I love a good cookbook – especially when it includes information beyond the recipes. Dirt Candy took a unique approach in coming out with a graphic novel format. Amanda Cohen gives the reader behind-the-scenes insight into how she came about developing her vegetable-focused restaurant (not to be called “vegetarian” because that has specific connotations), what really goes on in a restaurant kitchen, and explains various cooking terms in an easy-to-understand manner. Vegetables need to be treated differently when they are the star of the show and the recipes included in Dirt Candy sound pretty interesting.
While there were a lot of things I picked up from this book, most of the recipes were out of my comfort zone since they took a fair amount of time (there were numerous things you had to start preparing a day in advance). There were some basic things I’d try and, like I said, Cohen explained things in a very clear and straight-forward way which I appreciated. This was a quick-read that I enjoyed. I’d recommend it if you’re looking into experimenting with a more vegetable-focused menu and want to see how to get creative with it.