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Book Review: Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison

Vegetable Literacy: Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom, with over 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes by
Deborah Madison is an excellent book which describes just about every vegetable classification for biologists, herbalists, nutritionists, food connoisseurs and dieticians everywhere.

The presentation is organized by vegetable family. Each member of the family is described in detail, with information about appearance, history, and nutritive value. The presentation is aimed at healthful eating of organic produce. The author explains how to literally cook vegetables from your own garden.

The book has an exhaustive classification system describing families like carrots, mints, sunflowers, legumes, cabbage and onions. The contents have fascinating botanical notes, family pairings, and companion flavors which explore vegetables from the ground up. The presentation provides the important distinguishing characteristics of fresh produce.

The following families are represented in the book:

- The Carrot Family
– The Mint Family
– The Sunflower Family
– The Knotweed Family
– The Cabbage Family
– The Nightshade Family
– The Goosefoot and Amaranth Families
– The (former) Lily Family
– The Cucurbit Family
– The Grass Family
– The Legume Family
– The Morning Glory Family

For instance, the carrot family includes angelica, anise, celery, chervil, dill and fennel. The mint family includes basil, bee balm, chia seeds, mint, oregano, sage and thyme.

The sunflower family includes artichoke, chamomile, endives, milk thistle and daisies. Legumes include alfalfa, chickpeas, fenugreek, lentils, mung beans and soybeans. The cabbage family includes arugala, bok choy, broccoli, horseradish, kale, radish, turnip and watercress.

Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison is an important botanical resource for a wide constituency of health buffs, students and professionals everywhere. The book is well written with many full color illustrations.

About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.