There are many ways to enjoy artichokes at their peak — whether simply steamed, poached, grilled, roasted, or charred, it's worth trying them all to take advantage of this wonderful spring ingredient.
One thing that keeps most home cooks from taking a bunch of artichokes home from the store, however, is the fear that once their beautiful specimens are home safe and sound, the prep will be a nightmare. But, there are many ways to prep an artichoke, and depending on what you want to do with them, you may not even need to turn them, which is arguably one of the most difficult tasks in the kitchen and one that even many culinary school students struggle with.[slideshow:
Armed with the right knowledge, it's time to look at some recipes. Check out the slideshow for some recipes from some fantastic chefs, cookbook authors, and recipe developers who all share a passion for this springtime treat.
Will Budiaman is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @WillBudiaman.