Leafy Greens by Mark Bittman

You’d have thought that Mark Bittman would have covered everything in his How to Cook Everything, but no, he left out a few greens recipes. In Leafy Greens: An A-to-Z Guide to 30 Types of Greens Plus More Than 120 Delicious Recipes, Bittman covers every edible green leaf you could think of . . . and some you couldn’t. The first section of the book discusses each green, its varieties, what to look for when buying it, nutritional information, cooking tips, and appropriate substitutions. Can’t find mizuna? Use mustard greens.

He then provides recipes for soups, salads, side dishes and main courses. The recipes are simple to prepare. Many only have five or six easy-to-find ingredients, and most (even the main courses) can be prepared in under an hour. Although a small handful of the recipes are a little bland, the majority are tasty and fresh and definitely healthy. Overall, it’s a great book to use if you’re interested in incorporating healthy vegetables into your diet or if you just want to make some sense of all the foliage at the supermarket.

~ Wilson