The Book of Greens - Jenn Louis

5 Star!

For any home cook who is stuck in a “three-green rut”—who wants to cook healthy, delicious, vegetable-focused meals, but is tired of predictable salads with kale, lettuce, cabbage, and the other usual suspects—The Book of Greens has the solution. Chef Jenn Louis has compiled more than 175 recipes for simple, show-stopping fare, from snacks to soups to mains (and even breakfast and dessert) that will inspire you to reach for new greens at the farmers’ market, or use your old standbys in totally fresh ways. Organized alphabetically by green, each entry features information on seasonality, nutrition, and prep and storage tips, along with recipes like Grilled Cabbage with Miso and Lime, Radish Greens and Mango Smoothie, and Pasta Dough with Tomato Leaves.

JENN LOUIS is chef/owner of the celebrated Lincoln restaurant in Portland, Oregon. A Food & Wine Best New Chef and a James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for Best Chef: Northwest, Louis’ culinary career spans nearly two decades. Her first cookbook, Pasta by Hand: A Collection of Italy’s Small Pasta Shapes and Dumplings (Chronicle) was a finalist for the 2016 IACP Award for Best Single Subject Cookbook, and her second, The Book Of Greens (Ten Speed Press) will publish in the spring of 2017 as an encyclopedic guide to the world of greens. When not in the kitchen, Louis can be found traveling the globe, teaching cooking classes, playing the drums or spending time with her two cats.

With - KATHLEEN SQUIRES is a freelance food writer whose work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Saveur, National Geographic Traveler, Time Out New York, and New York Magazine.

Visit her FABULOUS website - HERE 

What an amazing and original cookbook! A whole cook book dedicated just to greens. I am a vegetarian and I love my "greens" - in salads, in wraps, cooked, roasted - whatever. But there were some new ones even for me in here! I like that. It makes me want to try new things.

The way this book is arranged is interesting as well. It is alphabetical by name - Bok Choy, Broccoli Rabe, Brussels sprouts... so what ever you are looking for you can easily find it. But, wait! - also in the Table of contents they are listed by name and by recipe type as well - Starters and Snacks, Salads and Sides, Soups, etc. this is equally great. So if you are looking for a certain type of green or a certain type of dish, you can find one! And then in the back of the book there is a section labeled Larder - sauces, dips, etc.

Here are a few that I have flagged -
Kulcha with celtuce (its an Indian flat bread)
Summer veg. minestrone
Mustard green pancakes

Here's a few pictures -

So with summer coming on, and gardens planted, and the farmer's markets being open - you have no excuse! Get those greens and try this cook book!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving an audio copy of this book BookLook BloggersThank You!

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  1. I've been seeking more vegetarian recipes lately. So this book sounds excellent.

  2. Hi there, this looks like a goodie. Please bring this over to Books You Loved: June. Cheers from Carole's Chatter


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