Mar 19, 2013

"Roots" by Diane Morgan

Celery Root, Celery Heart, & Celery Leaf Salad — From Diane Morgan's NEW book, "Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes"

I heard author Diane Morgan interviewed a couple of times — via podcast — in regard to her NEW book: Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes. I was so impressed that I added her to my 300+ streaming FOOD-QUEST List on Facebook and recently purchased a copy. Diane's beautifully photographed book is a magnificent resource and inspiration!

I was hoping that Diane might be bringing her book tour through Idaho, especially Boise. This seems like the perfect fit to me since we are a Potato State. Yes folks, we have über tubers here!

Her website gives a wonderful description of the book, so I am going to share my own excitement! I needed someone to demystify root vegetables for me and Diane dedicates her first chapter, "Roots, Tubers, Rhizomes, and Corms" to a root-imentary crash course. Each subsequent chapter highlights a root vegetable and then provides history, lore, varieties, nutrition, storage, use and preparation. Then there are the mouth watering recipes!

Diane included a passionate "root" quote from Henry David Thoreau. Being that I have always wanted a root cellar, I found it quite enjoyable...
I dug my cellar in the side of a hill sloping to the south, where a woodchuck had formerly dug his burrow, down through sumach and blackberry roots and the lowest stain of vegetation, six feet square by seven deep, to a fine sand where potatoes would not freeze in any winter . . . . I took particular pleasure in this breaking of ground. 
—Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854
Rooting loudly,

1 comment:

  1. Oh! Did you know that a Queen Ann's lace is a wild carrot?
    I know, right? Crazy! Pull one up and see if it isn't so, come July or August :)


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