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Bringing back a modern, accessible version of the kitchen garden as a way of life taps into the national appetite for eating locally and seasonally. Now, more than ever, people want healthy foods that are cost-effective and the satisfaction of growing their own food. This book gives anyone—whether living in the city, the suburbs, or the country—the inspiration to get invol Bringing back a modern, accessible version of the kitchen garden as a way of life taps into the national appetite for eating locally and seasonally. Now, more than ever, people want healthy foods that are cost-effective and the satisfaction of growing their own food. This book gives anyone—whether living in the city, the suburbs, or the country—the inspiration to get involved, live more sustainably, and use fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, and honey in irresistible ways. Succinct and simple instructions show you how to plan, plant, and make sure your herbs, fruits, and vegetables thrive; raise chickens for eggs; or keep bees for honey. The bulk of this cookbook focuses on fresh recipes and serving ideas to make the most of the fruits, vegetables, eggs, and honey you’ve produced through your own efforts.


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Bringing back a modern, accessible version of the kitchen garden as a way of life taps into the national appetite for eating locally and seasonally. Now, more than ever, people want healthy foods that are cost-effective and the satisfaction of growing their own food. This book gives anyone—whether living in the city, the suburbs, or the country—the inspiration to get invol Bringing back a modern, accessible version of the kitchen garden as a way of life taps into the national appetite for eating locally and seasonally. Now, more than ever, people want healthy foods that are cost-effective and the satisfaction of growing their own food. This book gives anyone—whether living in the city, the suburbs, or the country—the inspiration to get involved, live more sustainably, and use fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, and honey in irresistible ways. Succinct and simple instructions show you how to plan, plant, and make sure your herbs, fruits, and vegetables thrive; raise chickens for eggs; or keep bees for honey. The bulk of this cookbook focuses on fresh recipes and serving ideas to make the most of the fruits, vegetables, eggs, and honey you’ve produced through your own efforts.

51 review for The Kitchen Garden Cookbook: Fresh and simple meals from your own hands

  1. 5 out of 5

    MargaretDH

    This book combines recipes and gardening tips, with far more of the former. The gardening sections are not terribly useful. Kitchen gardening itself receives two and a half pages, each season gets a page, and chicken and beekeeping also get a few pages to themselves. Along with the seasonal information, Kelley gives some tips on growing common vegetables or fruits, followed by recipes using those vegetables. This advice more aspirational than informative. But I don’t fault Kelley for this. She li This book combines recipes and gardening tips, with far more of the former. The gardening sections are not terribly useful. Kitchen gardening itself receives two and a half pages, each season gets a page, and chicken and beekeeping also get a few pages to themselves. Along with the seasonal information, Kelley gives some tips on growing common vegetables or fruits, followed by recipes using those vegetables. This advice more aspirational than informative. But I don’t fault Kelley for this. She lives in Los Angeles, and it’s unreasonable to think that she (or anyone else) could write comprehensively about gardening for a range of climates within the confines of a book like this. Instead, the gardening discussions function more like encouragements to get people thinking about growing their own food. So if an apartment dweller wanted to plant a few pots of peas or tomatoes on their deck, this might be helpful, but beyond that, you’d need information more tailored for your climate and location. Instead the sections highlight seasonality and what food looks like before it gets to the grocery store. The recipes in this book are great though. They’re organized by season and vegetable, and inventive and fresh. They’re generally simple, and most of the ingredient lists are short. Some of recipes are riffs on the familiar, and others combine western techniques with Asian ingredients. Three Peas with Barley, Chile and Green Garlic has a quick dressing made with sambal oelek, soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil. I wouldn’t call the cooking level basic, but nothing in this book is too difficult. I had friends over for dinner this week and made Grilled Sausages and Squash with Sauce Verte (pg. 101) and Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint (pg. 88). The sauce verte was made with herbs, Dijon, garlic and capers and came together quickly. Summer squash can be insipid, and the grilling and bright sauce added a new dimension. The salad was cooling and delicious. I’ve had the classic combination of feta, watermelon and mint, but adding sweet tomatoes and crisp cucumbers added new layers. The fruit and honey sections also have some lovely looking desserts and cakes. I haven’t made any yet, but they look as appealing as everything else in the book. I have another of Kelley’s cookbooks, and thing I appreciate most about them is their enthusiasm for vegetables with a complete lack of health-talk. She presents the recipes as delicious – which they are - without preaching or advocating any particular diet or lifestyle. There are a lot of vegetarian and/or gluten-free recipes here, because Kelley lets vegetables speak for themselves. The only criticism I have of this book (and it’s barely a criticism) is that even though there’s a winter section, most of the recipes seem suited to warm weather and open windows. I received this book for Christmas, and now that the weather is warming up, I’m turning to it more and more.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Stunning illustrations. Do not look at this book while you're hungry! As a spring-time read, the dream size of my vegetable garden just grew monumentally. The book also makes eating healthy so attractive. I can highly recommend The Kitchen Garden Cookbook. Stunning illustrations. Do not look at this book while you're hungry! As a spring-time read, the dream size of my vegetable garden just grew monumentally. The book also makes eating healthy so attractive. I can highly recommend The Kitchen Garden Cookbook.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susie

    Great combo book of both growing food in a garden and recipes to use with the garden harvest.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I adore cookbooks with wonderful photos and yummy recipes. Plus gardening! Who could ask for more?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mrs.

    Beautiful photos, a lot of basic and a few new twists on eating from your garden.

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