By Matt Wilkinson
Mr. Wilkinson’s Vegetables, released last winter, is a lush, creative cookbook that celebrates the flavor and versatility of vegetables by bringing them to the center of the table in more than 80 delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes.
A chef by training, Wilkinson writes about both gardening and cooking in an approachable way, while taking vegetables from the role of supporting cast to star status, he builds meals around vegetables that are in season, when they taste best, are most affordable, and are readily available. The book is filled with beautiful photography and vintage illustrations, making the vegetables look as good as they are good for you.
Mr. Wilkinson’s Vegetables is organized by the 26 vegetables most common in American gardens. Following a unique, page long introduction to each vegetable are recipes, tips about preparation, and explanations about technique. While many of the 80 plus dishes will appeal to vegetarians, there are plenty that incorporate meat. In all of them, Mr. Wilkinson’s vegetables definitely are the stars.
Reviewed by Whitney Gilchrist