Vegetable Love by Barbara Kafka

Vegetable Love

Barbara Kafka has been shaping the way America cooks for three decades. She’s doing it again. With her customary originality, thoroughness, and passion for great cooking, Barbara Kafka has created the cook’s ultimate vegetable resource: 750 original recipes showcasing everything she adores about the vegetable world, from the lowly green bean to the exotic chrysanthemum leaf—even stretching the definition to include potatoes, mushrooms, and ...

Details Vegetable Love

TitleVegetable Love
Release DateNov 1st, 2005
GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks, Cooking, Nonfiction, Food

Reviews Vegetable Love

  • Jen
    Simple reference book for cooking with vegetables. The vegetable recipes are listed by origin (like "Beans from Asia"). There is an additional guide at the back with cooking guidelines for each vegetable, buying and storing, washing, ways of cutting, yields and equivalents, etc. This is not a vegetarian cookbook only, as it includes quite a few recipes with meat/veggie combos. The author plays a bit fast and loose with the "vegetable" classificat...
  • Allan
    If you love vegetables; if you like vegetables; indeed, if you simply eat vegetables, you need no other book than this to consummate your life of eating vegetables. If you own but one book on vegetables, this should be it. If you own but two books on vegetables, as I do, they should be this and Jack Bishop's Vegetables Every Day.Be aware that Kafka does not espouse in this book vegetarianism, so many of the recipes include various fleshly accompa...
  • Lisa
    This is a big, heavy expensive book, but there's a lot of information about unusual veggies and a great general reference section about choosing, storing and cooking almost any vegetable. I also like that it's not a book for vegetarians. There are quite a few recipes that call for chicken broth and there's a general assumption that you'll be eating meat. It's been the cookbook I've looked to the most, since I love pretty much all vegetables.
  • Karen
    I love this book. It alphabetically lists every vegetable imaginable, explains what it is and how to prepare it. While some of the recipes are vegetarian, many are not - I often refer to this book when i am looking to incorporate my CSA bounty into our weekly meals.
  • Darren
    If you are not a vegetarian, the role of the vegetable can be often sidelined - always the bridesmaid but never the bride. Oh, we might wax lyrically about them but always in a supporting role. Maybe this book will help?The observant reader may note that this is not a newly-published book, but one that has stood the test of time. Written by an author who has also stood the test of time - keeping many Americans fed for over three decades - this is...
  • Liz
    If you've ever been confused by the veggies you found in your farm share box or had an internal debate over whether or not to refrigerate kohlrabi, then get this book. It's an encyclopedia featuring all the information you'd ever want to know about a wide-range of vegetables, along with recipes for each entry.
  • Lucinda
    Not a great everyday cookbook. She advocates a lot of butter and my misguided selection of carrot soup left me with a grainy, pizza-tasting mess on my hands. BUT. In the back of the book, she has an encyclopedia of vegetables that has come in handy when the Penguin Companion to Food offers just a little too much information.
  • Elizabeth Gabhart
    I got this cookbook yesterday and already made a delicious recipe from it! The focus is on vegetables, helpful to me because I tend to get stuck in a rut with my side dishes. I appreciate the organization, because if I have, say, carrots on hand, I can easily look up a huge list of dishes which feature carrots, all listed together. Although this organization takes some getting used to, it's useful for the way I cook. I tend to plan meals around w...
  • Lisa
    Some of the recipes in here are fairly simple, but incredibly delicious. Several of the recipes have been great. My favorite so far is the jade soup (a spinach soup that left me deeply satisfied). But both the lamb hominy stew and the chile-corn souffle were big hits.
  • Theeng
    This is fun, quirky book but I can't decide if I like it enough to want to keep it. There are certain sections which I find to be ordinary and not very interesting--the recipes can be found in many other cookbooks. Some parts are useful, especially where she includes microwave directions. A lot of foodies might scoff at her use of the microwave, but her inclusion shows her interest in the ordinary cook. We often only think of the microwave for he...
  • Rada
    I loved this book. It made me want to have a garden so bad; so I could grow all these fabulous vegetables. Since I don't have a garden, I will be visiting the farmers markets all spring, summer and fall. Getting the freshest produce to make the sumptuous recipes that are in this book. Bon Appetite!
  • Lydia
    667pages of recipes and lots of vegetable history. I am not familiar with Kafka, but many of the recipes are common (hey, I want something different!), so I copied 3 (Russian meat Borscht stood out) and returned it.
  • Maya
    Vegetable Love should be about vegetable, but a significant number of the recipes rely on meat, dairy, and wheat (gluten) ingredients and the veggie is a bonus. Decided to keep it anyway because I found some I'd like to try. Very thick book!
  • Phoebe
    Yeah, no, OF COURSE I did not finish this book! It's HUGE. I liked what I skimmed through, though. In particular, I enjoyed the author's friendly, conversational tone. Didn't get a chance to try any recipes before returning the book to the library, but perhaps in the future.
  • Rhi
    I think I like the idea of this book more than I like this book. The encylopedia-style information in the second half is nice and useful. Sadly, I find a lot of the recipes underwhelming, although not across the board. Ultimately, I find it to be a good reference, but an uninspiring cookbook.
  • Happyreader
    This book is really hit or miss. The index focused on selection, storage, and cooking options is excellent. The recipes themselves are a gamble. Never, ever try the carrot ice cream. It's tasted like orange soap. But the broccoli puree is easy and fabulous.
  • Jen Mcpherson
    My go-to for anything veggie related. Her asparagus in the microwave method is just perfection every single time.
  • Roseanne
    Just picked this it! Though it is obviously vegetable themed, it DOES have meat too. Expands the options, and you can't go wrong with Kafka at the helm.
  • Natalie
    Kafka is a wizard. A great reference.
  • Carissa
    yummy recipies...soon to try...avacado ice cream...yum!
  • Kelly
    Here are great tasting gourmet vegetable dishes. Not always the healthiest but I'm telling you TASTY! I love my veges. . .
  • Kate
  • Tori Weinstock
    Very simplistic. Was looking for more creativity
  • Stephanie
    I LOVE this book. Mucho thanks to Lisa S. for picking a copy up for me! xoxoxoxo Re-reading right now!
  • Alicia
    This was a quirky book. I enjoyed the writing style. This book is huge, so I skimmed it. I didn't really find any recipes that jumped out of me.
  • Agriffith
    This book is awesome! It's got so many great recipes ranging from easy to really complex and Kafka's love for vegetables is contagious!
  • Renee
    This is one of my favorite cook books right now!! I highly recommend it!