April 30, 2013
Home Cooking: Vegetable Literacy
Been a while since I've had time to post anything to this blog thing I have going here that is hanging on by a thread. Just been too busy with other, arguably more important pursuits.
I did, however, recently pick up the new book, Vegetable Literacy, by renowned vegetarian chef, cookbook author, and scholar, Deborah Madison. Madison has been a player in the world of modern vegetarian cooking for 30 years and her new text aims to be a definitive guide for all things veggie. It's not so much a vegetarian cookbook as it is an encyclopedic tome on most aspects of the vegetable kingdom. It's 300+ pages of solid text that will leave you knowing more about vegetables than you ever though possible. There are a good number of excellent recipes in the book as well.
The oven-baked ricotta with bread crumbs was a bit of a revelation to me. Once the ricotta bakes for 20 minutes or so, it sets up firmly and you get a goat cheese-like consistency that can be spooned on sandwiches, crumbled over pasta, or just spread on a slice of baguette.