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 Post subject: Wild about Greens by Nava Atlas
PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:03 am 
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Does anyone have this?

I have a couple of her books but don't use them all that much.

I like the idea of this book a lot and I have seen some of the beautiful photographs, but was wondering what the recipes are like.

Are they all side type dishes and do they all use loats of unusual greens?

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 Post subject: Re: Wild about Greens by Nava Atlas
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Is it out already? I have it on my wish list but thought it hadn't been released yet.
I entered the competition to win a copy on FatFree Vegan Kitchen but since about a gazillion other people did too I probably didn't win. Ha... :(

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This looked like a bit of a forced theme to me at first, but I'm liking what I see in the amazon preview simply because my CSA keeps loading me up with heaps of bitter greens. I DON'T need another cookbook but I'll definitely leaf through this and consider it when it's in stores.


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Is it out already? I have it on my wish list but thought it hadn't been released yet.
I entered the competition to win a copy on FatFree Vegan Kitchen but since about a gazillion other people did too I probably didn't win. Ha... :(


Oh, not sure. I know it won't be out in the UK for ages but I just assumed it was out in the US already. Maybe not.

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 Post subject: Re: Wild about Greens by Nava Atlas
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I have this cookbook but haven't made much out of it -- just used the basic saute recipe for kale and collards. I will say that it was the first time my husband and I tried collards and we liked them. There are some nice recipe ideas for massaged kale salads, although I haven't tried them yet. I do like the idea of eating more greens -- just too lazy to break out of my rut -- I seem to stick with spinach, kale, arugula!

I would say it's a good source for people like me who want to try eating more greens and don't know much about the various types. She explains each type in great detail and what recipes work well for watercress, mustard greens, bok choy, etc.

ps. The recipes vary from simple sautes to main dishes with grains and/or beans, to smoothies. Hope that helps!


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 Post subject: Re: Wild about Greens by Nava Atlas
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It's at my local bookstore (in Edmonton). I'm heading tonight to take a look. I looked at it at amazon.com and it seems like a great book. She did mention about not using too many hard to find greens but using mostly commonly purchased/accessible greens.


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I'm borrowing this from my library tomorrow - I love greens (and get a ton from my CSA now) and am looking forward to finding some new ways to cook them. Has anyone else cooked recipes from this book?

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I succumbed to this cookbook, too. I haven't made anything from it since it's not really greens season here. The recipes use the kind of easy-to-find greens that you're likely to get in a CSA box or find at the grocery store or farmers' market. Collards, kale, spinach, bok choy.

There's a pretty good mix of recipes. It's organized by cooking technique more than course, but a lot of the dishes are hearty enough to be mains. There's also a section on smoothies and juices that I'm not really interested. The design is pretty.


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 Post subject: Re: Wild about Greens by Nava Atlas
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This is in my amazon cart. It's only $10*, so I'm tempted.

*you know how when one must buy things on amazon for school or work purposes, so an extra $10-20 sneaks in the cart because you are already spending a boatload anyway?

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 Post subject: Re: Wild about Greens by Nava Atlas
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Anyone have any favorites yet? I just bought it on Amazon. $12 for a hardcover is pretty good, and I've been eyeing this one since it released.


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So far I've only made the greens with polenta wedges. We really liked it. In fact, I'm eating more of it for lunch.

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 Post subject: Re: Wild about Greens by Nava Atlas
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this book is only for vegetariens?


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this book is only for vegetariens?

it's for everyone.

i also got it in the amazon sale. i hadn't made anything yet, but i definitely don't eat enough greens, so this book will help solve that problem.

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Ooh, I really want this! I think when I first heard about it, the Look Inside wasn't available yet, so I didn't know there would be so many greens-heavy main dish recipes (I imagined more sides, I guess).

And I definitely need to eat more varied greens. When I'm trying to be healthy I get stuck on green smoothies and kale salads, so I really need to branch out.


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I got mine yesterday. They all look like solid recipes that I'll use, though there was nothing particularly inventive or exciting. There's a section on basic preparation of greens that'll make a good reference.


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In a bizarre twist, my MOTHER (the one who daily bisques about me owning too many cookbooks) ordered it. It's beautiful!

I'm excited about trying recipes. It's a beautifully designed and printed book, and most of the recipes look great. True, maybe nothing truly innovative, but that wasn't the point of the book anyway. The pastas and soups and smoothies sound great.

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We made the rosemary potatoes & sausage with collards thing. Tasty!


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^ Oh good, I think that's what I bought Field Roast for (it was like 2 hours ago and I can't even remember).

I saw this in Barnes & Noble today and had to get it- yay! I'm excited to try out a few things- the hoisin-glazed bok choy with tofu and soba is up first. Then I think the collard-wrapped enchiladas, maybe?

For me, simple recipes are good. I have a TON of cookbooks with more involved stuff, but I really just want QUICK, tasty, healthy weeknight meals most of the time. And I'm not a good cook, as far as improvising goes, so I need guidance.


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The lemon tahini sauce is super simple and really tasty.


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I'm excited to try out a few things- the hoisin-glazed bok choy with tofu and soba is up first.

I was not crazy about this. I didn't like the particular soba noodles I bought though, and my pan was way too crowded so nothing was glazed so much as gently warmed up with some sauce. But that sauce was pretty bland.


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any new feedback on this cookbook? bn.com has it for $12.90 (48% off) and I'm a member so it would ship for free, plus I have a 15% coupon code too so that would knock the price down a bit more.....

I intrigued by the idea since I know I don't eat enough greens, just "green leaf" or "romaine" lettuce for salad. And sometimes braised/sauted turnip greens.

What do y'all think? Can some of these green dishes be main courses? I know fresh is always best, but do these recipes work with frozen/defrosted greens?

How is overall flavor of the recipes as I do like some bold tastes!

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There's a chapter on mixing greens with grains and beans, and I think many of those would make good main courses. A lot of the soups would work, too. Nava has instructions for freezing your own greens, and I don't see why you can't use frozen greens in recipes where they'll be boiled, baked, or sauteed.


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bookwormbethie wrote:
any new feedback on this cookbook? bn.com has it for $12.90 (48% off) and I'm a member so it would ship for free, plus I have a 15% coupon code too so that would knock the price down a bit more.....

I intrigued by the idea since I know I don't eat enough greens, just "green leaf" or "romaine" lettuce for salad. And sometimes braised/sauted turnip greens.

What do y'all think? Can some of these green dishes be main courses? I know fresh is always best, but do these recipes work with frozen/defrosted greens?

How is overall flavor of the recipes as I do like some bold tastes!


I think it's probably great for someone who has trouble getting greens into their diet. The recipes are simple, but good. There are some instances where I'd probably increase the spices, but that's an easy change to make.


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Amy wrote:
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I'm excited to try out a few things- the hoisin-glazed bok choy with tofu and soba is up first.

I was not crazy about this. I didn't like the particular soba noodles I bought though, and my pan was way too crowded so nothing was glazed so much as gently warmed up with some sauce. But that sauce was pretty bland.


bummer, i like hoisin sauce and find it pretty flavorful. in your opinion, what made the sauce taste bland to you?

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bookwormbethie wrote:
Amy wrote:
Amy wrote:
I'm excited to try out a few things- the hoisin-glazed bok choy with tofu and soba is up first.

I was not crazy about this. I didn't like the particular soba noodles I bought though, and my pan was way too crowded so nothing was glazed so much as gently warmed up with some sauce. But that sauce was pretty bland.


bummer, i like hoisin sauce and find it pretty flavorful. in your opinion, what made the sauce taste bland to you?

I'm not sure. Maybe there wasn't enough of it, or too much orange juice watering it down. Just not enough spice and flavor in general.

I definitely screwed up the with cooking though, so that didn't help.


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