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Apr 102024

    The cookbook club is back by popular demand. Each month we choose a cookbook. It is put on display at the circulation desk at the Norristown Public Library. Choose a recipe, make free copies or order the book from another library (or find an ebook copy if available). Make the recipe at home and bring it to cookbook club to share. We will taste and discuss the chosen recipes.  Register by emailing Jeanne at or signing up at the front desk.

June 10, 2024 at 5:30pm – Vegetable Revelations by Steven Satterfield & Salad Seasons by Sheela Prakash  (bring a plate, bowl, and silverware for yourself along with your dish to share)


This June we are exploring vegetables through two cookbooks.

Here is what Harper Collins says about Vegetable Revelations: Discover innovative, adaptable, and delicious ways to serve a wide range of vegetables with this inspired cookbook featuring over 150 recipes from Steven Satterfield, the James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef and author of Root to Leaf. In the last decade, vegetables have taken a prominent place on the plate. At his hugely successful Atlanta restaurant, Miller Union, Steven Satterfield is constantly searching for new ways to serve the vast variety offered each season. When it comes to cooking meats and seafood, there are specific guidelines for texture and doneness. But each vegetable has inherent properties that can be enhanced or manipulated in infinite ways, offering numerous opportunities to innovate.

In Vegetable Revelations, Satterfield explores how texture affects the eating experience, how globally inspired ingredients can make vegetables more compelling, and how valuing every part of a plant is the key to creative cooking. Best of all, he provides flavor-packed recipes that celebrate the delicious diversity available to us, arranged by botanical families and culinary categories, including Roots, Leaves, Stalks, Brassicas (broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower), Legumes, Cucurbits (cucumbers, zucchini, watermelon, squash), Nightshades (eggplant, tomatoes, bell peppers, potatoes), and Mushrooms. Experience vegetables in a whole new way in bold dishes such as Grilled Hakurei Turnips with Miso Vinaigrette, Luck and Money Dolmas, Asparagus Bottom Soup, Romanesco Campanelle with White Bolognese, Warm Field Peas with Tangy Pepper Sauce, Yukon Gold Tartiflette, Honeydew Aquavit Slushies, Miso-Pickled Shiitakes

But veggies aren’t just for lunch and dinner—here are recipes for breakfast, desserts, beverages, and snacks. Satterfield even includes a section on textural toppings and flavor-forward sauces, spice blends, and condiments that can be mixed and matched to enhance any simply prepared vegetable. While vegetarians and vegans will love these recipes, there are some fabulous dishes that include meat, poultry, and seafood as well. Illustrated with sumptuous photos throughout, Vegetable Revelations will broaden your kitchen know-how, open new doors for exploration and adventure, and give you fresh and flavorful ideas for great meals that omnivores, vegetarians and vegan

Our second title is Salad Seasons: Create simple yet showstopping salads that will make them the perpetual star at your table. With a focus on approachable, flexible recipes that are easy to prepare and bring vegetables to the center of the plate, Salad Seasons will inspire home cooks to eat well and live well. The recipes in Salad Seasons not only span all four seasons, but show off salads’ versatility as both vibrant main dishes—such as Brown-Buttered Brussels Sprouts and Orecchiette Salad and Smashed Potato and Chorizo Sheet Pan Salad—and as fresh side dishes, like Israeli Corn Salad and Bittersweet Radicchio Salad. Also included are a handful of playful fruit salads, like Strawberry-Rhubarb Salad with Lavender Honey and Brûléed Citrus Salad, which make for unfussy, modern desserts.


Previous Cookbooks Discussed/Tasted at Norristown Public Library’s Cookbook Club:

May 13, 2024 – The World Central Kitchen Cookbook by José Andrés