Book review: Leafy Greens.

Leafy Greens:  An A-Z Guide to 30 Types of Greens Plus More Than 120 Delicious Recipes – Mark Bittman (2012, John Riley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey)

Got a lot of kale and spinach in your garden right now?  Sick of plunking it into green smoothies and the umpteenth frittata?  Then, this book is for you!

If you’re interested in growing and cooking with green leafy veggies, Bittman’s book will give you loads of good information about how to get started…plus, the recipes seem really accessible and easy to follow (read:  no crazy specialty store ingredients and complicated procedures).  Covering everything from amaranth to watercress, Leafy Greens serves up soups (Sorrel and Potato, Spinach and Lentil, Corn and Kale, or Coconut Curry with Chard…mmmmm), side dishes (Pickled Bok Choi, Spinach in Coconut Milk, Dandelion with Toasted Garlic and Lemon, Grilled Radicchio), light mains (Risotto with Arugula and Shrimp, Spinach Gnocchi, and Swiss Chard Pie) and mains proper, including Grilled Mesclun-stuffed Tuna Steaks and Lasagna with Endive and Radicchio.  Of course, there are also SALADS!  😉

While there are no photographs in this book, which irritates me in a cookbook title, I do love the clean space and pretty fonts…they somehow make the book even easier to digest.   I have a whole pile o’spinach in the fridge right now, so I’m off to try the Spinach Tossed with Lime and Chiles!

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