FREE IN-STORE EVENT: Bookshop Santa Cruz is thrilled to welcome staff favorite and acclaimed cookbook author Nik Sharma for a discussion and signing of his new book Veg-table: Recipes, Techniques, and Plant Science for Big-Flavored, Vegetable-Focused Meals. Sharma, bestselling author of The Flavor Equation and Season, presents a fascinating exploration of the unique wonders of more than fifty vegetables through captivating research, stunning photography, and technique-focused recipes.
Sharma will be in conversation with award-winning author (and another super staff fave!) Andrea Nguyen (Ever-Green Vietnamese). Sample recipes from Veg-table at this event!
"Groundbreaking, inspiring, delicious; Nik Sharma's Veg-table is everything I'd hoped for and more!" —Nigella Lawson
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Nik Sharma, blogger at A Brown Table, Serious Eats columnist, and bestselling cookbook author, brings us his most cookable collection of recipes yet in Veg-table. Here is a technique-focused repertoire for weeknight mains for cooks of all skill levels looking to add more delicious and satisfying vegetable dishes to their diet.
Combining the scientific underpinnings of The Flavor Equation with the inviting and personal recipes of Season, this book features more than fifty vegetables, revealing their origins, biology, and unique characteristics. Vegetable-focused recipes are organized into chapters by plant family, with storage, buying, and cooking methods for all. The result is a recipe collection of big flavors and techniques that are tried, true, and perfected by rigorous testing and a deep scientific lens.
Included here are Sharma's first-ever pasta recipes published in a cookbook: Pasta with Broccoli Miso Sauce, Shallot and Spicy Mushroom Pasta, and more. And vegetable-focused doesn't mean strictly vegetarian; bring plants and animal protein together with delicious recipes like Chicken Katsu with Poppy Seed Coleslaw and Crispy Salmon with Green Curry Spinach. A wide variety of hot and cold soups, salads, sides, sauces, and rice-, egg-, and bean-based dishes round out this collection.
Featuring more than 100 of Sharma's gorgeous and evocative photographs, as well as instructive illustrations, this cookbook perfectly balances beauty, intellect, and delicious, achievable recipes.
NIK SHARMA is the author, photographer, and recipe developer behind Nik Sharma Cooks/A Brown Table and The Flavor Files newsletter. He has appeared on Chef's Secrets: The Science of Cooking (PBS), The Road to Cooking, and the upcoming series, Confluence (PBS). Nik's work has garnered multiple awards from Saveur, Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, and the American Food Journalism Awards. His first book, Season, was a James Beard and IACP awards finalist. His second cookbook, The Flavor Equation, was a James Beard Award, IACP Award, and British Guild of Food Writers Award finalist and winner of the silver medal at The German Academy of Gastronomy. Nik lives in Los Angeles, CA.
ANDREA NGUYEN is an author, teacher, podcaster, and consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Vietnam, she came to the United States at the age of six. She has written six acclaimed books, including The Pho Cookbook, which won a James Beard Award. Epicurious named her one of the top 100 greatest home cooks of all time. A former contributing editor at Saveur and columnist at Cooking Light, Nguyen has written articles and recipes for Food & Wine, EatingWell, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.