I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, but I've only become familiar with the culinary work of the lovely Mollie Katzen rather recently. We brought her wonderful children's cookbook, Pretend Soup into the store a few years ago which we love, but I somehow missed this gem. Leave it to my (I say this with love) raised on a hippie Northwest island husband, to introduce me to The Enchanted Broccoli Forest.
When we first met I remember giving him grief over his possession of it, mainly because a 23 year old kid had a book with the words enchanted and broccoli in the title. But he insisted it was amazing.As is the case with most of his 'hippie' musings, he was right on the mark. This cookbook really is amazing.
From great recipes that seamlessly weave between easy and more challenging, to the great how to's, like how to properly cut vegetables, this book is indispensable.
What I love most about it though, and this may make me sound a bit childish, are the illustrations. I'm a sucker for a good visual, always have been. It's what gets me interested in the subject matter at hand, and this cookbook does a great job.
It's also why I think this is a wonderful cookbook for families. To learn about food, to get excited about cooking, and to learn how to do it, together.
Which is also why (of course) we want to give one of you wonderful people a copy... oh and since this is a vegetarian cookbook, wer're throwing in a Culinary Vegetable Kit too!
For a chance to win a copy of The Enchanted Broccoli Forest and a Culinary Vegetable Kit, simply leave a comment on this post by 8am MST Thursday February 27th. The winner will be chosen by random number and announced later that day.
And the winner (chosen by random number) is Lacey who said:
"I pretty much love everything you guys love too."
Thanks so much everyone for participating! Happy spring dreaming!!
*Last time in Books and Stories: Clouds Before the Storm