Book Review: The New Southern Garden Cookbook – Sheri Castle [TSS]

Title: The New Southern Garden Cookbook
Author: Sheri Castle
ISBN: 9780807834657
Pages: 456
Release Date: May 4, 2011
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Genre: Cookbook
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review:

The New Southern Garden Cookbook has one thing in mind: veggies, veggies, veggies.  Maybe you’re a member of your local CSA, or spend time browsing your farmer’s market.  Maybe you have your own garden, or are just looking for some delicious recipes to increase your vegetable intake.  Whatever it might be, if it has to do with vegetables, this cookbook is a great resource.

The presentation of The New Southern Garden Cookbook isn’t quite the glossy paged feast for the eyes that I usually adore in a cookbook, but it’s understandable why.  The book clocks in at a whopping 420 pages; I can’t imagine how heavy or thick it would be if it had used that sort of paper.  It does have three small sections of mouthwatering pictures in it, and the green and white color scheme for the rest of the pages works incredibly well for the “fresh veggies” theme.

I am completely enamored of how The New Southern Garden Cookbook is organized.  Usually, I prefer a traditional recipe classification – appetizers, main dishes, desserts, etc.  But Sheri Castle chose to categorize her cookbook by vegetable, which makes perfect sense, if you think about its objective.  That way, it’s easy for readers to look at their farmer’s market haul or CSA box and say “I need sweet potato recipes!” or “What am I going to do with field peas”?  It’s the perfect way to approach this cookbook, and I really appreciate how easy it makes things.

There are countless recipes in this cookbook, and each one is accompanied by some sort of commentary from the author.  These sections contain anecdotes, information, cultural tidbits, and more, and are worth reading just for fun.  For example, before the recipe for Hominy and Pork in Green Chile Sauce, Castle discusses the term “pork butt” and how the unsavory name came from Revolutionary War times, when pork shoulder was stored in barrels called butts. 

I had some beautiful looking zucchini, so I chose to make the Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup recipe.  I absolutely loved how Castle warned me that the soup doesn’t keep once the tortellini are added, and gave some suggestions on how to store the soup.  The recipe was simple to make, and happily didn’t require too many ingredients.  My husband and I both enjoyed this thick, hearty soup, and I have a feeling it’s going to become a regular menu item whenever zucchini is in season.  In fact, I have a feeling I’m going to be going back to this cookbook again and again; it’s going to become a real resource in my kitchen.

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Comments

  1. A veggie person I am not, but I had a ball flipping through the pages of this one. I just recently auctioned it off at a fundraiser and people went nuts over it. It is perfect for anyone who buys alot of local fresh vegetables.

  2. A veggie person I am not, but I had a ball flipping through the pages of this one. I just recently auctioned it off at a fundraiser and people went nuts over it. It is perfect for anyone who buys alot of local fresh vegetables.

  3. I feel so bad that I didn’t get a copy of this one when I could, but for some reason, I skipped it. It sounds like a great addition to your collection, and knowing that you are not a fan of a heavily meat-based diet, I can imagine that this book is perfect for you! Fantastic review on this one today!

  4. I feel so bad that I didn’t get a copy of this one when I could, but for some reason, I skipped it. It sounds like a great addition to your collection, and knowing that you are not a fan of a heavily meat-based diet, I can imagine that this book is perfect for you! Fantastic review on this one today!

  5. This book sounds fabulous! Off to see if my library has it…

  6. This book sounds fabulous! Off to see if my library has it…

  7. This looks great. Amazon let you see quite a lot of pages and the contents list is very appealing. It’s a bit pricey for me over here in Lanzarote, which is a pity as we very much have to go with what’s in season here.

  8. This looks great. Amazon let you see quite a lot of pages and the contents list is very appealing. It’s a bit pricey for me over here in Lanzarote, which is a pity as we very much have to go with what’s in season here.

  9. This sounds like a terrific cookbook and that zucchine & tortellini shoup should be amazing.

  10. This sounds like a terrific cookbook and that zucchine & tortellini shoup should be amazing.

  11. Thank you for posting this book – its always great to hear about a good new vegetable cookbook. I love growing my own veg and am always on the look out for new ways to uses

  12. Thank you for posting this book – its always great to hear about a good new vegetable cookbook. I love growing my own veg and am always on the look out for new ways to uses

  13. Oops. I linked you up to Weekend Cooking and then forgot to leave a comment.

    You know this book is pretty much written with me in mind.

  14. Oops. I linked you up to Weekend Cooking and then forgot to leave a comment.

    You know this book is pretty much written with me in mind.

  15. Thanks for your review. I have been in an organic co-op for many years now and am partial to cookbooks that are organized by vegetable, fruit or herb. I also like cookbooks that are organized by season. Will look for this one at the library!

  16. Thanks for your review. I have been in an organic co-op for many years now and am partial to cookbooks that are organized by vegetable, fruit or herb. I also like cookbooks that are organized by season. Will look for this one at the library!

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