January 12, 2017

Book Review: Power Vegetables

Lucky Peach Presents Power Vegetables: Turbocharged Recipes for Vegetables with Guts, by Peter Meehan and the editors of Lucky Peach is a vegetable-focused cookbook.

This book is divided into eight sections, which includes the following: Starters, Salads, Pies and the Like, Soups/Soupy, Ensembles Players, Mains, Mainly Potatoes, and Bread and Cake.

There slightly over 100 recipes, and a selection of the recipes are Hummus, Leeks Vinaigrette Terrine, Tabbouleh, Caesar Salad, Buffalo Cucumbers, Snap Peas with Buttermilk and Chives, Celery Salad, Tomato Pie,  Quiche Lorraine, Zucchini Pizza, Carrot-Juice Curry, French Onion Soup, Mushroom Mapo Tofu, Asparagus Like a Steak, Roasted Vegetables with Fish Sauce Vinaigrette, Fran's Stuffed Artichokes, Sweet Potato Burritos, Falafel, Eggplant Marinara, Turnips Garlic and Anchovies, Jerusalem Artichokes with Ketchup, Carrot Cake, Potato Rosemary Bread, and Parsnip Cake.

There are plenty of full-color photographs corresponding with the recipes, yet some photographs, including the front and back covers, are quite unusual.

Also, this book features mini-interviews with chefs. On page 10, the author shared that "you will notice there are four spots in the book where we stop with the relentless recipeness of it all and talk to some chefs about what a power vegetable is to them. David Chang, Brooks Headley, Julia Goldberg, Jessica Koslow, and Ivan Orkin all weigh in."

In the Introduction, Meehan wrote, "The idea of what constituted a power vegetable mutated over time.... The biggest and most important change is that meat is gone." However, this isn't entirely accurate, since this book is geared more towards semi-vegetarians, pescatarians, or carnivores wanting to introduce more vegetables in their diet. 

Despite the title of Power Vegetables, this is definitely not a vegetarian cookbook. However, there are vegetarian (and even vegan) recipes included, but it's not a recommended cookbook for vegetarians.

Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.  

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