Books for Cooks: 5 Vegetable-Focused Cookbooks

From by Institute of Culinary Education
Books for Cooks: 5 Vegetable-Focused Cookbooks


By Jenny McCoy—Chef Instructor, School of Pastry & Baking Arts


Whether you believe in making resolutions or not, the beginning of a new year is a time we associate with starting over and making a change—especially when it comes to dietary choices. Vegetables get a lot of love in the January push toward healthy eating. As a chef, I would advocate an increased focus on vegetables for dozens of other reasons—especially for the incredible range of creative ways you can cook them. So following up on my last list of ingredient-focused cookbooks, I’m sharing a few vegetable bibles that will expand your culinary horizons: Ottolenghi, Deborah Madison, Alice Waters, Vegetable CookbooksPlenty by Yotam Ottolenghi and Jonathan Lovekin
Arguably, no chef has had a greater impact on the current vegetable revolution than Yotam Ottolenghi. The first of his incredibly popular cookbooks, Plenty showcases vegetables front and center on the plate. The recipes are inspired by the chef’s Middle Eastern background, as well as the UK’s diverse cross-cultural culinary heritage. Many of the dishes in the book are featured at Ottolenghi’s namesake cafes in London.


Read on for more of Chef Jenny's favorite vegetable cookbooks.