The Vegetable Butcher
The skills of butchery meet the world of fresh produce in this essential, inspiring guide that demystifies the world of vegetables.

In step-by-step photographs, “vegetable butcher” Cara Mangini shows how to break down a butternut squash, cut a cauliflower into steaks, peel a tomato properly, chiffonade kale, turn carrots into coins and parsnips into matchsticks, and find the meaty heart of an artichoke.

Additionally, more than 150 original, simple recipes put vegetables front and center, from a Kohlrabi Carpaccio to Zucchini, Sweet Corn, and Basil Penne, to a Parsnip-Ginger Layer Cake to sweeten a winter meal. It’s everything you need to know to get the best out of modern, sexy, and extraordinarily delicious vegetables.


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  • Belinda
    Dec 29, 2016


    Lots of large step by step photos. Detailed instructions and easy recipes to try. ...

  • Sherri
    Dec 8, 2016


    Pretty good book to teach, or simply remind or suggest the best ways to handle preparing and cooking vegetables. Even if you have cooked a long time, the author may have good alternative processes. ...

  • Katharine
    Nov 18, 2016


    **snore** I suspect if you bought this book you would whip through the book in a day and never open it up again. OK - so you have no idea how to cook nettles - really are you going to try them now? If you haven't figured out the basics of chopping up carrots or potatoes I doubt this bo...

  • Richard Derus
    Nov 2, 2016

    Richard Derus

    Rating: 5* of fiveI voted for this book in the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards. I don't have a kitchen, and I still procured this cookbook for myself because I loved the title. I learned a lot from it, I loved the photos!, and the text was helpful and also slyly amusing.Vegetab;es have al...

  • Camilla
    Oct 6, 2016


    The Vegetable Butcher by Cara Mangini intrigued me as soon as I heard the title: The Vegetable Butcher. That seemed a little silly. Do we really butcher vegetables?! But, I was instantly interested in reading it and bought it sight unseen. So, I guess it wasn't so silly after all.First...

  • Carol Rosenberg-fox
    Oct 6, 2016

    Carol Rosenberg-fox

    Why oh why wasn't this book written and published years ago? As a vegetarian for over 30 years I really could have used this year's ago. How to prepare veggies and recipes makes me feel brave to attempt to clean and cook an artichoke. Brilliant book. ...

  • Diana
    Sep 29, 2016


    Many great reviews already so I'll be brief. I think that this is a very comprehensive guide to preparing and cooking vegetables, it would be a perfect book for a new cook who appreciated hardback books. I'm an experienced cook and I'm enjoying it too!The recipes should appeal to all v...

  • Lori Watson koenig
    Sep 21, 2016

    Lori Watson koenig

    I would give this book more than 5 stars if I could. I've always wondered how to clean an artichoke for some recipes, how to cut up a fennel bulb and how to eat a kohlarobi. Good, clear instructions and some good recipes.This is one I may need to buy. ...

  • Lara
    Aug 19, 2016


    Someone turned this book in at the library the other day and it caught me eye since I have a thing for vegetarian cookbooks. I thought it would end up being kind of boring, but there's actually a lot of really helpful information, not only on how to butcher veggies (ha!), but also how ...

  • Sher
    Jul 31, 2016


    This is a great book for a friend who wants to learn more about how to includes more vegetables in their home cooking. Well, it's also great for someone like myself who already uses vegetables a lot in cooking. Covers choosing vegetables, storage, preparing, cutting each type of verge,...