Some of you may know that one of my favorite pastimes besides reading is cooking. I have gotten a few cookbooks over the past several weeks, and I've been testing them by using one or two recipes from each. Which brings me to a dilemma- when you review a cookbook, how many recipes must you try before you can write a good review? Do you have to try any? Or all? I usually try a couple and then base most of my review on the set-up of the book- the ease with which I can find important information. So... hopefully that works for you, too! These are pretty short reviews, so I'm calling them reviewitas.
As a huge fan of the local farmers' market, I was so excited to get Fast, Fresh & Green! Unfortunately, as most vegetables aren't in season right now, I haven't been able to do much with this book quite yet. However, I am all set to use it through this summer and fall! In flipping through this book, I feel like it's well set-up. Almost all the dishes in here are sides. At least, I think they are as the book is not set up with "Appetizers/Mains/Sides" etc., the way that many traditional books are set up. Rather, it's set up by the way you cook the vegetables (sauteeing, braising, stir frying, etc). I like this book for emotional reasons. So many people are anti-vegetable. As I grew up in a household that was vegetarian probably 70% of the week, I find this fact very difficult to stomach (pun intended). And I can't help but think that people are anti-vegetable because they don't know how to cook them properly. So... here is a book that makes it so simple and has a lot of fantastic ideas on how to make vegetables a major part of your diet and enjoy them, too! There's way more to do than just steam them, I assure you.