Book Report: Melissa’s Great Book of Produce

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The subtitle of Melissa’s Great Book of Produce by Cathy Thomas , “everything you need to know about fresh fruits and vegetables,” is right on the mark: Here you’ll find an alphabetical listing of both common and exotic fruits and vegetables, 100 recipes, beautiful color photos, nutritional information, and tips on buying, storing, preparing, and using the produce. Among the featured stars are multiple varieties of berries, dragon fruit, melons, pears, beans, beets, chiles, garlic, mushrooms, microgreens, and squashes. Melissa’s/World Variety Produce, established in L.A. in 1984, imports and distributes hundreds of items of specialty produce from around the globe—so this is the source. Founders Joe and Sharon Hernandez named the company after their daughter and have helped introduce trends (like “baby” vegetables) to cooks worldwide.