Thursday, February 4, 2016

Light-year Cookbook Reviews: A Girl and Her Greens: Hearty Meals from the Garden

Cookbook reviews shouldn't take a year, in my speed of light summaries I'll do it in less than 365 words! Even if you read one word a day, you will have at least .25 days left. I give you the "skinny" for every cookbook on some key points:
  • What is the aim of the book
  • How pretty it is
  • How readable the recipes are
  • How feasible the recipes are
  • How well the book supports good health (the horrible pun comes back around!)
  • Is the book good for vegetarians? 
  • Is the book good for vegans?



    Today we have A Girl and Her Greens: Hearty Meals from the Garden by April Bloomfield.



    Aim


    The author, a professional chef, shares her favorite plant-centered dishes. The book is made to be accessible and mostly based on vegetables, but also adding polish and sophistication to add interest.

    Look


    The book has stunning artistic recipe photos. Recipe pages also have adorable yet quirky vegetable-themed illustrations, which have a watercolor/fingerpaint feel. Fonts are nice and comfortable, though I could skip the page footer font.

    Readability


    The ingredient lists have a bit of a chef-like specificity (specific brands/types of simple ingredients) which aren't too pretentious but make it harder to read the lists quickly. Instructions are short, but jammed together a bit. The recipes are easy to understand but hard to quickly reference.

    Feasibility


    Despite the ingredient specificity, the dishes are actually all relatively easy to make. Nothing is overly complicated technique wise. Instructions are very specific, which I think can actually be very helpful for less experienced cooks. Some dishes have long cook times, but there are plenty of quick weeknight affairs too.

    Health


    This is about taste, healthy side effects are incidental.

    Vegetarian


    Almost all of the dishes are vegetarian, or could easily be made so. There are certainly some meat dishes but most use it more as a condiment. Cut the bacon and substitute vegetable broths and you'll still make some tasty meals.

    Vegan


    There are some shining stars in here that make the book worth reading for an aspiring vegan chef. That said the heavy use of cream and eggs may create some barriers. That said there is a ton in here ripe and ready for some simple substitutions, but it will be a do-it-yourself arrangement.



    If you would like to buy this book, please consider using the links in this post, a small bit trickles back to me if you do.

    Sometimes I receive complimentary copies of books I review, in this case I did not. I will always disclose this, but all opinions are always my own.

    Suggestions? Want to point me toward a book? Feel free to comment here, or ask me on twitter @RedHealthPotion.

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