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The Williams-Sonoma Collection: Vegetable [Hardcover]

By Marlena Spieler (Author), Chuck Williams (Editor) & Marlena Spieler (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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What can compare to the flavor of seasonal vegetables picked and cooked at their peak of ripeness? "Vegetable" offers more than 40 recipes, organized by season, that bring out the best in nature's bounty for any occasion. Color photos.

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A medley of spring mushrooms roasted with garlic and pine nuts. Grilled summer corn on the cob with chile-lime butter. Sauteed shallots in a velvety red wine sauce. What compares to the flavor of seasonal vegetables picked and cooked at their peak of ripeness?
Williams-Sonoma Collection "Vegetable" offers more than 40 recipes, organized by season to assist you in selecting the perfect vegetable dishes to serve year-round. Whether you are in search of a delicious way to make fava beans in the springtime or need a savory preparation for carrots when cold weather arrives, in these pages you'll find a recipe that brings out the best in vegetables for any occasion. A chapter of hearty main dishes will inspire you to make vegetables the star of your dinner table, while a selection of classics -- including a delightfully rich potato gratin -- completes the collection.
Full-color photographs of each recipe make it easy to choose which to prepare, and each dish is accompanied by a photographic side note that highlights a cooking technique or ingredient, making "Vegetable" more than a simple collection of recipes. A comprehensive basics section and glossary fill in all you need to know to create an enticing combination of flavors, textures, and colors the next time you prepare vegetables.
Fresh, crisp, and bursting with color and flavor, vegetables embody the changing of the seasons more than any other food. From tender spring peas to rich, creamy-textured winter squash, we look forward to their arrival in the market year after year.
Williams-Sonoma Collection "Vegetable" offers more than 40 delicious recipes, including both the classics and fresh new ideas. In these pages, you'll find versatile vegetable dishes for every season and every occasion -- from a late summer lunch to a midwinter dinner party. This vibrantly photographed, full-color recipe collection promises to become an essential addition to your kitchen bookshelf.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Free Press
Pages   119
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 8.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.55 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 5, 2002
Publisher   Free Press
ISBN  0743226410  
ISBN13  9780743226417  

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More About Marlena Spieler & Chuck Williams

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Marlena Spieler is the author of over 50 cookbooks published worldwide, including Grilled Cheese, and has written for Bon App tit and Saveur. She writes the San Francisco Chronicle award-winning food column "The Roving Feast" and is a three-time James Beard nominee. Born in Sacramento, California, she lives in Hampshire, England.
Noel Barnhurst is a San Francisco based photographer whose work has appeared in Bon App tit and Fine Cooking.

Marlena Spieler currently resides in London.

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A great way to jazz up those boring side dishes!  Aug 18, 2007
I really like this book. My #1 suggestion is to try the Grilled Corn with Chile-Lime Butter! It absolutely is the BEST corn on the cob you will ever eat. My husband doesn't even order corn when we go out because he says it doesn't compare to what I make at home.
YUM,....VEGGIES,...  Mar 29, 2006
versatile veggie book  Dec 10, 2004
This book is easy to follow and has gorgeous pictures, so if you want one for beginners or for browsing pleasures this is it.
In terms of recipes the book focuses mostly on side dishes, with the French or Italian-inspired dishes appearing to be the strongest. The Asian-inspired dishes seemed to be rather standard, though that may be because I am much pickier about the latter. The risotto recipes are very good, and most of the side dishes are pretty decent. So I would definitely get this book for quick side dish ideas that still has flavor but won't overtake the main dishes.
Similar to W-S "On the Side," though not quite as yummy  Jan 11, 2004
I got this book after enjoying Williams-Sonoma collection of vegetable side dishes, On The Side, for several years. It's similar (and fortunately doesn't rehash the same recipes, as I've seen them do in other collections), but I'm not sure these recipes will pry me away from my old favorites.

As with most Williams Sonoma cookbooks, there aren't a lot of recipes, but they're beautifully and appealingly photographed. The methodology is simple, which is particularly appreciated for side dishes (since your attention will probably be on fussing with the preparations for the main course).

Only seven of the recipes are for entrees, among them a butternut squash risotto, spanish omelet of potato, pepper and tomato, and veggie stir-fry with tofu. If you're a vegan, you probably have recipes for such things already (though these look pretty good - I haven't tried them). The book's strength is clearly as a "what shall we have with the roast?" solution, and it does a good job at answering that question. Organized by season, it offers both the obvious choices (simple sauteed eggplant, or fresh peas with mint) and more elaborate concoctions (jerusalem artichoke gratin, or shallots in red wine sauce).

Quite a few of these recipes look good (the shallots in red wine, in particular), but I don't think this book will cause me to shove my old On The Side to the back corner of the cookbook rack.


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