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Growing at the Speed of Life: A Year in the Life of My First Kitchen Garden Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 1, 2011

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Kerr, best known as the Galloping Gourmet television cooking personality, serves up new recipes and reflections on gardening in this lighthearted cookbook. Like many amateur gardeners, he was motivated to grow his own food by a desire both to improve his diet and to support local, sustainable, seasonal agriculture. In a compact chapter, he explains everything the impatient beginning gardener needs to get started. This section includes basic information on soil improvement, pest management, watering and weeding, germinating, composting, and crop rotation. The bulk of the book is devoted to detailed growing information and recipes for more than 60 fruits and vegetables. Fans of Kerr's lively style on the Food Network and in his cookbooks (Day-by-Day Gourmet) will enjoy this combination of jaunty gardening adventure and healthy and diverse recipes. Line drawings throughout. (Mar.)
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About the Author

Graham Kerr is the award-winning author and popular television personality whose mission of helping people make creative and lasting changes in their lifestyles is the driving principle behind his successful cookbooks and television shows. Since 1973, through personal appearances and in the media, he has taken his message of combining sound nutrition with creative cooking to such diverse groups as the American Dietetic Association of Culinary Professionals. He has worked closely with medical and food professionals internationally in developing his unique style of healthy cooking. Kerr lives with his wife, Treena, on Camano Island, Washington.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399536124
  • ASIN: B0057DAULY
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 9, 2011
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Graham Kerr was known to many as the Galloping Gourmet, but he also admits that he had never met a plant he couldn't kill. With this book he is attempting to change that and bring back home cooking and kitchen gardening. He presents great gardening advice, admits his gardening mistakes and gives more than 100 recipes that are easy to prepare. The few fruits and mostly vegetables are in alphabetical order and there is also a section on herbs. Each has descriptive information and nutritional information and a chart listing water, sun requirements, pests, soil, etc. that you would need for planting and growing. Several recipes follow, which also include some substitutions for fresh and frozen .

There are black and white line drawings of the plants and also some entertaining line drawings for illustrative purposes. Included is why Graham decided to grow a garden, the benefits of doing this and some of the best gardening information around, especially if you are a beginning gardener, but not too simple for a more experienced one either. Included is information on soil, raised beds, seed germination, transplanting, feeding, watering, composting, pests and diseases and the greenhouse. References and resources are listed with phone numbers and web sites .
This is an outstanding gardening book, it will inspire you to garden and cook what you grow.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By gardener97 on April 19, 2011
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Got to say I really like this book. I got it from the library and now I have to break down and buy it. It has very concise information on both growing and using - showing how to grow, say potatoes: different kinds from plain to blue designer, what to avoid, how to mound the soil, how to get a better skin, how to determine size, how to store, not to plant where nightshade has been and THEN how to cook - little potatoes go into boiling salted water whereas big potatoes go into cold water and bring to a boil. Boil 12 minutes, drain and cover with a towel for 10 minutes. Then mouth watering recipes follow. The Perfect Potato.

Everything you can grow to eat is covered in this kind of detail... I am impressed. I loved his TV show - very knowledgeable and funny guy... he is almost 80 now, still cooking and now gardening. Nice clear line drawings.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By V. L. Wilson on July 20, 2011
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After seeing Graham Kerr on the Rachel Ray show recently, still happy and healthy and touting this newest book; well, of course, I sent for it right away! I, too, have a raised-bed garden here on the eastern seaboard and prepare healthy food, so it is natural that I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written and illustrated book on gardening, vegetable cooking methods, and wonderful tasty recipes.

Younger folk may not remember Kerr's television show with all the humor and fun (The Galloping Gourmet)but I do and learned a lot about cooking - Graham Kerr continues to make changes, make recipes even simpler yet very tasty, and, together with his wife Treena, are active in Christian and community service. He welcomes input thru his website. You won't be disappointed in this book if you like gardening and easy cooking, plus being a healthy active person.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Marsin on April 28, 2011
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As a small vegetable grower, I'm finding this book very helpful in determining my rotation and field planting plan. It might possibly replace my copy of Carrots, Love Tomatoes book. I very much like how it's organized by listing the growing specifications and companion planting pros and cons for each vegetable and herb.

Great buy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Brooks on October 6, 2011
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The book chronicles Graham Kerr's maturity. He stands apart from fame and takes a sober Christ-centered look at balancing consumption with giving. He gives us a model of growing your own food, then provides fascinating low glycemic, low caloric, recipes that emphasize his TACT (Texture Aroma Color Taste) philosophy of healthy, interesting eating. Our usual dilemma is reading but not doing. Graham does do, and as usual he's two bouncing steps ahead of us. We need to cut fat and calories, he's there with his recipes. We're concerned about harmful chemicals and loss of nutrition, costs of food, he's there showing you how and what to grow. Lastly, he leaves his mark with concern about sharing with others rather than being focussed solely on our own consumption. He uses examples and illustrates how we can decrease our cost to others and increase our impact as far as sharing. Graham Kerr could have lived happily with wealth and comfort and instead he writes and thinks and has an active mind. Do him the favor of reading and then doing what you read. Well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By island gardener on August 18, 2011
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This book is a pleasure from beginning to end. As longtime ornamental gardener who only this year tried veggie gardening I wish I had bought it in the early spring instead of late summer! But it has lots of useful information which I will put to good use in future years.

The recipes that I have so far tried have been SO good that it inspired me to purchase his "Minimax" cookbook (which sounds as if it might be an appliance owner's manual but never fear, it is not, LOL) which I received today and plan to try out over the next few weeks.

I especially recommend the Cauliflower with Faux Cheese sauce. It will "convert" even the most stubborn cauliflower-hater (or cheese-sauce-hater for that matter!). That recipe alone is worth the price of the book IMHO.
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