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From Seed to Table: Growing, Harvesting, Cooking, and Preserving Food [Kindle Edition]

P.C. Zick , Robert Zick , Tonja Lee , Travis Miles
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Vegetable Gardening Basics

Gardening techniques, organic gardening, canning vegetables, and recipes galore


From Seed to Table offers the personal experiences of one couple who grow their own vegetables. Starting with winter, the book follows each season from the garden to the table.

Gardening suggestions, as used by Robert and Patricia Zick in their western Pennsylvania garden, are given along with tips and recipes for preserving and canning. The Zicks hope their experience with organic gardening will inspire others to grow their own food and to eat local food as much as possible. While not an exhaustive reference for all gardening, preserving, and cooking techniques, it is filled with firsthand experience from an experienced gardener and a veteran cook.

From Seed to Table provides methods for starting seeds and preparing the soil for the seedlings. Gardening techniques from composting to raised bed gardening are provided. The book also gives many recipes for making tomato sauce, salsa, and salads, as well as the methods for canning, freezing, and preserving many other vegetables.
Recipes
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Peas
  • Spinach
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From Seed to Table - Growing, Harvesting, Cooking, and Preserving Food is a delightfully personal account of gardening, both as fact and metaphor, in the lives of one long married couple. It is filled not only with very useful information about planning, starting, growing, harvesting, cooking and preserving fresh produce from your own garden, but also with personal stories and small town charm. The authors live in "Raccoon Township, Pennsylvania," for gosh sakes. It doesn't get much more down home charming than that! - Amazon review

This is a friendly book that makes you feel like you are just sitting and having a chat with a knowledgeable modern day homesteader. PC Zick has adapted a sustainable lifestyle with gardening and preserving in different climates, (Florida to Michigan to Pennsylvania) and urban to acreage. She shares her perspective in a manner that will benefit interested readers in varying locations. There are tips in there for the novice and the more experienced. - Dr. Jennifer Shambrook, Author

From the Author

Together, my husband and I grow, nurture, harvest, eat, and preserve the vegetables from our garden. When we can't grow it, we try to buy and eat local as much as possible.

There are plenty of books out there to give you the step-by-step instructions for starting a vegetable garden. In this book, we share our experience with gardening and preserving vegetables from our home in western Pennsylvania. I put together my Living Lightly blog posts from 2012 and 2013. When pulled together, the posts form a gardening journal. The vegetable recipes and canning and freezing guides are ones I've tested in our own kitchen. 

Most of all, we hope this book will encourage you to start your own garden. If that isn't possible, it might encourage you to seek out local produce at farmers' markets or local roadside stands. 

You won't save money gardening, if you measure in the hours it takes to grow and preserve the vegetables. The whole process - from Seed to Table - requires time and hard work. However, nothing satisfies us more than spending a morning preparing and canning quarts of our own pasta sauce or salsa. There's symmetry to the work as we do the tomato shuffle in our kitchen. Reminders throughout the winter months come whenever we eat a butternut squash from cold storage in the basement or savor steamed spinach frozen last May or open a jar of zucchini relish that goes on top of fish filets before baking.

We wish for you happy gardening and healthy eating, and we hope our little book inspires you to take one small step from Seed to Table.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1970 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988878240
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: P.C. Zick (December 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CW1TLFK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A year of their life August 14, 2013
By Tracy
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This book is written like a blog, almost feels like a visit. They take you through a year in their life as gardeners. There are many helpful examples of the process just as title describes from seed to table. I enjoyed reading it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fair book June 21, 2013
By Hal
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Not a bad book from a blog. Could have used less ruminations about climate change, it became a trite issue after awhile. Good zucchini recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars :) June 28, 2014
By Sarah
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This is a pretty good book. Very informative and thought provoking. This makes alot of sense. I highly recommend this. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting February 10, 2014
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good information for those trying to get back to growing our own food.
thank you for the information provided here
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, quick, read September 13, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and gave a glimpse into both production. The best part was that the author lives in the same geographic area as I do so I was able to easily relate to the challenges faced in her garden.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and informative August 10, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! Thanks for offering it on KDP promotion!

This is a friendly book that makes you feel like you are just sitting and having a chat with a knowledgeable modern day homesteader. PC Zick has adapted a sustainable lifestyle with gardening and preserving in different climates, (Florida to Michigan to Pennsylvania) and urban to acreage. She shares her perspective in a manner that will benefit interested readers in varying locations. There are tips in there for the novice and the more experienced.

Whether you get this on a kdp promotion day, Kindle prime, or pay the full price, the biggest investment with any book is the time spent to read it. This book is worth that investment. I plan to check out her other books as well.

If you are reading this review trying to decide whether or not to purchase the book, stop deliberating, click to purchase, and start reading an enjoyable and informative book!

Dr. Jennifer Shambrook, Author
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4.0 out of 5 stars BUSY GARDENER July 10, 2013
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I am a very busy gardener so I have only had time to peruse this book, From seed to Table. Very interested in studying it for answers to my many gardening problems!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative July 8, 2013
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A very informative and helpful book, it takes you through the steps of composting and preparing the ground, to growing and preserving.
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More About the Author

P.C. Zick began her writing career in 1998 as a journalist. She's won various awards for her essays, columns, editorials, articles, and fiction. She describes herself as a "storyteller" no matter the genre.

She's published five works of fiction and two nonfiction books.

She was born in Michigan and moved to Florida in 1980. She finds the stories of Florida and its people and environment a rich base for her storytelling platform. Florida's quirky and abundant wildlife - both human and animal - supply her fiction with tales almost too weird to be believable.

Her fiction contains the elements most dear to her heart, ranging from love to the environment. In her novels, she advances the cause for wildlife conservation and energy conservation. She believes in living lightly upon this earth with love, laughter, and passion.

"This is one of the most exciting times to be an author," Ms. Zick says. "I'm honored to be a part of the revolution in writing and publishing."



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