Super-Easy Summertime Vegetable Recipes

These summertime recipes from legendary cookbook author Deborah Madison come together in no time.

Vegetable Literacy cover

In "Vegetable Literacy", veteran cookbook author Deborah Madison explores ingredients as members of 12 families, discovering how developing an understanding of how plants relate to one another botanically helps her use plants more effectively in the kitchen.

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One of the very best things about summer is the abundance of fresh, local, homegrown foods we get to enjoy. At this time of year, a visit to the garden or farmers market is enough to inspire us in the kitchen. The following recipes from Vegetable Literacy all feature summer flavors and ingredients that can be swapped out in smart ways with whatever you have available in abundance. Enjoy the simplicity and health of the freshest summer produce.

Braised Fennel Wedges with Saffron and Tomato Recipe
Vegetable Ragout of Radishes, Leeks and Peas Recipe
Beluga Lentil Salad with Purslane and Green Coriander Buds Recipe
Cooked Lentils Recipe
Dill-Flecked Yogurt Sauce Recipe


You can purchase Deborah Madison's cookbook Vegetable Literacy: Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom, with over 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes from our store: Vegetable Literacy