook for Eating What you Grow

I'm not really sure if this board or the Home Cooking board is best.....

I am looking for a cookbook that will help me use (cook, can, freeze, etc.) the food I grow in my garden. A book with recipes for immediate consumption, as well as those for "putting up," would be ideal. I do already have a book that focuses on canning, as well as a number of canning blogs that I follow, so I don't want a book that focuses just on putting up. What do you recommend?


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  1. I like Deborah Madison's Local Flavors. It deals with seasonal farmers market fare but works for the home garden harvest, too.

    1. I really like Jamie at Home, though I don't know if it's the best. It just is a great "cooks who garden" book. Or maybe gardeners who cook?

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      1. re: sarahcooks

        Ooh, I've not heard of this one before. I'll check it out - thanks!

      2. There were two cookbooks that were published in the 80s which I used to use more than I do now. One was the Victory Garden cookbook (back when James Crockett's Victory Garden was a popular show) and the other Joy of Gardening cookbook. What I like about these is that each vegetable has a chapter with a variety of recipes from appetizer to dessert plus some practical information about cooking and using the vegetable. Not much info about preservation methods, though. The recipes are a bit dated but the cookbooks are still a source of some unusual recipes. I just tried a recipe for parsnip pie (like squash pie, sort of).

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        1. re: dfrostnh

          I watched that program religiously. Crockett's Victory Garden it was called and at the end of the show Marian Morash, the director's wife, would appear with a quick and easy recipe made with vegetables grown in the garden. In fact I still make her cod cooked on kale... still delicious after all these days.

          The garden was located in the now passe Lexington Garden in Massachusetts and I used to shop for the same plants that were grown in the VG.

        2. Moosewood cookbooks are reliably solid. They use quite a few veggies you will likely be growing, and the recipes tur out dependably great results.

          I picked up "Joe's Garden." It ois fromt he Pacific Northwest and I have had reasonable success with it.

          1. While it's not recipe oriented, have you read Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Vegetable Miracle? She and her family did intense seasonal eating from their gardens or locally sourced products. Made my few plants seem wimpy by comparison.

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            1. re: pine time

              I agree. Great book! I loved the zucchini stories a la lock your car in fall otherwise you will find another zucchini when you come back. Nice recipes in the book too!

              1. re: pine time

                Yes, I did read the book a few years ago. I guess I should refresh on the recipes though.

                I ended up purchasing the River Cottage Every Day, but that doesn't mean I'm not still on the look-out for more books :-)

                1. re: DMW

                  Sweet! I really like the River Cottae series. Let us know how the recipes turn out and i they are suitable for the average cook. I have the original River Cottage book, but found some were, suited to people with access to some ingredients I am just not able to get locally.