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ISBN: 0890877874; Author: Seigel, Helene; Publisher: Celestial Arts; Format: Paperback;

During a steamy summer in Los Angeles, while nibbling on assorted salads at a sidewalk cafe in the kind of neighborhood where nobody (female) weighs more than 120 pounds, I came to an important realization. I realized that one of the most perfect summer foods is eggplant, or more precisely, grilled eggplant marinated with olive oil, fresh herbs, and garlic -- the dish I was nibbling on at the moment. What more could a health-conscious yet serious eater ask for? It's lighter than meat, it absorbs flavors brilliantly, and it melts in your mouth while sending pleasingly complex messages to your brain. Since those salad days, I have had the continued pleasure of experimenting with eggplant. And while grilling remains a favorite way of cooking it, I have also discovered, like the lady in the song, that eggplant is a vegetable of many possibilities. Grill it, fry it, stuff it, roll it, bake it, or braise it. As the Turks know, who have more than a hundred ways to cook it, eggplant is a very versatile vegetable. And it's economical, to boot. So if, like the lady in the song, you feel an affinity for the unctuous purple vegetable (that is really a fruit), just peruse the recipes contained herein and then start cooking. Who knows? Eggplant may become your game too. 96 pages.