The Renee's Garden Cookbook
The 300 easy-to-make recipes offer fresh ideas for enjoying the garden's bounty and are organized alphabetically by vegetable type, convenient to use for cooking ideas as you harvest from the garden or shop at the market.
These nutritious, colorful, great tasting dishes will be your “go to” favorites for both everyday meals and special occasions, illustrating Renee’s conviction that the pleasures of growing fresh ingredients are completed in preparing them well and fully enjoying the results.
Wonderful watercolors of vegetables and herbs created by our packet artist, Mimi Osborne, are showcased throughout this beautifully designed book.
BOOK REVIEW from The Happy Hive Homestead
Praise for: The Renee's Garden Cookbook
"This is a great 'two-books-in-one' publication, for not only does it have terrific food recipes, it also contains expert advice on growing vegetables and herbs. This charming (Shepherd Publishing) food book rivals the major publishers of the food press. It is apparent that the two authors, Renee Shepherd, owner of the popular Renee's Garden seed company, and artist and food teacher, Fran Raboff, find joy in collaborating and creating recipes together, using Renee's Garden seeds, and developing why-didn't-I-think-of-that culinary combinations.
Following are just six of the creative recipes: Beth's Green Bean Salad with Lime and Mustard Dressing; Celery Root Pate; Fennel, Golden Beet and Mango Salad with Citrus Dressing (using both orange and lemon juice in the dressing, and garnished with chopped pistachios or pecans); Cantaloupe with Raspberry and Lemon Verbena Sauce; Gil's Garden Guacamole, adding fresh, green peas to add vibrant color to the popular green dip; and Butterhead Lettuce with Fresh Raspberry Merlot Dressing, just one of the good choices to accompany the many varietal lettuces offered by Renee's Garden seeds.
The 'community effort' is further established by the felicitous watercolor illustrations throughout the book by artist Mimi Osborne.
A separate chapter, 'Index of Recipes and Growing Advice,' with instructions on growing the ingredients of the featured recipes - and not just a 'note' on growing - but detailed and concise instructions on growing the vegetables and herbs offered in the recipes in the book." - Carole Saville
A fine addition to Renee Shepherd's other cookbooks." - Remy Wright
"Highly recommend any of Renee's cookbooks!" - P. Krupa
"This lovely tome combines cooking and gardening expertise for our favorite homegrown vegetables and herbs. Seed entrepreneur and author, Renee Shepherd, and her longtime colleague, cooking instructor and author, Fran Raboff, join together here to create a handsome and mouthwatering collection of recipes. Vegetables are listed in alphabetical order, each with a box containing growing tips from garden guru, Renee, and then there are about three to five recipes for each veggie.
Even if you don’t own their previous books, Recipes from a Kitchen Garden and More Recipes from a Kitchen Garden, you can tell from these recipes that Renee and Fran have created for The Renee’s Garden Cookbook, that this is not their first rodeo. These experienced authors and cooks have come up with some inspired combinations; I have put a star by a number of recipes that I want to try like Roasted Green Beans with Thyme, Sweet Peppers and Orange, which sounds like a tasty twist for garden beans. And then there are Blushing Carrots, combined with red wine, pears and lemon thyme; Deep Dish Summer Vegetable Casserole with Peppers, Chiles and Herbs; and Upper Crust Pear Pie with Lemon Basil which is flavored with almonds and citrus zest; however it is the salads that wooed me.
Sometimes joint collaboration brings about outstanding results—and the salad recipes and dressings are the stars of this book. Tempting titles for Persian Jewel Fruit Salad; Hawaiian Vacation Summer Salad with Peanut Sesame Dressing; or Crispy Radish Fennel and Apple Salad make my mouth water. Although many of the salads have their own dressings within the recipe, there are four salad dressing recipes that are worth the price of this book.
Renee’s Garden Seeds is known for their great selection of salad greens, lettuces, herbs, edible flowers and seed collections of salad mixes. What better to adorn your salad garden harvest with than a flavorful homemade dressing?
The growing information is from Renee’s many years of gardening experience and she offers tidbits like 'grow radishes with beans and start your own protection racket.' I didn’t know that radishes enhance the flavor of beans and help repel bean beetles. Nasturtiums are Renee’s favorite edible flower (mine too!) and she offers ideas for nasturtium spreads and a colorful Nasturtium Vinegar—you can buy Renee’s Garden nasturtium seeds—she has a good variety to choose from. I find it hard to resist not getting every cultivar that she has, especially since the seed packages have such lively, colorful illustrations. Mimi Osborne’s wonderful watercolors also grace the pages of this book.
I have been gardening and creating recipes for many years, so I am choosy when it comes to cookbooks. It is delightful, when a new book comes along and stimulates you to try something new; The Renee’s Garden Cookbook will awaken your creativity and taste buds. The recipes are brilliant—they are easy to follow—and don’t require a lot of special ingredients other than homegrown garden veggies and herbs. Treat yourself to a copy and buy an extra one for a cooking or gardening friend!" - Cooking With Herbs
"This is one of the nicest cookbooks I've seen in a long time. Beautifully illustrated with images that make your mouth water, the recipes are new and innovative, many using not-so-common garden ingredients. In my opinion, one of the best features of the book is that with each garden ingredient, the authors include a little sidebar with tips for growing and harvesting.
Recipes for well-known vegetables include things like 'Roasted Green Beans with Thyme, Sweet Peppers and Orange' or 'Lindsay's Winter Squash Curry Coconut Soup.' Yummy. For the adventurous, try 'Fennel, Golden Beet, and Mango Salad with Citrus Dressing,' 'Meringues with Lavender Custard, Berries and Mangoes,' or 'North Beach Stuffed Summer Squash.'
The book is a nice size – 7x10 – with crisp, readable text over 155 pages. A comprehensive index and excellent table of contents makes the book very easy to use. Renee's Garden Cookbook would make a fabulous gift for any cook or gardener." - Toni Leland
"Whenever I get a new cookbook, the first thing I do is go through it and mark each recipe that catches my eye with a sticky note. In the case of "The Renee's Garden Cookbook," I quickly ran out of those sticky notes!
Here's just a sampling of recipes that I know I'll be making: Baked Cauliflower with Ricotta and Chives; Chard and Potato Soup; Orzo with Arugula and Mushrooms; Caramelized Leek and Onion Tart; Ginger-Glazed Roasted Root Vegetables and Onions; Pam's Fresh Pea Soup; Deep Dish Summer Vegetable Casserole with Peppers, Chiles and Herbs; Baked Tomatoes Stuffed with Sweet Italian Sausage, Fresh Herbs and Rice; and Fran's Orange-Scented Chocolate Zucchini Cake.
As gardeners, we are all blessed with an abundance of fresh,delicious produce that is a joy to prepare and savor. But if you're like me, I sometimes get into a rut with the way I prepare certain vegetables. This cookbook gives me the opportunity to expand my repertoire in a delicious way.
The cookbook is organized in two ways, making it easy to come up with recipes for seasonal veggies and herbs.
First, the main section is divided into all of the types of vegetables you can think of: artichokes, beans, beets and broccoli, for example. There is also an herb section that includes recipes using savory or sweet herbs.
Second, the extensive index not only covers all of the vegetables or herbs in the book but it also includes other ingredients found within the recipes. That makes it easy to either select a recipe based on the produce you have available or on what you have in your refrigerator or pantry, such as chicken or pasta. Won't that make meal-planning a breeze?
Since this is February, you might think there wouldn't be many recipes for what you currently have on hand. Not so! I still have plenty of winter squash, pumpkins, onions, potatoes, parsnips, carrots and frozen chard available and "The Renee's Garden Cookbook" includes all sorts of recipes that use those very ingredients. So this is a cookbook you will use throughout the year.
It is filled with beautiful, colorful illustrations reminiscent of the attractive packets of seeds from Renee's Garden that you frequently see in garden centers.
A bonus for gardeners is that the book is also filled with advice on growing the types of vegetables and herbs found within it, so it's a good resource as well." - Susan W. Mulvihill
"Most cookbooks will send you straight to the kitchen to make something good to eat. Not this one. With 'The Renee's Garden Cookbook,' your first trip will be to the garden, and then to the kitchen.
300 kitchen tested recipes are easy-to-make and showcase whatever vegetables and herbs are at the peak of the season. For example, the section on Chard has tips on planting and growing chard, plus recipes. Renee's Garden Cookbook has the answer on what to do with those just-picked tomatoes or chard or, cucumbers.
The recipes are quick and simple enough for everyday cooking. Your garden fresh vegetables and herbs will elevate any dish to gourmet fare. This book is perfect for those who shop at the farmers market. Seed packet artist, Mimi Osbone illustrates the book with her familiar watercolors of vegetables and herbs.
When I read The Renee's Garden Cookbook, I ordered more garden seed. The tips on growing cucumbers are interspersed with the recipes for fresh cucumbers and pickles. So, I'm thinking, 'it's not too late to plant more cucumber seed.'
When Renee brings in fresh vegetables from her trial gardens, she and co-author Fran Raboff get to cooking and creating new recipes. The two launch into a cooking and eating orgy. A fortunate few good friends and advisors join Fran and Renee for the recipe trials.
As a result, the recipes make the most of each harvest. Gardeners will enjoy this trip from Renee's Garden Seed Catalog to The Renee's Garden Cookbook. Renee offers a great combo package: The Renee's Garden Cookbook & Easy to Grow Seed Collection at a discount.
Get ready to take off your garden gloves and put on your chef's hat because, gardeners do make the best cooks." - Patsy Bell
"Trial and error is a cook’s motto when creating new recipes. THE RENEE’S GARDEN COOKBOOK takes that ideology one step further. Trial and flavor.
Garden to table took on new meaning when Renee Shepherd and Fran Raboff put their talents together to create this cookbook. Growing vegetables from seed tested in Shepherd’s trial gardens yield a variety of prospects each season in flavor, colors and textures.
Every vegetable highlighted includes description, growing tips, uses and storage. Several recipes are offered for each vegetable in both vegetarian dishes and meat dishes. Each entry also includes little known facts and pointers like, 'Don’t worry if your artichokes have a few black spots on their leaves as this is normal coloration, especially when harvested in cold weather.'
Herbs are also covered in this cookbook as well as edible flowers. All recipes are beautifully illustrated by Mimi Osborne, the same artist that provides the gorgeous watercolor depictions of each new variety from Shepherd’s trial gardens.
Some of my favorites are Ginger Pumpkin Flan (pg. 91) , Grilled Champagne Onions with Sage (pg.66), Celery Root Pâté and Lavender Jelly.
THE RENEE’S GARDEN COOKBOOK is a book you will refer to time and time again for delicious meal ideas as well as expert gardening advice." - Cindy Kerschner
"I absolutely love this cookbook! The recipes are delicious, flavorful, and easy to follow. As an added bonus, the authors provide descriptions and tips about each vegetable, including how to grow them! As a mother of two young children (ages 1 and 2), I often find it hard to prepare nutritious meals my children enjoy. This book has put an end to that. Thank you, Renee Shepherd and Fran Raboff!" - August Brandenstein