The Complete Leafy Greens Cookbook

Susan Sampson
Robert Rose (2013)
ISBN: 9780778804574
Reviewed by Sheri Bebee for Reader Views (12/13)


Eating your greens is one of the latest health kicks, and with great reason – greens are highly nutritious, full of anti-oxidants and a variety of other health benefits. “The Complete Leafy Greens Cookbook” by Susan Sampson is a wonderful resource for anyone looking for ways to improve and/or maintain their health by means of a diet. 

The book features 67 different leafy greens. The varieties are listed alphabetically and each variety is discussed in detail, including the scientific and alternate names of each, historical information, how and where to buy, and how to prepare and cook. Recipes are listed at the end of each variety and each recipe is categorized with the course, number of servings and dietary preference (i.e., vegan friendly, etc.). Health tips are also included.

The book itself is beautiful.  There is brilliant photography displayed on most pages, the format is clean and uncluttered.  I am a cookbook fanatic and loved just settling back in my chair, browsing and marking all the different recipes I wanted to try.  Lately I’ve been on a kale “kick” and was delighted to find some new recipes. The “Kalesadillas” on page 201 were fantastic!  I am vegan so the only substitution I made was with vegan cheese. The recipe was simple and preparation was a snap. I will definitely be making these again. 

The “Ethiopian Cabbage Stew” on page 173 was phenomenal. I substituted sweet potatoes for regular potatoes (just a personal preference), and you could probably substitute any kind of cabbage but since the focus of this book is “greens” I stayed with the green variety.  What an absolutely wonderful meal, paired with a green salad and fresh bread.

The back of the book contains a section on Green Beverages and includes over twenty different recipes for smoothies, shakes, teas and coolers. There are also tips in this section on how to make the smoothest smoothies and shakes.

The final section contains recipes for salad dressings and other miscellaneous recipes such as roasted garlic, pickled onions and crispy shallots.  The index is clean and easy to use.

I loved “The Complete Leafy Greens Cookbook” by Susan Sampson, and highly recommend it to anyone that wants to incorporate more greens into their diet. 5 stars!


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