The book, co-authored with award-winning food and nutrition journalist Kathleen Squires, is chockablock with recipes that range far beyond the usual suspects (goodbye kale salad, sayonara, slaws!), focusing instead on unusual greens and their delicious uses: tender young pea greens (featured atop a savory oat porridge with parmesan and a soft-boiled egg), aromatic herbs from the Mediterranean and Asia (featured in dishes like spicy clams with shiso butter), and the foliage of plants not typically thought of as edible, but perfectly safe to eat (tomato leaf, for one!).
You might have a hard time finding some of those ingredients in the supermarket, but do you know where you will find them? In your garden.
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This enticing, appetite-whetting cookbook doubles as a helpful prompt for gardeners who are itching to grow their herb garden beyond basil and thyme. The moment I started flipping through my copy, The Book of Greens sent me into a reverie of listmaking as I jotted down new ingredients I wanted to try in my garden this year.
That’s no accident, says Louis. “I was raised in Southern California where we always grew our own food. My parents instilled in my siblings and me an importance surrounding vegetables, knowing where our food came from, and eating what was available.”
The Book of Greens is a reminder of how wide the world of delicious plants can be—and gives us some easy, delicious ways to try them. “I understand that learning to buy, grow and cook new vegetables can be intimidating, so I hope that my book can serve as an accessible guide to put hesitant minds at ease and open people up to the possibilities,” Louis says. “I would encourage home gardeners now to think outside of the box. There are so many amazing ingredients out there that make cooking dynamic and exciting—and they're accessible and easy to grow.”
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Interested in adding some new flavors to your garden? Here are some herbs and vegetables to try.
Excerpts reprinted with permission from The Book of Greens, by Jenn Lous, copyright © 2017, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.