Acclaimed by doctors and nutritionists for their miraculous health benefits, brassicas such as kale, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage can also be the most delicious part of your meal when properly prepared. The 80 inventive recipes in Brassicas play to each vegetable’s strengths, favoring techniques that celebrate their intrinsic flavors instead of masking them under layers of cheese or boiling them to death. Think of the inherent sweetness that can be coaxed from perfectly roasted Brussels sprouts, or the bright, peppery punch of a watercress and arugula salad.
Straightforward cooking methods like roasting, sautéing, pickling, and stir-frying transform brassicas into satisfying dishes, such as Creamy Cauliflower Gratin, Spicy Kale Fried Rice, Charred Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Fig Glaze, and Broccoli and Pepper Jack Frittata.
These nutritional powerhouses are high in vitamins and minerals, fiber, phytochemicals, and glucosinolates, and have been shown to act as antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and liver detoxifiers, among other health benefits. In addition to cooking instructions, Brassicas arms you with complete selection, storage, washing, and prepping instruction, enabling you to showcase all these vegetables—from the commonplace kale to the more adventurous bok choy or mizuna—in your everyday meals.