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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570617317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570617317
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For those fortunate enough to have a plot of arable land, what can be more rewarding and satisfying than creating a vegetable garden? It may be just adequate enough to raise a few greens for a summer salad, or it may offer acreage sufficient to sow rows of corn or establish a raspberry patch. Gardener Galloway encourages even urban dwellers to consider raising their own fruits and vegetables. In this guide, she offers instructions on basic preparation of growing beds, including composting, an essential step for her preferred method of organic agriculture. For every potential garden product, Galloway describes its characteristics, preferred varieties, and best propagation methods from seed to harvest. She inventories commonly available greens, herbs, squashes, tubers, cabbages, and fruits. For each crop, she offers a recipe, virtually all vegetarian save for a classic grilled leg of lamb with fragrant rosemary. Color photographs accentuate the most appealing qualities of both produce and finished dishes.
Booklist

Sustainable gardening and eating locally are popular now, and this is one of a number of new books for kitchen gardeners. Master gardener and radio commentator Galloway (former West Coast editor, Organic Gardening ) concentrates here on herbs, greens, legumes, squash, cabbage, roots, tubers and bulbs, warm-season vegetables, and fruits, giving hints on planning a garden, using good soil, planting, watering, fertilizing, weeding, and dealing with insects and diseases. Chapters describe individual crops and suggest the best way to plant, grow, harvest, store, and cook them. Galloway recommends particular varieties and notes botanical and family names, edible parts, and problems in growing. For each kind of produce, she also provides a recipe that is simple and easy to prepare. Some are unusual, such as Tartines with Gruyère and Radish Greens, Roasted Beets with Winter Citrus Vinaigrette, and Cucumber Wedges with Chile and Lime. Full-page color photographs accompany many of the recipes and produce descriptions. VERDICT This book is recommended for all readers interested in eating what they grow.
Library Journal

Galloway's enthusiasm and expertise inform every page of her first book. Don't be fooled by the elegant design; this isn't a book about landscaping with edibles. It's a down-to-earth look at how to organically and successfully grow your dinner. What makes this book stand out from the hundreds of other new vegetable-gardening books? It's Galloway's recommendations for varieties that thrive here, from blueberries to basil. And her eclectic recipes ensure that "Grow Cook Eat" won't languish on the book shelf. You'll have it out on the kitchen counter to try Shaved Summer Squash with Pecorino Romano, maybe with Raspberry-Infused Vodka Spritzers.
Valerie Easton, The Seattle Times

Like to eat as much as you like to garden? Willi Galloway's Grow Cook Eat...gives a recipe for each crop.
Sunset

The pretty garden and food photography will draw any novice in, and the conversational tone makes the book feel like the gentle guidance of a best friend. Even old hands will make use of the introductory chapters, a useful guide to basic gardening know how.
Organic Gardening

For a comprehensive guide to growing and using vegetbles in your kitchen, don't miss this book by Willi Galloway. Grow Cook Eat is packed full of growing tips, harvesting ideas and 50 recipes.
Birds & Blooms

All cookbooks and gardening guides should aspire to be like Grow Cook Eat, a marvelous hybrid by Master Gardener Willi Galloway... Feast on this book and you’ll never garden or cook the same way. You’ll certainly never eat the same way again.
Greenwoman Magazine

...enthusiastic and sensible. 
The Chicago Tribune

If there was a book that I could imagine that would teach me everything I needed to know to grow the edibles I had my heart set on from edamame and melons to garlic, tomatillos and tatsoi, this would be it... Willi Galloway presents a comprehensive, elegant manual to vegetable gardening that delivers just the right amount of guidance and hand-holding as you nurture your first strawberries or coax jalapeño peppers from flowers to fruit. And the beautiful, evocative photos of luscious, bountiful harvests are all the encouragement you need.
Spade & Spatula

A recipe that will reward you for the bounty you’ve brought into the kitchen but won’t exhaust you with an additional grocery list or hours in the kitchen. An accessible and inspired compendium.
Bay Area Bites, KQED

The photos are dreamy, the recipes tantalizing (Lemony Broccoli Rabe, Strawberry Basil Ice Cream...), with plenty of tips on harvesting, storing, and how to successfully grow what you eat.
The Seattle Times

Over the years, I’ve bought more than my share of gardening books for inspiration and guidance. Most have been tossed aside for a more laissez-faire approach, because it all seemed so complicated and most were so boringly dull. That is, until I got the recently published book, Grow Cook Eat: A Food Lover’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening, by Portlander Willi Galloway... 
Grow Cook Eat is equally as valuable for gardeners with years of experience under their belt, as it is for the novice who’s been wanting a vegetable garden but was too overwhelmed to start. It is easy to follow, inspiring, and a valuable resource for all.
Diane Prokop

...I can't recommend it enough. Not only is it lovely to behold, it's imminently practical to use and apply. This is the gardening book you absolutely want to have on hand this coming growing season.
Ashley English, Small Measure

...this how-to from Willi Galloway is hotter than a serrano pepper.
Cynthia Lair, Cookus Interruptus

...a warm and inviting look at garden abundance that’s helped me through yet another cold, dark, wet winter.  Some people fantasize about tropical locales and swaying palm trees — I dream of warm soil and the sticky green smell of tomato plants; fresh fava beans and tender salads.  This is one dog-gone gorgeous book! ...Grow Cook Eat – and the photographs of Jim Henkens, are in another class altogether. Soft, friendly, close up shots put the reader right on their knees in the garden, in the kitchen or — best of all —  at the table(!) with Willi as she instructs and inspires gardeners to grow their own groceries.
Planted at Home

I honestly didn't think there was too much more I needed to know about growing my own food. But I have been proven wrong. Former Organic Gardening magazine editor and creator of the popular blog "DigginFood", Willi Galloway, shares with us her time honored gardening techniques and ways to use every part of the plant, seed to root, in the kitchen... With this book by your side, very little of your harvest will end up in the compost pile.
Project Foodie

About the Author

Willi Galloway is an award-winning radio commentator and writer who lives and gardens in Portland, Oregon. She writes about kitchen gardening and seasonal cooking on her popular blog, DigginFood.com, and pens the weekly column, "The Gardener," on Apartment Therapy's Re-Nest blog. Each Tuesday morning, Willi offers vegetable gardening advice on Seattle's popular NPR call-in show, Greendays. She also teaches a joint gardening and cooking class with James Beard award-nominated chef Matthew Dillon at the Corson Building in Seattle and hosts an online garden-to-table cooking show, Grow. Cook. Eat., with her husband, Jon. Willi was the West Coast Editor of Organic Gardening magazine from 2003 to 2010. The author lives in Portland, OR.

More About the Author

Willi Galloway is an award-winning radio commentator and writer. Willi began her career at Organic Gardening magazine, where she worked her way up from editorial intern to West Coast Editor. She moved to Seattle in 2003 and became an active participant in the urban agriculture movement, earning her Master Gardener certification in 2004 and serving for six years on the board of directors of Seattle Tilth--a nationally recognized nonprofit that teaches people to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community by growing organic food. This work introduced her to hundreds of other urban gardeners, and like many of them, she has grown food in untraditional places, including on the roof of an apartment building, at the Interbay P-Patch (an acclaimed community garden right in the middle of Seattle), and in the sunny front yard of her home.

Willi writes about kitchen gardening and seasonal cooking on her popular blog, DigginFood.com, and pens the weekly column "The Gardener" on Apartment Therapy's Re-Nest blog. Each Tuesday morning, she offers vegetable gardening advice on Seattle's popular NPR call-in show, Greendays. She also teaches a joint gardening and cooking class with James Beard Award-nominated chef Matthew Dillon at the Corson Building in Seattle, and hosts an online garden-to-table cooking show, Grow. Cook. Eat., with her husband, Jon. Their garden has been featured in Sunset magazine. Willi currently lives and gardens in Portland, Oregon, with her four chickens, Inky, Clyde, Bumble, and Boo Boo, and her lab, Domino.

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This is a book for gardeners and cooks.
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The photos are excellent and really make the book because they are not only beautiful but helpful.
Shannon
I got this book from the library and decided to buy my own .
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Shannon on January 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent veggie gardening book. It is big, 8.5 x 10.5 and almost 300 pages. The organization is clear and uncomplicated. She starts out with general gardening tips, marches through sections on herbs, greens, legumes, squash, cabbages, roots/tubers/bulbs, warm season veggies, and ends with fruit. The format is the same throughout: a short intro to the section and then each produce item. Each item has an intro, a thorough but concise tips on planting, growing, harvesting, storing, cooking, varieties, and a short overview of edible parts and potential problems, followed by a recipe.

The format is conducive to learning and very enjoyable to read. I received the book this afternoon and have spent several hours reading it. The photos are excellent and really make the book because they are not only beautiful but helpful. There is enough space on each page to add your own notes. While we may disagree about the best lettuce, baby "Merveille De Quatre Saisons" from Renee's Garden is our favorite, Willi's book is a winner for gardeners of every level.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Katy Gilmore on February 11, 2012
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"Grow, Cook, Eat" is a gorgeous, practical guide - enhanced by Jim Henkens's photographs of enticing vegetables and the author at work in her garden. The book describes the pleasures and satisfactions of eating what you grow - and tells you how.
Many people know Willi Galloway from KUOW's popular Seattle radio show "Greendays," her website (digginfood.com), and her many guest appearances at gardening events. In the book's introduction she says: "So think of the guides and advice in these pages as a recipe you can make your own - add a cup more here, a pinch less there - and have as much fun as possible."
The first chapter of the book is a perfect guide for new gardeners, and chock-full of hints for more experienced ones. In a solid, readable way, she covers the gardening fundamentals from planning and planting to dealing with weeds.
Then the book divides into sections on herbs, greens, legumes, squash, cabbage, roots, tubers, and bulbs, warm-season vegetables, and fruit. Each category gets specific by describing the vegetables, their cultivation preferences, and when and how to harvest.
But what makes this book stand out is what comes next: past the growing and the harvesting of each vegetable to the cooking. After reading about basil, turn the page and encounter Willi's "Nona's Pesto," or learn about growing shallots on one page, followed by their use in "Everyday Vinaigrette" on the next.
It's a handsome book with an elegant, inviting design beginning with the cover - a well-used pan full of roasted carrots on a weathered blue table. It will inspire, encourage, and make you hungry to try her "Butternut Squash Tacos with Spicy Black Beans" - "also Rhubarb Chutney"!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Lynn on January 31, 2012
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I am a gardener who was looking for a reference book to give as a gift to several of my newbie gardening friends. It needed to be easy to read, hold the reader's interest and provide timely and useful information. This book met all the criteria, so much in fact that I feel this book will become a valuable resource for gardeners everywhere to keep in their collection, and refer to for years to come. The formatting makes this beautiful book extremely functional as well. The division of the book into sections from the how to's of starting your garden to the sowing, harvesting and cooking of the veggies makes it a truly user friendly handbook for gardeners of any skill level. The design, layout, and photographs are like the spices one might add to a basic recipe. The end result is a gourmet tome worth reading and savoring until you are able to get out and plant your first seeds of the season.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ann B. Keller on July 20, 2012
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What a wonderful resource this book is! From planning your garden, fertilizing and preventing disease and pests, the author provides good instruction for the amateur gardener. Those with more experience will definitely enjoy the chapters devoted to particular types of vegetables, such as legumes, the cabbage family, fruits and herbs.

The author also includes dozens of savory recipes for cooking your garden's produce. Lemony Broccoli Rabe sounded very appealing, as did the recipes for Strawberry Basil Ice Cream, Fennel Potato and Apple Gratin and Herbed Edamame Salad. In addition, the author also provides great tips on storing vegetables, so you can have a little taste of summer all year long.

Wonderful photographs by Jim Henkens supplement this delightful book, providing mouth watering appeal from garden to basket or cutting board, and finally to the table. This book is a great gift idea.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Seattle Cook on February 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
What a joy! Clearly the work of a passionate and loving gardener (and chef!). The book is gorgeous enough for your coffee table but also contains a lifetime of gardening secrets in a format that is useable for gardeners of every level and recipes to keep you inspired from Spring planting through Fall harvest. Bravo on the creation of the book the world has been waiting for.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Renee on February 2, 2012
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This book is an absolute must-have for those who, like me, are new to the gardening scene but love to cook and eat healthy foods. Even for the experienced gardener, this book provides a wealth of information unique to each of the greens highlighted in its pages. I learned everything from how to keep away pesky garden pests to which flavors best complement the wide variety of veggies featured in this book. What impresses me most is how thorough the author is in guiding readers through the process of successfully sowing seeds to serving up wonderful dishes that feature your hard work and TLC in the garden. I can't wait to get growing!
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