Book Review: Mr Wilkinson’s Favourite Vegetables

Have you read Mr Wilkinson’s Favourite Vegetables Book? Well, if you haven’t, you need to get yourself a copy of this cookbook. When I first heard about it in 2012 (when it was first published and released to the market), I was excited because I had experienced Wilkinson's cooking magic a couple of times before. However, I never had time to buy and read the book until recently when a friend prepared a delicious vegetable recipe he got from it. I purchased a copy hoping that I could get a new vegetable recipe because I love veggies and damn, I was shocked with what I found.   Chopped onion Mr Wilkinson’s Favourite Vegetables is not only a great read but an extremely resourceful book for those looking for new vegetable recipes. If you have ever visited Wilkinson eatery and tasted his vegetables, then this the experience that he has transferred into this book.  To be honest, this is a cookbook that all vegetable lovers should have. Apart from vegetable recipes, you will love the book’s cover. The stark white cover images of bright green vegetables will draw your attention even before turn the first page.   For your information, the book is based on Mr Wilkinson’ favourite 24 vegetables. Who has 24 favourite vegetables? Or rather what is the number of your favourite vegetables? I know most of us have never thought about vegetables that way, and that is what Mr Wilkinson is providing you in this book. The choice of the vegetables that Mr Wilkinson has selected for his recipes is what makes the legendary. Have you ever been to his eatery? Well, if yes, you can guess some of the vegetables in his cookbook.   BeetrootI love beetroot, and that is why Wilkinson’s foil-roasted beet with ricotta and mint was the first place I visited. If you love beets, you need to check the recipe he has prepared for you. What’s interesting is that the concept used is quite simple for beet lovers to prepare at home. All you need is large beetroots, and bake them like jacket potatoes in a foil. When cooked, cut and push down like jacket potatoes, then drizzle with red wine vinegar, and sprinkle with ricotta and mint leaves. Try this with your dinner, and you will be amazed by what has been lacking in your dinner plate. Mint leaves is just a genius touch while the creaminess of ricotta adds a magical flavour.   Spinach, mustard greens, and baked ricotta cheese is another recipe that will blow you away. The recipe makes a simple and mouth-watering side to beef or pork. From the book, it is a simple procedure that you can follow at home. Like most of the veggies, start with warming the pan and add olive. When the oil is hot throw in spinach, mustard greens, garlic, and shallot. Stir or toss several times until the vegetables have wilted. Take off heat and add salt, cayenne, and nutmeg, then pour into a bowl, add in the ricotta and egg yolks and mix well. Then bake the mixture for about 25 minutes or until when ricotta puffs up. Take the meal out of the oven and serve while still hot.   If you want to make a quick salad for lunch or breakfast, then Wilkinson’s has something for you. Try his ‘salad of raw asparagus, skordalia, prosciutto & dukka’ salad. This is a vegetable recipe that will take very short to prepare. Using a mandolin, slice the asparagus to make long ribbons. Place in the bowl, add salt and leave it for 1 minute. Add prosciutto and olive oil, basil, parsley, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Drop some skordalia and finish with a sprinkling of dukka. Then serve the salad. Salad These are just three of the 24 vegetable recipes in this cookbook. If you want to get some of the so-called ‘complex veggie recipes’ correct, Wilkinson has made it pretty easy for you. Whether you love bagna cause, bean salad, or the delicious vegetables you have eaten at his eatery, then you have an opportunity to do it at home. The good thing is all recipes have been simplified, and most of the ingredients are readily available in the greengrocery near you. You can also get most of the vegetable in your herb garden.   In conclusion, deciding which recipe to pick from this book is very difficult. Each of the recipes is not only delicious but great for your health. In addition, Wilkinson has provided clear and fresh photographs for each recipe to give you an idea of what to expect. He also throws in some tips about preparation and cooking each of the recipes. Therefore, if you want to prepare a vegetable dish like a pro, get yourself Mr Wilkinson’s Favourite Vegetables book. It’s worth every cent.

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