Book Review: From Asparagus to Zucchini – A Guide to Cooking Seasonal Produce

Learn how to incorporate your fresh garden veggies into loads of tasty meals with this comprehensive seasonal produce cookbook.

Any gardener would agree that there’s nothing like amazing, fresh, ripe vegetables from your own garden! However, we must admit that there are times as a gardener when you are simply overwhelmed by all of the bounty your garden produces. (Late summer and fall come to mind!)

Whether you are swamped with zucchini, swimming in tomatoes, or fighting back the tides of cucumbers flooding your countertop, there are plenty of occasions when the veggies seem to be taking over the kitchen – and there’s nothing you can do about it!

Enter this awesome cookbook – From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce.

Whether you are overwhelmed with produce from your own garden, your CSA, or even a giant sale box of something you picked up at the farmer’s market, this book will help you figure out how to keep all of your garden-fresh bounty from going to waste.

This cookbook is meant to show you lots of great ways to use any vegetable you may find in your garden, market, or CSA box, from the common cauliflower to the rare kohlrabi and everything in between. It includes 420 recipes that are labeled as original, so you won’t find them replicated just like this elsewhere. The recipes include main dishes, soups, chilis, side dishes, snacks, and more – all using lots of fresh, healthy veggies.

With this cookbook, you will no longer be throwing out half your CSA box’s vegetables or ignoring certain stands at the farmer’s market because you have no idea what to do with chard or burdock!

You will be happy to explore every color of the rainbow with fresh, organic, seasonal produce no matter what time of year it is. In addition to the recipes, you also find a lot more in this cookbook, including the benefits of eating local, fresh produce, shopping at farmer’s markets, and reasons to eat more veggies. It will also teach you the basics of storing and prepping your vegetables so they can last even longer.

However, one thing to keep in mind is that not all of the ingredients in the recipes listed are necessarily healthy or fresh. For example,  you might find a recipe for a breaded vegetable dish that uses Bisquick, or another that asks for certain canned items. This can be a drawback for some people, but it can also show you the many ways to incorporate vegetables not just in fresh meals, but also in meals you may already be familiar with cooking. You’ll learn how to incorporate more vegetables into just about any type of meal.

If you enjoy having a lot of vegetables in your home, but tend to throw more of them away than you’d like because you don’t know how to use them in meals, this is the cookbook for you.

Check out From Asparagus to Zucchini for loads of great ideas for using your fresh veggies from the garden, CSA box, or farmer’s market!



Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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