Book Review ? Melissa?s Great Book of Produce, by Cathy Thomas

November 8th, 2009 by Jean Duane

This book is well-named. It is GREAT! If you are looking for a new food to cook with, look no further. This book is chock-full of fruits and vegetables that will add a new dimension (and probably lots of nutrition) to your life. It is full of beautiful, appetizing color photos. Nick Noon?s photos will help you see fruits and veggies in a whole new light. Produce is displayed cut as well as whole, and different types are shown.

Melissa's Great Book of Produce

Melissa's Great Book of Produce

If you see something at the grocery store that you are unsure about how to use, this book tells you exactly how to peel, juice, cut, pare and prepare every produce item you may encounter. Presented in alphabetical order, it tells you whether or not it can be eaten raw, how to cook it, store it and common dishes it appears in. Nutritional information and serving suggestions are included.
The tomato, for example has many varieties. Each variety is described, and photos of many types are provided. Baked Tomatoes stuffed with Couscous is a lovely recipe and to make it gluten-free, simply use cooked quinoa instead of couscous.
Recipes are provided for many of items. One favorite is Ratatouille which features a colorful array of peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, fresh basil and eggplants. Armed with this book and a new fruit or vegetable, you can be adventurous by experimenting for months to come.
Melissa?s Great Book of Produce by Cathy Thomas, published by Wiley and is available wherever books are sold.
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