Town Hall Seattle: Becky Selengut with Bethany Jean Clement — 'Misunderstood Vegetables: How to Fall in Love with Sunchokes, Rutabaga, Eggplant and More'

An event in partnership with Town Hall Seattle

Town Hall Seattle and Third Place Books present Becky Selengut for a discussion of her book, Misunderstood Vegetables: How to Fall in Love with Sunchokes, Rutabaga, Eggplant and MoreSelengut will be joined in conversation by Bethany Jean Clement.

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About the event. . . 

Go from “what the heck is this” to “how does it taste so good” in a celebration of misfit vegetables.

Maybe you just discovered celery root (a lumpy, softball-sized bulb), at the grocery store. Or perhaps you received watermelon radishes in a CSA package. Did a parsnip catch your eye at the farmers’ market? Even vegetables you think you know, like cabbage or brussels sprouts, will reveal next-level flavor with the right recipe.

Becky Selengut has made it her mission to take less popular — or even outright scorned vegetables like beets and okra — and cook them into irresistible dishes. It’s all about knowing how to cook or serve them and what herbs and spices to incorporate. In Misunderstood Vegetables, Selengut highlights 25 vegetables, with recipes alongside history, step-by-step preparation, and storage tips. Organized by season, recipes include Feta and Citrus Salad, Charred Chard with Spicy Chile Oil, and Celery Root Gratin.

Calling all plant-curious citizens, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to explore the world of unusual and underused produce like never before.

Becky Selengut is an author, instructor, podcaster, and chef based in Seattle. Her books include: How to TasteShroomGood Fish, and Not One Shrine. Her latest book Misunderstood Vegetables is slated for publication by W.W. Norton (Countryman Press) for February 20, 2024. Selengut is the co-host of the local foods podcast Field to Fork. When Selengut is not the chef aboard the M/V Thea Foss, she forages, makes a mean Manhattan, and shares her life with her sommelier wife April Pogue and their lovably loony pointer mix Izzy. 

Bethany Jean Clement is a food critic for the Seattle Times. Her writing has also appeared in multiple Best Food Writing anthologies, Food & WineThe StrangerEdible Seattle, Gourmet, and many other publications, as well as on the windows of the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. She is the former food writer and managing editor of The Stranger, and a former staff writer and managing editor for Seattle Weekly.

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