Food Blogger Cookbook Swap!

Food Blogger Cookbook Swap

At the beginning of the month, I signed up for a Food Blogger Cookbook Swap, hosted by Alyssa of http://www.EverydayMaven.com and Faith of http://www.anediblemosaic.com. For the swap, I sent a gently used cookbook from my collection to a food blogger and received a cookbook from their collection in return. 

Which Cookbook Did I Get?

Vegetables: The Most Authoritative Guide to Buying, Preparing, and Cooking, with More Than 300 Recipes by James Peterson.

Food Blogger Cookbook Swap

Vegetables by James Peterson

A big shout out to Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla for sending it to me. Camilla is a writer for Edible Monterey Bay magazine (that’s pretty much my dream job so I am super jealous!) and has quite the collection of recipes on her blog. Go check her out! You will not be disappointed.

I’m super pumped about this cookbook for two reasons. 1. It fits nicely into my Paleo and gluten-free way of life and 2. It has a TON of information about vegetables I have yet to try. For example:

Fiddlehead Ferns

Fiddlehead Ferns

Photo Source: Specialty Produce

Jerusalem Artichoke

Jerusalem Artichoke

Photo Source: With Love, Mags 

and, Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Photo Source: Healing Healthy

It also has a ton of information about how to buy each vegetable, the best way to cook it, how to store it, and how to prep it for cooking. This cookbook is seriously AMAZING! 

How to Prepare Asparagus

One of the cool things I learned from this book was how to properly prepare asparagus. The book states, that “asparagus must be peeled [because it] helps the asparagus cook evenly and makes almost the entire stalk as tender and as delightful to eat as the tip (James Peterson, p. 15).” And to think, I thought restaurants were peeling asparagus for the sole purpose of making it look pretty on the plate. 

I tried this technique the other night and, I have to admit, I was impressed with the results! To peel asparagus, simply lay it flat on your cutting board and peel the stalks using a vegetable peeler.

How to peel asparagus | peeled asparagus

Once peeled, I tossed the stalks in a bit of extra virgin olive oil, seasoned them with Lakeshore Drive seasoning (my current favorite!), and roasted them in a 400˚ oven for 15 minutes. I served them alongside some mahi mahi I had marinating in Three Citrus Garlic Marinade. It was a quick (read: lazy) meal, but it was delicious.

Check out the links below for all of the participating food bloggers. Visit their pages and see which books they received and how they intend to use them!

Participating Food Bloggers in the Swap

A Baker’s House
An Edible Mosaic
avocado bravado
Blue Kale Road
Blueberries And Blessings
Cheap Recipe Blog
Confessions of a Culinary Diva
Create Amazing Meals
Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Cupcake Project
Dinner is Served 1972
Done With Corn
Eats Well With Others
Everyday Maven
Flour Me With Love 
From My Sweet Heart 
girlichef 
Great Food 360° 
Healthy. Delicious. 
I’m Gonna Cook That! 
Je Mange la Ville 
Karen’s Kitchen Stories 
Kitchen Treaty 
Olive and Herb 
OnTheMove-In The Galley 
Our Best Bites 
Paleo Gone Sassy 
poet in the pantry 
Rhubarb and Honey 
Rocky Mountain Cooking
Shikha la mode 
Shockingly Delicious 
Sifting Focus 
Spiceroots 
Spoonful of Flavor 
Tara’s Multicultural Table 
The Not So Exciting Adventures of a Dabbler 
The Suburban Soapbox 
The Whole Family’s Food 

26 Comments on Food Blogger Cookbook Swap!

    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      March 5, 2014 at 7:04 pm (8 months ago)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      March 5, 2014 at 7:03 pm (8 months ago)

      Thank you for organizing! xoxo

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  1. Christy
    March 1, 2014 at 3:10 pm (8 months ago)

    What a perfect book for you! Once you try the Jerusalem chokes you will be addicted.

    Great to find your blog and look forward to reading more and learning about your method of cooking.
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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      March 5, 2014 at 7:03 pm (8 months ago)

      Thanks! I am excited to try them! I’ll be sure to post if I find a winning recipe.

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  2. Faith (An Edible Mosaic)
    March 1, 2014 at 2:12 am (8 months ago)

    Thank you so much for participating in the swap and helping to make it a success! I have never come across a veggie I didn’t like and I’m super jealous of your book, lol! I love that it has info on fiddlehead ferns! I had them last year for the first time and was hooked…they are so good! :)

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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      March 1, 2014 at 7:40 am (8 months ago)

      Thanks for stopping by my blog! I would highly recommend this cookbook to any veggie lover. I was so happy to get it! If I can find fiddleheads next month, I’ll definitely post a recipe or two.

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  3. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    February 28, 2014 at 9:13 pm (8 months ago)

    Kristina…what a GREAT book! There are several veggies I resist using because I’m not quite sure how to work with them. For instance, I never thought to peel the asparagus! I bet they are so much more tender. Looking forward to what you do with some fiddlehead ferns! :)
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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      March 1, 2014 at 7:43 am (8 months ago)

      I totally agree! I’ve shop at a Mexican/Polish market and there are always new and interesting things in the produce section that I have no idea what to do with. I’ve been wanting to try chayote, rutabagas, and celery root and now I can! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      March 1, 2014 at 7:44 am (8 months ago)

      I agree! The hard part is going to be finding them because they are only available at farmer’s markets for about 4 weeks beginning in April/May. Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

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  4. Holly
    February 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm (8 months ago)

    What a nice book! I think you’d like the one I received too, Well Fed 2– have you read it already? It is a paleo cookbook and I was happy it expanded my horizons and differed from my usual dessert cookbook. I bet I’d learn a lot from this vegetable book too.
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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      March 1, 2014 at 7:47 am (8 months ago)

      Oooo! I have not read Well Fed 2, but I have Well Fed and am a HUGE fan of Melissa over at The Clothes Make The Girl. I’ve been meaning to get Well Fed 2, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I might have to stop procrastinating and order a copy today! :) Thanks for stopping by. xoxo

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  5. Susan
    February 28, 2014 at 12:47 pm (8 months ago)

    This was really fun & I have enjoyed browsing all the new (to me) blogs!
    Thanks for the reference to Lake Shores Seasoning – off to order some & explore their other spices!
    Have a great weekend!

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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      March 1, 2014 at 7:53 am (8 months ago)

      Lakeshore is my current favorite all-purpose seasoning. They also have it in a salt-free version (it’s called Sunny Paris). I also LOVE “Back of the Yards.” They recommend it mostly for pork, chicken, and fish, but it is fantastic on meat and veggies as well. If you like heat, try their Vulcan salt. The Spice House is awesome. I have to limit my trips there because I cannot control myself when I pop in! Thanks for stopping by my blog! xoxo

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  6. Jenna
    February 28, 2014 at 12:30 pm (8 months ago)

    Fiddlehead Ferns?? That’s a crazy looking veg but now I want to hunt them down! :) I recently discovered Jerusalem Artichokes this year in my CSA and blogged a recipe for them. They are awesome, strange little things! Great to discover your blog through the swap!

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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      March 1, 2014 at 7:57 am (8 months ago)

      Ooooo! I pinned your Sunchoke “steak fries” recipe this morning. The book says fiddleheads are only available for about a month beginning in April/May so keep a close eye out or you might miss them! BTW, you have GORGEOUS photography on your blog, I’m glad I discovered it through the swap. Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

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  7. SeattleDee
    February 28, 2014 at 10:30 am (8 months ago)

    Fiddleheads at the local Farmers’ Market mark the arrival of Spring, but the kohlrabi remains a culinary puzzle – what DO you do with it?
    Thank you for my terrific cookbook treasure, Ina is always welcome in my kitchen. :>)
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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      March 1, 2014 at 8:01 am (8 months ago)

      The book says you can peel kohlrabi and slice it about 1/8 – 1/4 thick then sauté it in butter or rendered bacon/pancetta fat for about 20 minutes. It also says that you can use it as a substitute for turnips in just about any recipe. Glad you liked the book! It was fun swapping with you. xoxo

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  8. Adriana
    February 28, 2014 at 5:46 am (8 months ago)

    The fiddlehead ferns look SO cool. I had never heard of them before and now am curious. I wish I had peeled the asparagus bunch I bought the other day. Thanks for sharing that great tip.
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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      February 28, 2014 at 5:53 am (8 months ago)

      I’ve only seen fiddlehead ferns in the florist shop, never at my local farmer’s market so I am excited to try them as well. The book says they are usually available for a month beginning in April or May. They can also be called ostrich ferns or fern shoots and have an asparagus-like flavor. I’m excited to try them! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      February 28, 2014 at 6:16 am (8 months ago)

      Me too! I’m going to go on a serious hunt for them next month and hope for the best! xoxo

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        • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
          March 1, 2014 at 8:02 am (8 months ago)

          I DO have a Trader Joe’s nearby so I will be on the lookout for them there. I am originally from California and before I moved to Chicago, I Googled the closest Trader Joe’s location. I honestly don’t think I would have moved if there were not a TJ’s in close proximity. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog! xoxo

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