Uncommon Fruits & Vegetables: A Commonsense Guide was first published in 1986 to a fanfare of outstanding reviews and has become a modern-day classic. Now more timely than ever, this encyclopedic cookbook answers the most pertinent questions about the rainbow of fruits and vegetables available in supermarkets nationwide. Here is what home cooks need to know about arugula, cilantro, mango, shiitake, and snow pea as well as the less familiar carambola, chanterelle, lemongrass, passion fruit, and tomatillo. Descriptions rich in culinary, botanical, and historical information set the stage for nearly 100 of these produce items, while detailed methods of selection, storage, and preparation lead to more than 400 easy-to-follow recipes designed to bring out the best in each fruit and vegetable.
Uncommon Fruits & Vegetables is an indispensable reference for home cooks and professionals, gardeners and world travelers, and the food-curious everywhere.
About the Author
Elizabeth Schneider lived in South Africa for a total of fourteen years between 1975 and 1996. Concerned and curious about life for the black population living under apartheid, she determined to befriend her flat cleaner, Elizabeth Mngadi. Forbidden Friends is based on a detailed diary of their evolving relationship and their personal confrontations with apartheid. A professional artist and photographer, the author earned her Ph.D. in African Art at the University of Witwatersrand for "Paint, Pride and Politics," a study of the distinctive wall paintings by Ndebele tribal women. The New York Public Library named her book, The Ndebele, "Best Book for the Teenage" in 1998. Elizabeth Schneider currently lives in Northern California.
“A truly invaluable trove of culinary historical and botanical knowledge.”
“If there were Emmys or Oscars for cookbooks, Elizabeth Schneider would surely receive one.”
“A landmark reference book.”
“The timeliest and most truly helpful book of the year.”
“Exotic fruits and vegetables have met their master in Schneider, a marvelous cook. . . . A heavy-duty classic.”