Vegetable Literacy | THE magazine - April 30, 2013

Deborah Madison's newest book will prove a treat for both vegetarians and the vegetable-reluctant

Photo: Patrick McFarlin

Our New Mexico neighbor Deborah Madison knows how to cook a potato. And an eggplant. And, for that matter, she’s skilled at preparing endives, wild onions, artichoke stems, kohlrabi, sorrel,and cardoons, too. If it has roots in the ground and green stuff in the air, Madison has figured out how to incorporate it into a dish worthy of the finest table. Madison’s newest book, "Vegetable Literacy" (Ten Speed Press, $40), is a recipe collection, a handy reference guide and a stunning coffee-table book. There are more than 300 recipes to try, ranging from homey to haute, and if you ever pick up a U.F.O. (unidentified frying object) at the Farmers Market, Madison’s book will tell you what it is, where it came from, and how to cook it. Plus, the photographs by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton are nothing short of food porn. This book will prove a treat for both vegetarians and the vegetable-reluctant.