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Subject: Any recommendations for cookbooks for veggies and stews?
Date Posted: 11/5/2013 3:13 PM ET
Member Since: 3/10/2011
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I need some recommendations for a gift for my brother-in-law.  I think he would enjoy a book about vegetable gardening or a cookbook for vegetables. He has had a vegetable garden for two summers, and he loves cooking what he has grown.  He also likes to make soups and stews. He can prepare soup on the weekend and have food for several days. He works so many hours he doesn't have time to cook every night, but he really likes to cook.  Anyone know of a cookbook that would hit all these bases?  I'd love to find something that maybe combines ideas for veggie gardening with recipes for using what you've grown.  Any ideas will be greatly appreciated -- Christmas is gonna be here before I'm ready!  :)



Last Edited on: 11/5/13 3:21 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/7/2013 8:49 PM ET
Member Since: 7/10/2011
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I have Williams Sonoma book called Soup, which has some wonderful soup recipes.  Williams Sonoma has another one that I haven't read (but how can you go wrong with WS?) called Soup of the Day which might be more what you are looking for.  I have never met a WS book I didn't like, LOL!!  I also have a Fix it and Forget it book on slow cookers, seems like their Fix and Forget It Vegetarian Soups and Stews might fit the bill too.  Hope that helps.  I have all my books packed up right now due to new carpet going in the library tomorrow.  When I unpack again, I'll post if I see anything else that might be helpful.  Let us know what you decide on.

Date Posted: 11/23/2013 7:38 PM ET
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Carole, Thanks for all the great suggestions!  I did lots of searching and finally ordered a copy of Serving Up the Harvest: Celebrating the Goodness of Fresh Vegetables by Andrea Chesman (this is an Amazon link, because there's so much more info there).  Judging by the descriptions, reviews and the "Look Inside" feature, it covers all the bases I was hoping for.  The veggies are organized by growing season, and a look through the index shows that each veggie's section includes hints on things like growing, storing, cooking times, cooking notes, history, and medicinal properties, as well as recipes.  At 512 pages, I should think it would be a fantastic reference book as well as a pretty serious cookbook (175 recipes).  The soup and stew sections in the index are a bit small, so once I receive it and have a chance to look through it, I may end up getting a soup and stew book as well (maybe birthday...).  But I'm thinking this ought to be a great start.  Looks like it would be great for CSA's, home gardeners, and farmer's market shoppers.  After looking through it, I may have to get copies for myself and my sister, too!  I'll post again if it turns out to be a disappointment.  :)

Date Posted: 11/24/2013 9:01 AM ET
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Sounds like you found exactly what you are looking for!  Looks like a great book, I might need one too.