Book Review: Recipes from a Kitchen Garden

by Toni Leland

RECIPES FROM A KITCHEN GARDEN is another wonderful cookbook from Renee's Gardens. This is the original cookbook by Renee Shepherd and Fran Raboff, and it's every bit as good as their latest publication, More Recipes from a Kitchen Garden, which I reviewed last year.

"Fresh vegetables have their very own special allure, and these recipes are first and foremost a celebration of garden fresh ingredients," say the authors. And nothing could be more true of this book.

From Beans to Chard to Eggplant to Tomatillos, and everything in between, the recipes are fresh and interesting and, for the most, very simple. Just listen to these delicious-sounding names: Lemon Thyme Bread. Indonesian Zucchini Salad. Vermouth Braised Fennel. Over 145 pages are packed with tested recipes, all beautifully illustrated with line drawings, and packaged in a manageable sized 6x9 book.

For the home gardener or the avid cook, this book is a keeper!