Cooking Vegetables, Chez Panisse Style

Chez Panisse VegetablesA friend purchased this book for me several years back as a birthday present. And I have to admit, at first blush, it seemed a bit under whelming. Chez Panisse Vegetables doesn't have the usual smattering of bright, eye-popping photos of mouthwatering dishes. Instead, the illustrations are simple, few, and understated.  

But don't be fooled by this book's Spartan visual style, there is a ton of valuable information in here.  Each chapter focuses on a particular vegetable, citing its seasonal availabi