A veggie-lover’s dream! This cookbook takes us through the alphabet one vegetable at a time, with classics like potatoes to more unusual veggies like daikon. He even sneaks in a few fruits, like the tomato. V is for Vegetables is not expressly vegetarian, although some of the recipes certainly are.
Chef Michael Anthony brings his experiences abroad into many of his recipes, resulting in a rich blend of classic American dishes with more exotic fusions. He provides pleasant introductions to each vegetable, with entertaining narration, clear cooking explanations, and helpful tips and techniques. There are simple recipes with few ingredients, harder ones requiring a bit more skill and time, and a nice mix of recipes that function as main or side dishes.
There are mouthwatering photos and illustrations on every page, and although the book is large, it lays flat wherever you open it. I have tried a couple of the recipes; both turned out great, and I would make them again. My only complaint is that I like to have the prep and cook time listed, as well as nutritional information, but Anthony only provides serving information. Overall, V is for Vegetables offers a balanced selection that anyone looking to liven up their vegetable world can benefit from.