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A cookbook showcasing 80 recipes for the most popular of the
world's healthiest vegetables--kale, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels
sprouts, cabbage, leafy greens, and more--tailored to accommodate
special diets such as gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and
vegan.

For a long time, brassicas had a mixed reputation.
While a small group of people staunchly adored them, most Americans were
not as fond of the vegetables formerly known as "cruciferous" (who
doesn't remember a plate of stinky boiled cabbage or President Bush's
condemnation of broccoli?). But in recent years, a transformation has
occurred. Kale has taken the world by storm and there's hardly a
restaurant left that doesn't have cauliflower on the menu. The rising
popularity of brassicas is not only due to their extraordinary health
benefits and "superfood" status, but also the realization that they can
taste delicious when properly prepared. Brassicas shows home
cooks how to bring out the flavors of these vegetables without
death-by-boiling or burial under a blanket of cheese. When roasted,
Brussels sprouts reveal an inherent sweetness. Watercress and arugula
add a delightful peppery punch to salads. Caramelizing cauliflower in
the sauté pan brings out its best attributes. Celebrating natural
flavors rather than masking them, Brassicas both inspires cooks
as well as arms them with appetizing new ways to increase their
vegetable consumption.

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Reviews for Brassicas: Cooking the World's Healthiest Vegetables: Kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and More:

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Jan 17, 2014

I will be honest. I have always loved my vegetables. Whether they are raw, sautéed, baked, or fried, I can eat them any time, any day. So when I had the opportunity to preview Brassicas Cooking the World's Healthiest Vegetables: Kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and More I was excited.

There are so many recipes. Some that are variations on recipes that I already make and then there are others that I would have never thought to make. Each of the recipes are clear and easy to follow. I will be honest. I have always loved my vegetables. Whether they are raw, sautéed, baked, or fried, I can eat them any time, any day. So when I had the opportunity to preview Brassicas Cooking the World's Healthiest Vegetables: Kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and More I was excited.

There are so many recipes. Some that are variations on recipes that I already make and then there are others that I would have never thought to make. Each of the recipes are clear and easy to follow. Though it is my cooking process to read a recipe more than once, in this book I grasped the how to’s of the recipes on the first read. Also, from a design perspective, the layout of the book has enough white space so that the recipes aren’t crowded and the fonts are easy to read. Not to mention that the images of the fresh vegetables were so vibrant.

Lemony Kale Shreds with Salty CheeseAs one of my tester recipes I tried the Lemony Kale Shreds with Salty Cheese. It has quickly become a lunch staple for me. Since I love all things that are lemony this was a natural recipe for me to test out. It is simple to make and has a nice twang from the lemon which balances the saltiness of the feta. I love the flavors and up until now, I have never had kale unless it was cooked in oil with garlic. Something new! Now that is a sign of a good cookbook.

There are other great recipes in this book that will make a you love your veggies. ...more
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Jun 04, 2014

This book is fabulous if you want to learn about and cook brassicas. I've tried many of the recipes, and they range from soups to salads to side dishes,appetizers, and main dishes. Many of the recipes are unique such as roasted cauliflower with pickled peppers and fresh mint or kale egg muffins, Italian chinese cabbage soup...

In addition to fine recipes, the book contains detailed nutritional analysis on each item and recommendations for storage. In today's -- eat your kale world-- this book is This book is fabulous if you want to learn about and cook brassicas. I've tried many of the recipes, and they range from soups to salads to side dishes,appetizers, and main dishes. Many of the recipes are unique such as roasted cauliflower with pickled peppers and fresh mint or kale egg muffins, Italian chinese cabbage soup...

In addition to fine recipes, the book contains detailed nutritional analysis on each item and recommendations for storage. In today's -- eat your kale world-- this book is essential for adding these healthy vegetables into your daily regimen. And the illustrations in this book are glorious.

A useful and true celebration of brassicas!

Highly recommended. ...more
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Feb 13, 2018

I don't think I learned a ton from this - I have a lot of the basic recipes in my head already, and some of the more new-to-me ones I could tell wouldn't be to my taste. But i love the way it is organized, with each veggie getting a small variety of preparations and each one being easily adaptable for tastes and available ingredients. Everything is gluten-free and there are plenty of options for other food restrictions, so it's definitely worth picking up if you need a veggie dish that will work I don't think I learned a ton from this - I have a lot of the basic recipes in my head already, and some of the more new-to-me ones I could tell wouldn't be to my taste. But i love the way it is organized, with each veggie getting a small variety of preparations and each one being easily adaptable for tastes and available ingredients. Everything is gluten-free and there are plenty of options for other food restrictions, so it's definitely worth picking up if you need a veggie dish that will work for a few different diets. The parmesan Brussels sprouts and cauliflower with pickled peppers were nice twists on my usual "just roast the heck out of it" approach. ...more
4

Brassicas are any plant within the mustard family including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages and Brussels sprouts. "Ounce for ounce brassicas contain more healing properties than any other branch of ...Full Review
5

I'll admit, what first drew me to this book was the amazing photography. It was just so pretty! Thankfully, the content of the book matched up perfectly with the quality of the pictures. This is a ...Full Review
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Jun 07, 2014

I'm a fan of brassicas but tend to repeat the same, boring and minimalist preparations over and over... now I'm hyped to try nearly every recipe in the book!
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Feb 16, 2015

B Arranged by type of brassica, some nice recipes, good for beginners and a nice starter cookbook.
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Jul 14, 2014

Not to toot my own horn, but I'm pretty good at cooking brassicas already, so I didn't find any new information in this book. Nonetheless, a decent cookbook and introduction to people who want to learn about cooking kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, etc.
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Sep 06, 2014

YUM!!! My new favorite cookbook. A must for anyone with a CSA box that keeps throwing greens, turnips, etc. at you. Recipes are delicious, fairly easy, and are generally dairy/gluten free--a plus in this day and age of entertaining folks with myriad dietary concerns. Book design is gorgeous, organization is great.
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Mar 08, 2014

I'm a big fan of brassicas-I tend to roast them and eat them alone as a meal. I found some recipes like that here along with the simplest sautes and then I enjoyed the one-upping variation recipes which I found intriguing. Delicious and complementary for the particular vegetable being showcased. Excellent cookbook for those who want to explore more vegetables
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May 09, 2014

Uh, it's a book about cooking things like brussels sprouts from a woman named Laura B. Russell! The woman has "Brussell" in her name! It must be good. Now, if only I could cook! I think it involves the placing of water in some sort of metal container and finding a heat source and there may or may not be stirring involved but, after that, I get confused.
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Aug 15, 2014

A cookbook showcasing 80 recipes for the most popular of the world's healthiest vegetables--kale, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, leafy greens, and more. Brassicas by Laura B. Russell is worthy of any kitchen!
Cooking the World's Healthiest Vegetables: Kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and More
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I am into healthy eating and found this book to be not only full of recipes but also information which I really found quite helpful!
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Dec 31, 2013

Kale is the new kale. This book is full of inspiration to integrate kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage into more of your recipes. The brassicas have all sorts of benefits, they are high in vitamins including A and K and are low in calories. However on their own they aren't always the tastiest. Overcooked and over seasoned they can be gloppy, funky, and highly dreadable. Laura Russell peps up the brassicas with all sorts of modern tricks from savory granola to grilling and plenty of heat. Kale is the new kale. This book is full of inspiration to integrate kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage into more of your recipes. The brassicas have all sorts of benefits, they are high in vitamins including A and K and are low in calories. However on their own they aren't always the tastiest. Overcooked and over seasoned they can be gloppy, funky, and highly dreadable. Laura Russell peps up the brassicas with all sorts of modern tricks from savory granola to grilling and plenty of heat. The recipes aren't always low calorie but they are delicious and often inventive. ...more
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Jul 20, 2014

4.5 Stars
A great cookbook for anyone wanting to introduce more green vegetables to a diet! This book is easy follow and not only includes some pictures but also simple but tasty recipes. The author has very informative sections on how to select the vegetables, the best way to prepare and store them, and includes substitutions as well. There's even a table of the recipes that let's the reader know whether the recipe is vegan, vegetarian, and if it's okay for specific food allergies. I have tried 4.5 Stars
A great cookbook for anyone wanting to introduce more green vegetables to a diet! This book is easy follow and not only includes some pictures but also simple but tasty recipes. The author has very informative sections on how to select the vegetables, the best way to prepare and store them, and includes substitutions as well. There's even a table of the recipes that let's the reader know whether the recipe is vegan, vegetarian, and if it's okay for specific food allergies. I have tried the one smoothie recipe and it's delicious! Cannot wait to try a few more. The only complaint I have is that I wanted more recipes (roughly 75-80 are in this book).

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. ...more
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Sep 12, 2014

i think it's better to think of this as a love poem to brassicas than it is to think of it as a cookbook. for the most part, the recipes aren't wowing me at every turn, but there is a lot of great information (basic, but thorough) about brassicas of all kinds, lovely photos, and fine writing. the recipes aren't overly simple or overly complicated and there's something there for everyone, but the introduction to the book makes it seem as though the author is trying to promote brassicas to an i think it's better to think of this as a love poem to brassicas than it is to think of it as a cookbook. for the most part, the recipes aren't wowing me at every turn, but there is a lot of great information (basic, but thorough) about brassicas of all kinds, lovely photos, and fine writing. the recipes aren't overly simple or overly complicated and there's something there for everyone, but the introduction to the book makes it seem as though the author is trying to promote brassicas to an unlearned audience, but the recipes suggest a more competent home cook, and I just feel that any home cook who is going to be interested in brussels sprouts with fig sauce is already going to know about brussels sprouts. in any case, it's clear the author loves the brassica family, and they're super trendy at the moment, and i'm not going to complain about people being too enthusiastic about leafy green vegetables, so it's ok by me. ...more
5

Jan 11, 2014

I was so excited when I saw Laura B. Russell's Brassicas because I have often wondered about different ways to cook cabbage, collards, and kale, and I love to shake things up and try new recipes. As a southerner, we usually cook our brassicas with pork, and throughout my weight loss journey, I have been on the hunt for delicious healthy recipes. One of my favorite aspects of the book was the inclusion of the flavor profile of each brassica which range from mild to pungent.

I tried out a few I was so excited when I saw Laura B. Russell's Brassicas because I have often wondered about different ways to cook cabbage, collards, and kale, and I love to shake things up and try new recipes. As a southerner, we usually cook our brassicas with pork, and throughout my weight loss journey, I have been on the hunt for delicious healthy recipes. One of my favorite aspects of the book was the inclusion of the flavor profile of each brassica which range from mild to pungent.

I tried out a few recipes from each section of the book. My favorite recipes from the book are the Citrusy Green Smoothie (reminds me of the Naked Brand Green Smoothie), the Indian Potato and Cauliflower Curry, the Roasted Cabbage Wedges with Lemon-Thyme Vinaigrette, the Spicy Soba Noodles with Wilted Watercress, the Garlicky Stir-Fried Bok Choy, and the Moroccan Turnip and Chickpea Braise. Every recipe that I tried was delicious and the instructions were easy to follow. I can't wait to buy this book.

I am a sucker for beautiful photographs, particularly in cookbooks, and I love all of Sang An's photography in this book.

I would recommend Brassicas to anyone who wants to try something new and people who are bored with eating these vegetables the same old way.

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!
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Aug 17, 2014

I'll admit, what first drew me to this book was the amazing photography. It was just so pretty! Thankfully, the content of the book matched up perfectly with the quality of the pictures. This is a fantastic cookbook of leafy greens (ie brassicas). There are eighty recipes on how to cook the world's healthiest vegetables as well as short essays from renowned doctors and nutritionists on the importance of these veggies. There are also great summaries on the preparation, cutting, cleaning, and I'll admit, what first drew me to this book was the amazing photography. It was just so pretty! Thankfully, the content of the book matched up perfectly with the quality of the pictures. This is a fantastic cookbook of leafy greens (ie brassicas). There are eighty recipes on how to cook the world's healthiest vegetables as well as short essays from renowned doctors and nutritionists on the importance of these veggies. There are also great summaries on the preparation, cutting, cleaning, and cooking of these sometimes obscure greens.

Some of the vegetables included in this cookbook are: kale, broccoli, turnips, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, horseradish, and many more. Some of these vegetables sound intimidating or even bland but the author does a fantastic job of dispelling any rumors or bad thoughts on these misunderstood vegetables. The recipes included sound soo soo delightful. I grew up eating one, rooty mash. It is a fantastic mix of sweet potatoes (in my case regular potatoes) and kohlrabi that elevates mashed potatoes to something heavenly. Some other recipes I plan on trying soon are: colcannon with brussels sprout leaves, spicy kale fried rice, and roasted cabbage wedges.

All the recipes in this cookbook are gluten free and most are vegan or vegetarian, some include meat but there is almost always alternative ingredients listed to fit different dietary needs. This book is a great addition to any kitchen.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest, unbiased opinion. ...more
5

Jun 20, 2014

Title: Brassicas Cooking the World's Healthiest Vegetables - Kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and More
Author: Laura B Russell
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Published: 4-8-2014
ISBN: 9781607745716
E-Book: B00FUZR08K
Pages: 176
Genre: Food & Wine
Tags: Cookbooks, Special Diets, Gluten Free, Vegetables & Vegetarian
Overall Rating: Great
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Reviewer: DelAnne


As most of my family will tell you I do enjoy a great steak, fried chicken, even a juicy pork chop, Title: Brassicas Cooking the World's Healthiest Vegetables - Kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and More
Author: Laura B Russell
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Published: 4-8-2014
ISBN: 9781607745716
E-Book: B00FUZR08K
Pages: 176
Genre: Food & Wine
Tags: Cookbooks, Special Diets, Gluten Free, Vegetables & Vegetarian
Overall Rating: Great
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Reviewer: DelAnne


As most of my family will tell you I do enjoy a great steak, fried chicken, even a juicy pork chop, but they will also tell you I gravitate to the vegetables on the table first. There are few I will not eat if prepared well and have a good flavor. Although I must admit I too had to venture out of my normal comfort zone and try a few new vegetables and found I actually liked them. One of them is Kohlrabi the other Rutabaga, even though I have had it before it was not an experience I wanted to repeat, my family shamed me into trying it a least one more time. I was won over with the Roasted Rutabagas With Rosemary And Thyme. Delicious does not begin to describe how great it was.


With many added extras Brassicas is a cookbook that needs to be added to any cook's library looking for some new ways to tempt your picky eaters from trying to hide their vegetables and eat them instead.
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Apr 18, 2014

Brassicas are any plant within the mustard family including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages and Brussels sprouts. "Ounce for ounce brassicas contain more healing properties than any other branch of food." This cookbook delivers tasty ways to serve up these nutritionally packed foods.
In the introduction there are a variety of cooking tips for plants in this family, including which plants have mild, bold or peppery tastes, how to pair them with other ingredients and how to prepare them for Brassicas are any plant within the mustard family including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages and Brussels sprouts. "Ounce for ounce brassicas contain more healing properties than any other branch of food." This cookbook delivers tasty ways to serve up these nutritionally packed foods.
In the introduction there are a variety of cooking tips for plants in this family, including which plants have mild, bold or peppery tastes, how to pair them with other ingredients and how to prepare them for cooking.

The recipe sections of this book are categorized by type of plant: Kale, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage, Broccoli, Leafy Brassicas, Asian Brassicas and Root Brassicas and Kohlrabi. Since some of these plants are just starting to come into season in my area, I loaded up at the farmers market and tried out some recipes. I love cauliflower, and it really is underrated. I tried out the super simple Roman Cauliflower Saute with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and cheese. This was very simple, quick and tasty. Brussels sprouts are another favorite of mine. The Brussels Sprouts with Parmesean Crust is very similar to how I usually prepare sprouts, with the addition of white wine vinegar which turned out well. There are a lot of different things to do with broccoli, so I tried out the Lemony Broccoli Chop, which is sort of like a slaw. It was definitely a different flavor palate than I am used to, very Mediterranean, but good.

Overall, this is a good collection of fairly simple recipes to spice up your cruciferous vegetables. If you are looking for something different to do with your broccoli and sprouts, or if you would like to eat healthier but tastier, you should check out Brassicas.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review. ...more
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Jul 11, 2014

Raise your hand if you're 100% certain that you have more than enough greens in your diet.

Yeah, me neither.

Brassicas: Cooking the World's Healthiest Vegetables, the new cookbook from Oregonian Food Day writer Laura B. Russell, is on a mission to change your answer to that question. It just might change mine.

I tried a couple of recipes, and am eager to tackle others. The Kale & Sweet Potato Saute on page 27 required serious patience in the first step (slow cooking 1/2" cubes of sweet potato,) Raise your hand if you're 100% certain that you have more than enough greens in your diet.

Yeah, me neither.

Brassicas: Cooking the World's Healthiest Vegetables, the new cookbook from Oregonian Food Day writer Laura B. Russell, is on a mission to change your answer to that question. It just might change mine.

I tried a couple of recipes, and am eager to tackle others. The Kale & Sweet Potato Saute on page 27 required serious patience in the first step (slow cooking 1/2" cubes of sweet potato,) but proceeded quickly with the second step (sauteing shredded kale.) Though I used much more than 2 tablespoons of olive oil and not quite as much chili powder as recommended, this recipe could easily become a standard around here. This works as a side dish, in a corn tortilla and, as recommended by the author, with a fried egg for breakfast.

If there's a mention of ginger in a recipe, I'm usually interested; it's the one type of 'heat' in a spice that I enjoy. The bok choy and crystallized ginger Waldorf salad sounded like a fun spin on an old-school classic, so I tried it out.

Dear god in heaven, it's awesome!

That first bite sparkled - lemon, crunch, pecan, and just a hint of ginger. I would even be inclined to kick the ginger up a few notches with ginger syrup.

The bok choy hides backstage in this recipe, under wraps with the greek yogurt and itsy bitsy amount of mayonnaise. Do take the time to let the bok choy mix with salt (and then carefully drying with a kitchen towel) as it definitely made a difference in the amount of liquid in the bottom of the dish.

Pick up a copy of Brassicas and prepare to make kale, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, arugula, cress, bok choy, chinese broccoli, mizuna, napa cabbage, tatsoi, radish, turnip, rudabaga, horseradish, wasabi, and kohlrabi your new best food friends.

No, really, they're ALL brassicas. Plenty to choose from! Take a look at Chapter One here.

P.S. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review. This review also appeared on www.cookbookfetish.com.
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Jun 18, 2014

For ethical and health reasons, my wife and I eat vegetarian/pescatarian. We’re always looking for new cookbooks—especially those that can help us turn simple greens into multi-flavored deliverers of deliciousness. Whether or not you’re working your way to a vegetarian diet, Laura B. Russell’s Brassicas is a great cookbook to place on your shelf of basic cooking references.

Brassicas is actually more than a cookbook. It’s a reference guide to a wide range of vegetables packed with nutrients and For ethical and health reasons, my wife and I eat vegetarian/pescatarian. We’re always looking for new cookbooks—especially those that can help us turn simple greens into multi-flavored deliverers of deliciousness. Whether or not you’re working your way to a vegetarian diet, Laura B. Russell’s Brassicas is a great cookbook to place on your shelf of basic cooking references.

Brassicas is actually more than a cookbook. It’s a reference guide to a wide range of vegetables packed with nutrients and phytochemicals galore. The book begins by defining brassicas (you may be more familiar with their other name: cruciferous vegetables) and giving basic info about preparation, storing, and developing your own ability to improvise in the kitchen using these veggies. The subsequent chapters focus on particular types of brassicas—kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage—and begin with general tips for cooking with these veggies.

Then there are the recipes. Some of them are very basic and won’t be necessary for experienced cooks, but there are lots of interesting/unusual ones as well. Earlier this week I made Brassica‘s grilled baby bok choy with miso butter for our dinner. I’m used to grilling many fruits and vegetables, but had never thought of grilling leafy greens like bok choy. The mix of flavors and textures was a delight: soft, wilted leaves, crisp stems, crunchy charred bits, all topped off by the sour-salty tang of miso. The directions were absolutely clear, making prep and cooking easy.

I’ve got a long list of other recipes I want to try soon: Brussels sprout leaves with lemony yogurt dressing (which also involves fresh mint and pistachios); five-spice red cabbage salad; roasted broccolini with winey mushrooms, and watcress salad with ginger carrot dressing, to name a few.

Not every recipe is accompanied by a photo, but the photos that are included are beautiful—the sort of thing I call “food porn” because of the way it gets me salivating. The reference sections also include useful line drawings illustrating prep techniques. This is a great book to help you on your way to a better (and delicious-er) diet. ...more
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Feb 17, 2014

Early this year I was researching what the different traits of various fruits and veggies. This project took a few days and I ended up with vast list of foods that and the associated nutrients and also which foods were considered "cleansing foods". Top on the list for cleansing foods were cruciferous veggies - that is what brassicas are. Doing a quick online search I discovered that cruciferous vegetables are vegetables from the family named brassicaceae. What types of veggies are considered Early this year I was researching what the different traits of various fruits and veggies. This project took a few days and I ended up with vast list of foods that and the associated nutrients and also which foods were considered "cleansing foods". Top on the list for cleansing foods were cruciferous veggies - that is what brassicas are. Doing a quick online search I discovered that cruciferous vegetables are vegetables from the family named brassicaceae. What types of veggies are considered brassicas? Leafy and crunchy foods like Kale, Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Bok Choy, Cabbage, etc.

Brassicas deep dives into eating a diet rich in cruciferous vegatables. Early in the book the author breaks down various brassicas into the following flavor profiles: Mild, Stronger, Peppery, Pungent. The author then covers quite a bit on food preparation, cooking techniques and seasoning before moving into recipes.

The recipes are varied and unique. I am not vegan or vegetarian but this book does offer enough variety where it seems much less difficult to move in this direction. I normally follow recipe books for ideas but do not follow exactly. I do look forward to trying a few of these however - the dishes are so different, colorful and tasty looking.

If there is one thing I would change in this book it would be to include more photos - although there are many pictures, but not every recipe includes a photo. I find it extremely helpful when each recipe is accompanied by a photo so that was a small disappointment, especially as many of the veggies used are uncommon.

In addition to the variety of recipes included, another thing I love about the book is a table at the back of the book before the index. This table lists each recipe with a checklist that indicates whether or not the recipe is vegan or vegetarian (or neither) or if it is dairy free, gluten free, soy free, etc. For those on a restricted diet, this would be very helpful.

This recipe book is unique and will appeal to many!

Disclosure: I received a free early advance reader copy for review purposes. I was not required to write a review nor was I required to write a positive review. ...more
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Jul 09, 2015

I’m thankful for a review copy of a book that allowed me to learn about Brassicas veggies and change my view of vegetable altogether. This author has opened up a whole new world of veggies to me and my family that are wonderful for your body, and with a few techniques and knowledge under my belt, will become frequent visitors to my dinner table.

The author explains, Brassicas belong to the family of plants known as Brassacaenearly every part of the plant within this sprawling botanical clan is I’m thankful for a review copy of a book that allowed me to learn about Brassicas veggies and change my view of vegetable altogether. This author has opened up a whole new world of veggies to me and my family that are wonderful for your body, and with a few techniques and knowledge under my belt, will become frequent visitors to my dinner table.

The author explains, Brassicas belong to the family of plants known as Brassacaenearly every part of the plant within this sprawling botanical clan is used for food: roots (radishes), stem buds (Brussel sprouts), sprouts, and seeds (mustard).
Sadly, brassicas as a whole have an unwarranted reputation for having strong flavors and smells. Yes, some of them can overwhelm any other vegetable in the kitchen.

When I was growing up veggies were boiled or steamed to death; leaving them pale in color, mushy and undesirable. The author not only includes nutritional information but other important information about how to pick veggies, prepare and serve them for maximum taste and nutrition. I learned so much.

The author created a Flavor Profile chart of all these veggies which I found helpful under the heading, Cooking the Worlds healthiest veggies: Kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussel, sprouts and more. There are 8 or so different veggies in each category. The list veggies under their different flavors: mild, stronger, peppery, and pungent.

The next section is, Taming the Beast: Turning bold flavors into tasty dishes. The author states; The first rule when cooking boldly flavored veggies is never to equate the words strong or bitter with unpleasant. When properly handled, these flavors will add excitement to your plate rather than overwhelm their neighbors. You just need to plan. Here are my three go-to strategies: balance find a counter point to balance the flavors, match bold with bold, or add heat. : 1. Balance creating the correct blend for the best taste. 2. Bold on Bold. Sometimes the best way to compliment assertive flavors is to stand right up to them, and create bold on bold flavor. 3. Heat mellows harsh edges. The author had another helpful chart it has a list of Universal Pairing: Brassicas Best Friends! Helping readers implement her three strategies.

The next section was beneficial to be too. It was called Selection, Storage Prep-tips. This part talks about how to pick out veggies, how to store them in order to keep them vibrant and what you need to do to prepare them for a tasty meal.

How to Wash you Greens was next. The author instructs readers on how important this step is for flavor and your health. She states that brassicas veggies have more dirt that needs to be washed away before eating.


Another helpful section, Techniques to make Brassicas Shine. Here the author discusses different ways to bring out the best flavor for each veggie; making them shine by using different methods of cooking. Example roasted, sautéed, stir-fried, grilled, moist-hearty cooking, wilting, pickled and raw.

I tried four recipes in this book Broccoli & Pepper Jack Frittata, Chaired Brussels, Spicy Kale Fried Rice and Caldo Verde. My family really liked them all. They loved the Caldo Verde so much it was all gone by the end of our meal. My oldest son said, Mom this is amazing!

The recipes had easy to find ingredients, clear instructions that helped me get yummy results. It was great to see my family eat their veggies and not complain about it. This hard back book had beautiful color pictures throughout. At the end the author talked about, Brassicas and your health; Special Issues and Special Diets. Which included Gluten Free diets.

I highly recommend this cook book filled with great information and yummy recipes; your family will love. It’s for the experienced cook and a newbie like me. You'll feel great about them eating their veggies and watching them enjoying something so healthy!

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Mar 23, 2019

I adore oddly specific cookbooks because I know I’ll find some truly unique recipes and brand new ideas for the featured ingredients. This one had a slew of tasty options that I’ll be happy to try.
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Nov 27, 2017

I'm a health-oriented, plant-based cook. Too many of these recipes were meaty and high-fat for me.

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