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Best Cookbook for Eating What you Grow

DMW Apr 14, 2011 08:59 AM

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. kellylee RE: DMW Apr 14, 2011 03:34 PM

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

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      sarahcooks RE: DMW Apr 14, 2011 06:00 PM

      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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        DMW RE: sarahcooks Apr 14, 2011 07:14 PM

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

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        dfrostnh RE: DMW Apr 16, 2011 03:10 AM

        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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          Gio RE: dfrostnh Apr 16, 2011 04:58 AM

          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.


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          Westy RE: DMW Apr 17, 2011 05:20 AM

          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.

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            pine time RE: DMW Apr 18, 2011 01:36 PM

            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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              josey124 RE: pine time Apr 19, 2011 06:26 AM

              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!

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                DMW RE: pine time Apr 19, 2011 06:56 AM

                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 :-)

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                  Westy RE: DMW Apr 19, 2011 07:48 AM

                  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, well....best suited to people with access to some ingredients I am just not able to get locally.

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