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The Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables: The 100 Easiest-to-Grow, Tastiest-to-Eat Vegetables for Your Garden Paperback – January 31, 2012

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*Starred Review* To qualify as an heirloom, nationally recognized gardening writer Iannotti explains, a vegetable plant must be more than 50 years old, “storied or historic,” and open pollinated (no hybrids). Heirlooms are invaluable for their “genetic uniqueness” and because they “have developed natural resistance to pests and diseases.” Heirloom vegetables have been zealously reclaimed of late as gardeners seek to cultivate high-quality produce and recognize just how crucial it is to maintain biological diversity in the edible plant world. So what criteria did Iannotti use to select her 100 favorite heirloom vegetables out of today’s great inventory? Taste. But as her 10 selection categories (aromatic, beautiful, classic, colorful, long season, prolific, spicy, sweet, unusual, and versatile) reveal, there is much more to consider. Each lively vegetable profile includes an analysis of its flavor, notes and tips on growing and harvesting, and pleasingly informative and artistic color photographs. Iannotti also offers “Seed-Saving Basics” to encourage gardeners to safeguard heirloom legacies. Iannotti’s enthusiastic, handsome, and useful guide is, indeed, ideal for beginners, but it will also appeal to experienced gardeners and every cook interested in securing the most luscious and alluring vegetables. --Donna Seaman

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"To qualify as an heirloom, nationally recognized gardening writer Iannotti explains, a vegetable plant must be more than 50 years old, “storied or historic,” and open pollinated (no hybrids). Heirlooms are invaluable for their “genetic uniqueness” and because they “have developed natural resistance to pests and diseases.” Heirloom vegetables have been zealously reclaimed of late as gardeners seek to cultivate high-quality produce and recognize just how crucial it is to maintain biological diversity in the edible plant world. So what criteria did Iannotti use to select her 100 favorite heirloom vegetables out of today’s great inventory? Taste. But as her 10 selection categories (aromatic, beautiful, classic, colorful, long season, prolific, spicy, sweet, unusual, and versatile) reveal, there is much more to consider. Each lively vegetable profile includes an analysis of its flavor, notes and tips on growing and harvesting, and pleasingly informative and artistic color photographs. Iannotti also offers “Seed-Saving Basics” to encourage gardeners to safeguard heirloom legacies. Iannotti’s enthusiastic, handsome, and useful guide is, indeed, ideal for beginners, but it will also appeal to experienced gardeners and every cook interested in securing the most luscious and alluring vegetables."
(Dominique Browning Chicago Tribune)

"Not surprisingly, this is a great book for anybody who grows any sort of vegetable. Iannotti waxes poetic about these plants — and the gorgeous photos throughout the book back her up."
(Natural Home and Garden)

"Iannotti goes into incredible detail so you can savor a delectable array of old-world vegetables when it comes time to harvest."
(It's Easy Being Green)

"If the 250 pages of scintillating photographs of heirlooms don't have your taste buds watering and your green thumb twitching, I'm not sure what will."
(Publishers Weekly)

"Heirloom veggies—the ones grandma and grandpa used to grow—are all the rage, and master gardener and garden writer Iannotti will hold the garden-gloved hands of those who are new to the old reliables. She selects a cornucopia of veggies from artichokes to zucchini, with emphasis on easy-to-grow. She also highlights standouts that exhibit 10 particular vegetable virtues, like beautiful (the stunning violet cauliflower Di Sicilia Violetto); classic (the timeless spinach Bloomsdale Long Standing); and unusual (rat’s tail radish deserves its name). In addition to profiling 100 heirlooms, Iannotti also appends a variety of helpful materials, including resource and reading lists, a glossary, and a basic guide to seed saving. This is a friendly introduction to the vast world of heirlooms, which are good for the palate and great for the planet. Adding seductive evidence to the case are 116 lovely color photos of vegetables at their peak, great veggie porn."
(Curbly.com)

"Don't let the title of Marie Iannotti's new title from Timber Press fool you. Her guide for growing all that is heirloom is perfect for the beginner and the experienced gardener alike."
(Flowery Prose)

"Add to this the fantastic stories of the origins of some of these veggies and you’ve got my hands-down favourite gardening book of the season so far."
(New York Times Book Review)

Equally delicious, and deliciously dirt-filled, is THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO GROWING HEIRLOOM VEGETABLES: The 100 Easiest-to-Grow, Tastiest Vegetables for Your Garden (Timber Press, paper, $19.95), by Marie Iannotti. There’s no strict definition for what constitutes an heirloom vegetable, but most sources agree that open pollination among plants of the same variety is critical (as opposed to modern hybrids bred for industrial farming) and so is age — most heirloom varieties are more than 50 years old. Iannotti credits her father, a lifelong gardener, with passing along “an obsessive compulsion for heirloom vegetables.” She has a welcoming, breezy style and is refreshingly honest about the veggies that have let her down — “Strawberry” popcorn, “Moon and Stars” watermelon. “Every novice heirloom gardener should grow all kinds of beans,” she advises. This is a book for those who get no kick from Champagne, unless it’s served with ramps.

(The New York Times Book Review)

Equally delicious, and deliciously dirt-filled, is THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO GROWING HEIRLOOM VEGETABLES: The 100 Easiest-to-Grow, Tastiest Vegetables for Your Garden (Timber Press, paper, $19.95), by Marie Iannotti. There’s no strict definition for what constitutes an heirloom vegetable, but most sources agree that open pollination among plants of the same variety is critical (as opposed to modern hybrids bred for industrial farming) and so is age — most heirloom varieties are more than 50 years old. Iannotti credits her father, a lifelong gardener, with passing along “an obsessive compulsion for heirloom vegetables.” She has a welcoming, breezy style and is refreshingly honest about the veggies that have let her down — “Strawberry” popcorn, “Moon and Stars” watermelon. “Every novice heirloom gardener should grow all kinds of beans,” she advises. This is a book for those who get no kick from Champagne, unless it’s served with ramps.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Original edition (January 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604691883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604691887
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From New York to California, Marie Iannotti has grown thousands of varieties of plants in her own gardens and killed a good many of them along the way. She writes from experience. She is a Master Gardener emeritus as well as a former Cooperative Extension Horticulture Educator. Marie is currently the gardening expert for About.com and writes about the Hudson Valley and her own garden adventures at Practically Gardening. Marie is first and foremost a gardener who writes, photographs and speaks irreverently about gardening.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Fowler HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2012
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Sometimes half the fun of deciding what is going to be in your yearly vegetable garden lies in the selection available to you. If you're a seasoned gardener you probably already have plans set in place according to your family's palate and, perhaps, what grows best in your area. This guide is one of the more interesting and fun ones to browse I've run across in some time. Just because these veggies are easy to grow certainly doesn't mean they don't taste good. In fact, Marie Iannotti went through an extensive selection process to find which ones were the tastiest. Because of her self-imposed limitation, she "chose varieties that offer flavors you will not find elsewhere and hardy plants that show off their wares."

The categories Ianotti considered distinguished themselves by being aromatic, prolific, beautiful, spicy, classic, sweet, colorful, unusual, could be harvested throughout the season, or versatile. Some naturally fit into two or more categories making them even more appealing. In her introduction, she discusses what an heirloom vegetable is and the criteria it must have to be considered one. For example, "they must be more than 50 years old." A healthy list of North American seed sources and European seed-saving networks are listed in the back of the book. Also included is an index, a glossary, a vegetable seed-saving guide, a hardiness zone chart, and an additional recommend book list to explore.

Vibrant photographs of harvested heirloom vegetables generously sprinkle the pages. The preface to plant specifics includes a fascinating historical vignette.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bookworm27 on February 8, 2012
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wow-this book was a great introduction to heirloom vegetables.It has specific cultivars,great pics and is easy to understand.The resource section in back is an added bonus
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S.Markel on December 31, 2012
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The title fits this book to a T. It is very easy to read as it is written in such a lovely, personal style, and very informative. I've been growing heirloom tomatoes for years but wanted to branch out into other vegetables. This is a great book to give information about cultivation and characteristics. Seed catalogs don't have room to give the information you need to make a truly informed decision and this books goes a long way to providing this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on January 4, 2015
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I am conflicted about this book. The book is beautiful and well written. And when I say beautiful - I mean it! The photography is breathtaking. I liked the author's voice and I enjoyed reading what she had to say.

But the book feels like it sort of misses its mark slightly. This is not a comprehensive "beginner's guide" by any stretch. And as far as "easiest to grow, tastiest to eat"... well, this really is just her opinion on the varieties she liked best. And some of her choices seem a little odd - for example, she has literally thousands of heirlooms to choose from, and only 100 slots in this book, but she chooses to include several varieties that are recent introductions - NOT heirlooms. I just thought that was an odd choice.

This isn't a bad book. It is a quick read and definite eye candy for the garden lover. I think, perhaps, the title was the biggest problem with this book. Maybe it should have been called something like "My favorite heirlooms" or "reflections of an heirloom gardener" or something like that. By giving it such a grand title, it sets the expectation that this book is going to be far more comprehensive for beginners than it actually is.

That said, I enjoyed the book. I am glad I bought it. I'm not sure how helpful it will be to me [a seasoned gardener] and I think it might be frustrating for a beginner. But I enjoyed it none-the-less.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By joseph on January 19, 2013
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Very disapponting. More like a dictionary. Not enough information was contained therein to make it an extremely useful guide as the title would lead you to believe.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Moses on December 20, 2012
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This isn't exactly what I thought it was going to be, but I do like it. I was looking for something that gave a little more A-Z information on GROWING various crops, but found it more along the lines of a really nice picture book. Inspiring, but not a lot of technical information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 3, 2013
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This was purchased for my son for Christmas and he loves the Book. He can't wait for spring to arrive so he can used the tips that are in this book.
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Fantastic book. The author highlights the qualities of a few varieties of each vegetable including taste and days to maturity. This is especially helpful if you live in a place with a short growing season. This book is specific and doesn't try to tell you how to garden in general, which is really advantageous because it would just crowd the book with information that is already covered in the other gardening books you probably already have. It is also organized very well and the way each plant is presented is consistent so it's easy to go back and find the information you want. Beautiful pictures as well.
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