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(some of which are technically fruits)

See also: Eat Your Garden, Fruits, Grains, Legumes, and Nuts, Farmers' Markets, Kitchen Garden

If you need some ideas on how to use seasonal produce, check out the "Seasonal Cooking" Section on Epicurious!

Selected Books

Atlas, Nava
Wild About Greens: 125 Delectable Vegan Recipes for Kale, Collards, Arugula, Bok Choy, and Other Leafy Veggies Everyone Loves
TX803.G74 A85 2012x
Kale, collards, spinach, Asian greens, and many more leafy greens, are a breeze to grow and prepare--and these 125 recipes showcase the most commonly used varieties in a wide selection of flavorful dishes.
The Best Vegetable Recipes: A Best Recipe Classic
q TX801.B4284 2007x
By the editors of Cook's illustrated (America's Test Kitchen)
The folks at Cook's Illustrated spent thousands of hours testing countless cooking techniques to find out which methods worked best for each of 350 different recipes for 53 vegetables.
Bittman, Mark
Leafy Greens: An A-to-Z Guide to 30 Types of Greens Plus More Than 120 Delicious Recipes
TX803.G74 B58 2012x
In this new reissue of Leafy Greens (1995), Bittman describes and explains more than 30 different types of greens - from arugula to kale to wakame (a sea vegetable) - and offers healthy recipes for each green along the way.
Boutenko, Victoria
Green for Life: The Updated Classic on Green Smoothie Nutrition
RA784.B6389 2010x
Green for Life details the health benefits of greens and suggests an easy way to consume them in sufficient quantities: the green smoothie.
Chesman, Andrea
Recipes from the Root Cellar: 250 Fresh Ways to Enjoy Winter Vegetables
TX715.C52456 2010
Traditionally root cellars were used to store long keepers such as winter squash, beets, potatoes, cabbages, rutabaga, salsify and other root vegetables. Root cellars permit one to eat locally in the winter when nothing is growing in Pittsburgh.
Culinary Institute of America
Vegetables: Recipes and Techniques from the World's Premier Culinary College
TX801.V42555 2007x
This complete collection features more than 150 recipes for soups, appetizers, salads, entrees, side dishes, and also includes a chapter devoted to sauces and relishes made from vegetables or perfect to serve with vegetables.
Estabrook, Barry
Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit
SB349.E88 2011x
In Tomatoland, which is based on his James Beard Award-winning article, "The Price of Tomatoes," investigative food journalist Barry Estabrook reveals the huge human and environmental cost of the $5 billion fresh tomato industry. Read more at NPR.
Grigson, Jane
Jane Grigson's Vegetable Book
TX837.G6746 2007
This new reprint of a classic by British food writer Jane Grigson (1928-1990) covers all sorts of vegetables, tropical (avocado and chayote) as well as English standards (parsnip - pasternak in Russian).
Kafka, Barbara
Vegetable Love
TX801.K33 2005
With more than 600 pages of information and recipes, this volume should cover all the vegetables that you grow in your garden, from tomatoes and potatoes to more esoteric vegetables like nopales, malokhei, and fava beans. Grouped by related vegetables, this book should appeal to the botanist in you.
Miles, Kristine
The Green Smoothie Bible: Super-Nutritious Drinks to Lose Weight, Boost Energy and Feel Great
TX840.B5 M55 2012x
If you worry about not eating enough fruits and vegetables, try them in liquid form. You can choose your smoothies based on what's in season or address particular health issues (bones and joints, cardiovascular health, cellular health, blood sugar, hormones, etc.).
Morgan, Diane
Roots: the definitive compendium with more than 225 recipes
TX801.M677 2012x
Discover the history of 29 major roots, their nutritional content and how to buy and store them, from the familiar (beets, carrots, potatoes) to the unfamiliar (jicama, salsify, malanga) to the practically unheard of (cassava, galangal, crosnes).
Peterson, James
TX801.P49 1998
This book covers the common vegetables and the not so common, like beet greens, collard greens, fennel, fiddlehead ferns, jerusalem artichokes, mustard greens, okra, rutabagas, salsify, sorrel...
Waters, Alice
Chez Panisse Vegetables
TX801 .W38 1996
Waters, the doyenne of seasonal and local food, and the staff at Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California, offers 300 creative recipes from artichokes to zucchini.
Wells, Patricia
Vegetable Harvest: Vegetables at the Center of the Plate
TX801.W42 2007
Patricia Wells, an expert in Provençal cooking, has a new cookbook out using vegetables from the garden at center stage.

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Browse the Catalog

For additional books, browse the library catalog under these subjects:

Sometimes you can do a subject search for the specific vegetable or fruit with "cooking" and get results:

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Web Sites


  • Epicurious
    If you need a good recipe for a fruit or vegetable, run a search on Epicurious for the specific fruit or vegetable.
    • Farm to Table
      Includes a Peak-Season Ingredient Map with a state-by-state guide to what's at farmers' markets with each crop linked to recipes. Also contains Latin American and Caribbean Fruit and Vegetable Basics, Asian Fruit and Vegetable Basics, Herb Basics, and a Visual Guide to Salad Greens.
  • Fruits and Veggies Matter
    The CDC says we need to eat more fruits and vegetables to stay healthy. The National Fruit & Vegetable Alliance is trying to get Americans to do just that but without success. "The average American eats 1.13 servings of vegetables and .68 servings of fruit a day. Only about 7 percent of Americans eat at least five servings of produce a day, which is the minimum recommended by the CDC." (Formerly 5-A-Day)
  • New York Times: Recipes for Health
    In this column by Martha Rose Shulman, you can look for recipes by ingredient name (specific fruit, grain, vegetable, etc.).
  • Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program
    Pennsylvania's top ten vegetable crops are sweet corn, snap beans, pumpkins, tomatoes, cabbage, peppers, cantaloupes, squash, peas and cucumbers.
  • Saveur Magazine: Spring Produce Guide
    Recipes for wonderful things you'll find in early spring at the Farmers Markets, like Garlic Scapes, Fiddlehead Ferns, Ramps and peas! The also have produce guides for summer, fall and winter.
  • Think Vegetables provides information on the main vegetables available in the UK [United Kingdom] including nutritional information and recipes.

Specific Vegetables

  • African Vegetables
    Redbud farm in West Virginia grows leafy vegetables, root crops, and hot peppers for the West African population of Washington DC.
  • Eden Foundation
    There are 250,000 known plant species in the world, but only 20 of them provide 90% of our food. The Eden Foundations mission is to find those treasures and bring them to people who really need them.
  • Avocados
    (Yes, we know it is really a fruit.)
    • Avocado Central
      Recipes from the Hass Avocado Board. You can even find the Hass Avocado “Chile” Dog from Chile!
    • Avocados: California Avocado Commission
      The California Avocado Commission is your resource for Genuine California Avocados and the California Avocado industry. Look for avocado recipes and specialties, avocado health benefits as well as avocado industry information for media, growers, foodservice and merchandising.
  • Frieda's Specialty Produce
    Site includes recipes for specialty fruits and vegetables from a marketer of over 500 items including exotic fruit, specialty vegetables, dried fruits and nuts, mushrooms, squash, and a wide variety of Asian and Latin foods.
  • Onions: National Onion Association
    Learn about onions from the producers. Includes recipes.
  • Potatoes
    • Potatoes: Goodness Unearthed
      Recipes and nutritional information from the United States Potato Board.
    • Idaho Potato Commission
      Click on "Recipes" to see recipes arranged by category.
    • The International Potato Center (CIP)
      This is an agricultural center outside of Lima, Peru, dedicated to preserving different strains of the potato, as well as sweet potatoes and other root crops of the Andes.
      • New Light on a Hidden Treasure
        A summary of the International Year of the Potato (2008) and its importance as a local food crop because it is NOT a globally traded commodity that is subject to the vagaries of the international market.
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
    • Hunts
      This tomato canner offers lots of recipes using canned tomatoes and tomato sauces (in case you put some up).
    • Pittston Tomato Festival
      If you've heard about that tomato festival in Spain where they throw tomatoes at each other until the streets run with tomato juice, try this one in northeastern PA.
    • La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain
      Read about the famous tomato festival in Spain

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