This book gives you the confidence to blindly select any unusual root at a farm's stand or ethnic market. I promise — Morgan will arm you with recipes for it. She includes ideas for every meal of the day and every course on the menu. Morgan encourages us to root cellar and pickle these vegetables (even Jerusalem artichokes) at harvest for the lean months to come. She includes recipes for cocktails (a fresh carrot "zanahorita") and desserts: red velvet-beet cupcakes, an apple and rutabaga tart, and a parsnip cake with cream cheese frosting. Who knew?

ROOTS: THE DEFINITIVE COMPENDIUM WITH MORE THAN 225 RECIPES | by Diane Morgan | Chronicle Books | 432 pages | $40

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