When it comes to making the most of seasonal vegetables, no one does it better than the Italians. From the editors of Phaidon Press, Vegetables From an Italian Garden (2011 Phaidon) is a great cookbook for novices and experts alike. Filled with 350 season-by-season recipes, it’s a simple division of dishes based on what’s fresh when. These dishes use produce you’ll find in Canada year-round: a savoury zucchini strudel, spicy broccoli and a cauliflower pasta (pictured above). Buon appetito!