Loosely the story of how a divorced, middle-aged Jewish professor of English moved from San Francisco to rural Sonoma County, California, and found fulfillment in the ups and downs of garlic farming, this intensely personal narrative describes the interplay of generations and cultures in Northern California. It should have particular appeal for garlic heads, would-be writers, middle-aged men in transition, feisty septuagenarians, and touchy-feely types. Along with fiercely prejudiced discourses on garlic, Chester Aaron presents his sentimental story in crisp, no-nonsense prose loaded with Woody Allen-esque asides and self-deprecating observations. The book ends with 40 recipes.
Aaron grows over thirty garlics from seventeen countries: this blend of garlic cultivation tips, folklore, and use advice includes more than thirty garlic recipes, but is most noted for its wealth of growing tips and its approach to garlic appreciation. A whimsical and practical memoir with recipes, this will appeal to any prior garlic fan. -- Midwest Book Review