cover image The Book of Kale & Friends

The Book of Kale & Friends

Sharon Hanna and Carol Pope. Douglas & McIntyre (PGW, U.S. dist; HarperCollins Canada, Canadian dist.), $22.95 trade paper (224p) ISBN 978-1-77162-014-7

With great enthusiasm and evidence of a solid base of knowledge and understanding of modern superfoods such as kale, arugula, herb fennel, garlic, rosemary, sage, mint, oregano and others, Hanna and Pope serve up more than 200 pages of hard to resist advice and recipes for "everything kale and friends." They present convincing reasons why planting, growing, consuming, living with, and loving this group of extremely healthful vegetables is good for people and the environment. In addition to providing supportive basics on planting and growing the herbs, the book includes concise gems of information about nutritional and health benefits of each, along with hints on how to eat them. These vegetables, they say, can just as easily be grown in pots as in the garden, making year around daily access to superfoods, grown in one's own living- space, possibe. The sound gardening advice provided, along with 160 pages of tempting recipes for any meal and any course, including deserts and drinks, will leave readers feeling confident that any and all ventures into the world of superfoods will be successful and rewarding.(Aug.)