I was checking out a new wine store in town yesterday, and spotted this cookbook on a shelf. Dandelion & Quince by Michelle McKenzie. Just couldn't resist! The photography was beautiful, the recipes unique and experimental, with wonderful combinations of little used fruits, vegetables and herbs. Definitely my sort of book. And one I will be giving as gifts.
There are so many things I want to try. Which goal, however does require assembling some ingredients not usually on my list. Burdock... yes, I've seen it in the market here, also known as gobo. It's popular in Japanese cooking. Though I had no idea as to its flavor profile, possibilities and excellent nutrition. Cardoons? No, we don't see them in Hawaii. But, learning from her techniques, we can substitute with things that do grow here. Experimentation is the note of the day. Opening ourselves up to new ingredients and ways of combining them.
From the Publishers notes:"Dandelion and Quince features plant profiles—from dandelion to quince—for over 35 uncommon vegetables, fruits, and herbs available in today's markets—with over 150 recipes that explore their flavors.