Marrying the art of butchery with the joy of gorgeous seasonal produce, The Vegetable Butcher is the fresh, inspiring, and essential guide that demystifies the world of vegetables, from exotic crosnes and gnarly celeriac to the amazingly versatile everyday potato. It’s the book that shows exactly how to prepare an artichoke—plus peel a tomato, chiffonade kale, slice kohlrabi into carpaccio, break down a butternut squash, and cut a cauliflower into steaks.
This is a complete vegetable education, from what to look for at the market to how to make vegetables the center of truly distinctive dishes. Over 150 recipes, all vegetarian (and all extraordinarily luscious), celebrate the soul-satisfying flavor of each vegetable—Orange-Shallot Fiddlehead Ferns and Ricotta Crostini; a summery Zucchini, Sweet Corn, and Basil Penne with Pine Nuts and Mozzarella; Cauliflower and Caramelized Fennel Soup; a Parsnip-Ginger Layer Cake with Burnt-Buttercream Frosting to sweeten a winter meal.
The Vegetable Butcher is a 2017 James Beard Award finalist and winner of two IACP Cookbook Awards (Single Subject and People’s Choice).
Cara Mangini is the chef and founder of Little Eater. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area and working at some of New York’s and Napa Valley’s top culinary destinations, she developed a passion for produce at its peak and honed her skills in its selection and preparation. Ever since, she’s been on a mission to put vegetables at the center of the American plate.