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Everyday Greens: Home Cooking from Greens, the Celebrated Vegetarian Restaurant    by Annie Somerville order for
Everyday Greens
by Annie Somerville
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Scribner, 2003 (2003)
* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

'We've adapted our menu endlessly over the years, taking in the wealth of fantastic ingredients and new ideas that come our way ... a melting pot of the great cuisines of the world - Italy, France, India, Mexico, North Africa, Asia, and, of course, America'. This positive tone introduces the reader to the concept of Greens Restaurant and the second Greens cookbook, the first being Field of Greens.

All fresh ingredients - almost all organic - are combined to create the wonderful recipes found on the pages of Everyday Greens. While it is a vegetarian restaurant, Greens doesn't use that word, a philosophy from its inception. 'Our approach to cooking has always been a celebration of ingredients - fresh, locally grown organic produce, great cheeses, eggs, and dairy products, oils, nuts, and just about anything we can get our hands on that isn't meat, fish, or fowl.' I'm sure that, presented with a dinner plate of freshly prepared Greens' food, you wouldn't notice the absence of meat, fish, or fowl.

Recipes range from the exotic - Lotus Root Pickles - to the simple Everyday Shortcake, in the first cookbook in over ten years from Greens' Restaurant. To create and fine tune the 250 must-try recipes presented in Everyday Greens obviously took time, dedication, and joy in the creating. What a treasure trove of new ideas, any of which could become old favorites in no time (the absence of pictures didn't detract at all from my ability to visualize the end results). I have not listed my favorites - ones I want to try - because, as I read my way through this exciting new cookbook, I found too many that would make it to my table. I can't and won't pick favorites. You'll have the same problem.

Annie Somerville hastens to assure home cooks that none of these recipes require utensils that you don't already have in your own kitchens. She also impresses the reader with the benefits of the very freshest of organic ingredients. Her enthusiasm for food inspires me to cook greens every day.

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