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Book review: The Kitchen Garden Cookbook

The Kitchen Garden Cookbook
More than 200 Recipes, picking and cooking tips, preserving ideas
Editor-in-Chief: Caroline Bretherton

For gardeners, the harvest can produce as many questions as crops. What do you do with prolific peas? How do you jazz up jam? And how do you extend your bounty when you don’t have a freezer? The Kitchen Garden Cookbook provides delicious and innovative ways to use your yield, whether you eat it that night or preserve it for the long, gardenless winter ahead.

Organized by crop within season, you’ll never be at a loss for ideas when your vegetable patch delivers. Easy yet innovative recipes draw on a wide range of influences and cover every meal. Start your day with pea pancakes, lunch on creamy spinach and rosemary soup, jazz up dinner with a side of onion bhaji and wash it all down with fresh mint cordial. There are also fantastic fritters, creative salads and more preserve ideas than you can shake a tomato steak at.

Several pages, each with step-by-step photos, offer harvesting, preserving and freezing techniques. Vinegars, syrups and brandied fruits are just some of the creative ways you can enjoy your harvest long after the growing season ends.

What makes this book unique
Intriguing but not overly complex options that allow you to enjoy your efforts right away or months down the road. With Spicy Honeyed Chicken with Chile Greens on the menu and Ripe Fig & Vanilla Jam calling from the pantry, winter might not be that bad.

Price: $24.95
Publisher: DK Publishing

Charmian Christie is an avid gardener and home cook. When she's not digging in the dirt, she's charting her culinary adventures on her blog, Christie's Corner.


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