Cookbooks: Eating From the Ground Up

I the kind of cook who tucks vegetables into nearly everything I cook. My turkey chili always includes wilted Swiss chard. I prefer my eggs perched on a bed of sauteed spinach or zucchini. And if I’m making a sandwich, I pile it high with sliced cucumber, lettuce, and ribbons of carrot. This habit of mine doesn’t always thrill my husband (he grew up with a mother who was less of a produce pusher than mine), but after 10+ years together, he’s gotten used to it.

All that said, I confess to having a somewhat limited repertoire of vegetable dishes. I rotate through steaming, roasting, and sauting most things. This gets the job done, but can lead to a certain weariness. However, recently my vegetable cookery has received a much-needed shot in the arm.

This is all thanks to Alana Chernila’s gorgeous new book, Eating From the Ground Up. Many of you might be familiar with Alana’s previous books, The Homemade Pantry and The Homemade Kitchen, as well as her blog (it shares a name with this new book).

What I love about this book is that it tackles vegetables from a number of different directions, all with delicious results. The book opens with a section entitled Barely Recipes. These are ideal for busy weeknights, when you need to get dinner on the table and value speed and flavor.

After that, you’ll find A Pot of Soup (filling and deeply savory), Too Hot to Cook (perfect for deep summer, when it doesn’t take much to make a flavorful meal), Warmth and Comfort (many of these make a main dish out of veg), and the final chapter, Celebrations and Other Excuses to Eat With Your Hands (with a title like that, it needs no additional description).

This book should be on your shelf if you keep a backyard garden, shop farmers markets, subscribe to a CSA share, or simply love vegetables. It’s one that I know I’ll turn to again and again.

Thanks to Clarkson Potter, I have a copy of this lovely book to giveaway this week. Please use the widget below to enter.

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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book and the giveaway copy at no cost to me. No additional compensation was provided and all opinions are entirely my own.

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86 Responses to Cookbooks: Eating From the Ground Up

  1. 51
    Sandra says:

    Does spinach count? ‘Cause that’s my real favorite, though spring peas are a VERY close second.

  2. 52
    Sandy says:

    Roasted okra is a new favorite!

  3. 53
    Heather says:

    Bruschetta…olive oil toasted bread and tomatoes with new basil….yum

  4. 54
    Anna says:

    A fusion Vietnamese spring roll with lots and lots of herbs and veggies!

  5. 55
    ruth w vidunas says:

    I sure could use this shot in the stove

  6. 56
    Jill from Detroit says:

    Looks like a fantastic cookbook. Lately roasted cauliflower is a favorite.
    and always asparagus in season!

  7. 57
    Tina says:

    Looks like an amazing cookbook! Love the layout! Looking forward to fresh veggie season!

  8. 58
    Brighid says:

    My favorite spring vegetable dish is just steamed asparagus (or a tiny bit cooked in a shallow pan with water) and lemon juice/zest.

  9. 59
    Paola says:

    I love snap peas fiercely, perhaps because they’re only avaiable for a few weeks in spting… Thank you for the giveaway, and yay for another book by Alana!

  10. 60
    Elizabeth Hawley says:

    Sweet potato fries are my new favorite! Salt, pepper, olive oil!

  11. 61
    Melissa says:

    I have recently come to enjoy radishes. So crisp and fresh!

  12. 62
    Lynn says:

    My favorite vegetable dish depends on the season – cucumbers in a light sweet vinegar, roasted beets with thyme, asparagus in any preparation…

  13. 63
    WendP says:

    My favorite *first* thing in the garden is onion & garlic greens – mostly in my eggs, but also on homemade pizza and baked potatoes and whatever else. My favorite *vegetable* dish is pretty much anything with potatoes as the main ingredient.

  14. 64
    Kara says:

    Been following Alana for many years and am excited about her new book. As a CSA member, I enjoy cooking with the seasons. Roasted asparagus is probably my favorite spring vegetable and way to cook it.

  15. 65
    Annta E says:

    Asparagus, always asparagus. I peel the bottom of the stalk and barbecue or roast in the oven, usually diagonally slice and stir fry with a little lemon peel and dab of sesame seed oil.

  16. 66
    Lana says:

    French sliced green beans and onions sauteed in olive oil.

  17. 67
    Liz says:

    My favorite spring vegetable dish is sautéed spring onions, asparagus, and peas with pasta and some tahini, it’s really a great combination.

  18. 68
    Kathy R. says:

    I love sauteed fresh asparagus with pierogies in the Spring. This book looks very interesting. My Mom and I have been growing some different veggies in our garden and are always looking for ways to use them. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  19. 69

    Here in Maine, we’re fans of fiddleheads simply prepared with olive oil, sea salt and some red pepper flakes for a little heat and added color!

  20. 70
    Margaret says:

    I love steamed asparagus, with just Olive oil and a bit of salt. 🙂

  21. 71
    Kate says:

    I’ve waited for weeks for my asparagus bed to thaw – pretty soon we’ll be eating roasted or grilled.

  22. 72
    Carolsue says:

    I like sauteed asparagus with cherry tomatoes!

  23. 73
    Theresa Murphy says:

    I’m with you; I’m seem to always be eating the same vegetables, the same way. Would love to win this to change things up a bit. I have Alana’s other books and love them. This would be a great addition to my library. Thanks for the opportunity!

  24. 74
    Beth V. says:

    I was recently fortunate enough to win this cookbook from another blog. It is a beautiful book with Alana’s signature friendly and encouraging narrative. I wish your readers good luck!

  25. 75
    Priscilla says:

    I have her prior books and love them. This one looks amazing!

  26. 76
    Carol says:

    Sauteed asparagus or pepper & onions.

  27. 77
    Lydia Ruddy says:

    My favorite vegetable dish has got to be Greek Tomato and Cucumber Salad. Tomatoes, cucumber, olive oil, garlic powder, Greek oregano, salt and pepper. Simple, easy, and delicious.

  28. 78
    Susan doe says:

    Any vegetable roasted, but asparagus roasted with a little garlic and lemon is top on my list.

  29. 79
    Holly Croft says:

    My favorite carrot dish is either barely wilted spinach or asparagus and pea risotto. I also love a good bowl of mashed sweet potato and peanut butter and pecans for a quick breakfast.

  30. 80
    Jan Elmore says:

    I really love roasted carrots & brussel sprouts! They’re so sweet after roasting!

  31. 81
    Kim says:

    Fantastic cookbook!

  32. 82
    Shirl S says:

    always looking for new recipes for the harvest from the garden beds. It all looks so yummy!

  33. 83
    Samantha says:

    My favorite vegetable dish would be tabbouleh salad.

  34. 84
    Cassandra D says:

    I like deconstructed spinach manicotti.

  35. 85
    Karin Ross says:

    My favorite vegetable dishes are anything with spinach.

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