Nowadays it seems that if I have a vegetable ingredient and I want to find a recipe to use it, I can just do a search on the Internet and find a dozen interesting possibilities in five minutes. However, there’s still something about having an actual cookbook on hand that I can bring into the kitchen and spill on, and that I can trust because I’ve tried the author’s recipes.
Let’s share in the comments. Do you still use printed cookbooks, or are you all about the web? What’s your favorite cookbook for vegetable recipes? Do you have a favorite recipe from that book? Is there a blog or website you prefer for online recipes?
I’ll start. It’s hard to choose, but the cookbook I turn to most when I’m trying to use up garden produce is Marian Morash’s The Victory Garden Cookbook, an adjunct to the old PBS show. It’s organized by primary ingredient, so you can look under spinach and find all the ways to use it, from the simple to the complex, with suggestions for other leafy greens that might substitute. Probably my favorite recipe is Sweet Potato-Chocolate Cake, a marbled bundt-pan cake with cooked and pureed sweet potato all through the batter, half of which is flavored with melted chocolate. I will probably make this for our annual MG holiday party (unless I make chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds. Any MoCo MGs dropping by can vote).
Alas, it is out of print, but used copies can be found – Bookfinder tells me it can be had for as little as $16.41. Or you could check libraries.