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In her bestselling Complete Book of Edible Landscaping , Creasy introduced edible landscaping as an alternative to the purely ornamental. Now she celebrates the marriage of gardening and cooking in lively text and full-color photographs. Useful to cooks and gardeners alike, her book profiles individual gardeners and cooks, famous (Seppi Renggli of the Four Seasons) and not (Jan Blum, an heirloom vegetable gardener in Idaho); discusses how some began and maintain their gardens; and offers recipes for what they cook with fresh produce. The range of expertise Creasy discovers is impressive. No garden featured is merely pretty or just practicalshe proves the beauty and utility of even the humble potato (available in blue, red and white varieties), as well as the newfound potential of edible flowers. All told, Creasy discusses 17 theme gardens based on types of vegetables and flowers (e.g., herbs) and the cuisines of regions and countries. Her unusually comprehensive source listings of seed companies, growers' organizations, etc., along with her encyclopedia of "superior vegetables," could stand alone as an invaluable reference work.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 547 pages
  • Publisher: Random House, Inc.; Reprint edition (March 17, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871565889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871565884
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,169,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosalind Creasy is an award-winning garden and food writer, photographer, and landscape designer with a passion for beautiful vegetables and fruits combined with the strong conviction that gardening should be an ecologically positive endeavor. Her first book, the bestselling "The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping," written in 1982, stood as the seminal book on the subject for more than 25 years. It was one of the first American landscaping books to advocate organic methods, encourage recycling, and provide alternatives to resource-wasting gardening techniques. It served to move edibles out of their former sheltered backyard existence into the prominence of the front yard. Since the book's publication, the term "edible landscaping" has become part of horticultural, architectural, and common jargon.

An accomplished photographer, Ros was among the first to photograph the then-unknown heirloom tomatoes and melons, blue potatoes and corn, mesclun salad greens, and edible flowers. She popularized these and other outstanding, but little-known vegetables, in her 1988 book "Cooking From the Garden." Once again her writing broke new ground, introducing the American public to a vast new palette (and palate) of vegetables like candy cane striped 'Chioggia' beets; purple, red, white, and yellow carrots; 'Rosa Bianca' eggplants, baby bok choi, 'Rainbow' chard, chipotle peppers, purple artichokes, and other culinary delights that started out in high-end restaurants and now are seen in farmers markets and home gardens across the country.

Frustrated by America's penchant for lawns, for the last twenty-five years Ros has used her front garden to showcase an ever-changing display of edible ornamentals from A to Z, including 'Pink Pearl' apples, thornless blackberries, purple cauliflower, Kaffir lime, variegated peppermint, and golden zucchini and in themes as diverse as a Magic Circle Herb Garden to The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and a vegetable maze. Her engaging gardens welcome friends and neighbors; children regularly stop by to feed the chickens.

Rosalind is a much sought-after speaker and lecturer, addressing groups as diverse as Master Gardeners, Idaho Landscape Designers, horticultural societies from coast to coast, the Garden Writers Association, college landscaping programs, Celebrity Cruises, Seed Savers Exchange Annual Convention, Monticello, and Colonial Williamsburg. Her magnificent photography--not only of her own unique and enviable gardens, edible harvests, and cuisine, but also of gardens and gardeners she has visited--enriches her talks, enticing and inspiring audiences across the country.

Since 1982, Rosalind has written 18 books on gardening and cooking, including "Cooking from the Garden" and "Rosalind Creasy's Recipes From the Garden," and the children's book"Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes, How to Grow a Rainbow Garden." Her works have garnered some prestigious awards: Edible Landscaping won the Garden Writers Association (GWA) Quill & Trowel Award, as did Earthly Delights. Cooking from the Garden won the GWA Award of Excellence, In 1999 Ros was made a "Fellow" in the Garden Writers Association, an honor bestowed on only 64 people in the organization's 60 years, and in 2009 was inducted into the Garden Writers prestigious Hall of Fame.

Her varied and unique skills are in high demand. For more than a decade, she has been the exclusive photographer for a number of calendars, including the best-selling Seed Savers Calendar. In the past few years, Ros' photography and writing have been featured numerous magazines including Mother Earth News, Gardening How-To, Country Decorating, Sunset magazine, The LA Times, and Southwest Airline's Spirit Magazine. She has been a guest on NPR's "Science Friday with Ira Flatow" and APM's "The Splendid Table" with Lynn Rosetto Casper.

An acclaimed landscape designer, her gardens range beyond California, with design installations at The New York Botanical Garden and Powell Gardens in Kansas City.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
When I saw this book had been published 14 years ago, I couldn't believe it. The information is timely, the recipes are wonderful, and Rosalind Creasy's pragmatic style is incredibly friendly and helpful. I love this cooking and gardening book that helps me integrate these 2 passions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 1997
Format: Paperback
Whether your passion is gardening or cooking, it will be both by the time you're finished with this excellent book. I enjoyed it cover to cover and now would like to own a copy of it to use as a reference manual. From mexican cooking to which flowers can be eaten and how to prepare them, this is an all encompasing book about what to grow and what to do with it when it's grown
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Thsi cookbook is so much more than just a cookbook It has lots of help growing the food that goes in reciepts. Beautiful color plates of so much inside. You will just set down and read it for ideas. !
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