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A Vegetable Bible

  • Apr 9, 2013

Vegetable Literacy: Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible

Plant Kingdom, with over 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes by Deborah Madison is

an excellent book which describes just about every vegetable

classification for biologists, herbalists, nutritionists, food connoisseurs and dieticians

everywhere. The presentation is organized by vegetable family. Each member of

the family is described in detail, with great information about appearance, history, and

nutritive value.


The book has an exhaustive classification system consisting of families like carrots,

mints, sunflowers, legumes, cabbage and onions. The contents have fascinating

botanical notes, family pairings, and companion flavors which explore vegetables from

the ground up. The author shows how to take home grown vegetables literally from

your garden into the kitchen and onto the dinner table.

The following families are represented in the book:

- The Carrot Family

- The Mint Family

- The Sunflower Family

- The Knotweed Family

- The Cabbage Family

- The Nightshade Family

- The Goosefoot and Amaranth Families

- The (former) Lily Family

- The Cucurbit Family

- The Grass Family

- The Legume Family

- The Morning Glory Family

For instance, the carrot family includes angelica, anise, celery, chervil,

dill and fennel. The mint family includes basil, bee balm,

chia seeds, mint, oregano, sage and thyme.

The sunflower family includes artichoke, chamomile, endives,

milk thistle and daisies. Legumes consist of alfalfa, chickpeas,

fenugreek, lentils, mung beans and soybeans. The cabbage

family includes arugala, bok choy, broccoli, horseradish, kale,

radish, turnip and watercress.

Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison is an important

botanical resource for a wide constituency of students and

professionals everywhere.

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A Vegetable Bible

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April 09, 2013
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