I’m not gonna lie. I had never heard of salsify and I’ve never cooked — or eaten — a rutabaga. This despite having been a vegetarian since 1979. Then along comes Diane Morgan‘s wonderful cookbook/compendium Roots (put out by the incomparable Chronicle Books) and my veggie world was rocked.
This book is an amazing compendium of all veggies whose best bits are underground. Each chapter is devoted to a root and opens with basic info about its nutrition, basic use and preparation, and varieties, as well as a little history and lore. (Andean tubers, for instance, were cultivated by the Incans and are the second most economically tuber crop in the area after the potato.) This is followed by delectable recipes. Roots covers the obvious — carrots, turnips and potatoes — as well as the lesser-known, such as lotus root, yuca and salsify and scorzonera. (And just so I don’t leave you hanging, salsify and scorzonera are native to the eastern Mediterranean and brought to North America in the late 18th century. Thomas Jefferson planted them at Monticello.)
Not sure if you want to win this cookbook? Maybe these photos will inspire you. Just leave a comment about your favorite root below. We’ll pick a random winner on Sunday. Good luck!
Tis the season of eating and feasting. I don’t what it’s like at your office but the closer it gets to Christmas, the harder it become to walk by a workspace without some kind of tantalizing homemade goody calling my name. Here’s a way to feel slightly better about your sweet baking this holiday season: Win your very own copy of Sweet & Easy Vegan by the incomparable Robin Asbell. (I swear by her cookbook, New Vegetarian. You can read my ode to that and get a recipe here.)
Anyway she has partnered with the fabulous Chronicle Books to make this vegan wonder that features treats made with whole grains and natural sweetners. I’m not say they’re non-caloric. I’m just saying they’re better for you in general for obvious reasons. The book helps show you that going vegan, even a few days a week, does not mean going without interesting food, specifically desserts and goodies in this particular book. Take these incredible pistachio crusted brownies ganache topping…..yeah, the book has those kind of recipes.
Need more convincing? Here’s the cover with some olive oil cupcakes with hazlenuts and gianduja cream. (I don’t know what that cream is but I want some right now!
Anyway, you can win this cookbook, either for yourself or some vegan you love. Just leave a comment and tell us about your sweet tooth. How sweet is it? We will pick a random winner on Sunday night and announce the winner on Monday. Good luck! And happy baking?
No, this is not a post about John, even though it is our second third wedding-commitment-whatever anniversary today.
(Did that “second third” part confuse you a bit? See, we celebrated twice. Once in a windy woodsy park with our California friends and family, and once between days of epic rain in the backyard of the house I grew up in with all the rest of the folks we love. The first was three Aprils ago and the second was three (3? 3!) years ago today. Although, if you ask John, our anniversary is in November–because the man simply cannot be expected to respect such arbitrary concretes as a calendar–so maybe we’ll have a third third anniversary then, too. But I digress. BIG TIME. Onward.)
So, it’s that time of the year when two of our favorite things come together: gift giving and meal sharing. These aren’t wholly separate entities either. Preparing a meal for people you love is nothing if not a gift and so, too, is receiving their satisfaction as they scrape their plates clean. The generosity of spirit that seeps through food–whether taking the time to nourish yourself, spending the weekend in the kitchen baking cookies for neighbors, or sitting down at a meal lovingly prepared by another for you–comes to the fore in the holiday season as we remember to pause and take stock of our good fortune which can be so easily obscured during the daily grind of the rest of the year.
Regular readers know Rachel and I are fans of Bakerella, the Cake Pop Queen. We first wrote about her as a Blogs That Make Us Hungry feature here and last week, I publicly embarrassed myself chronicling my own cake pop flop here.
But my failure as a cake pop star should not be taken as the norm. If you love Bakerella and desperately want to learn how to make cake pops in your very own home, this could be your lucky week. Just leave a comment with your email about why you want to make cake pops and we’ll choose one lucky winner to receive Cake Pops, Tips, Tricks and Recipes for More than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats from Chronicle Books. My own inadequacies aside, the book is filled with helpful directions and pictures to ensure that you are a cake pop star and the envy of all you see. Let the giveaway begin!