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Richard Gianfrancesco, plant scientist, has written a complete book on growing food. With a scientific attention to facts, he has produced a book that covers every aspect of growing fruits and vegetables. The book has four parts: site selection, a growing directory, core information on basic techniques of growing, and preserving your crop. The growing directory, the main portion of the book, rates each beautifully photographed plant on its monetary value, maintenance, and freeze/store capability. A summary of sowing details, and the author's crop ratings are accessible in easy form. The book includes, with appetizing pictures, recipes for chutney, pickles, plum jam, and tarragon and orange jelly. (Adele Kleine Chicago Botanic Garden 2011-06-30)
Despite the beautiful, possibly intimidating, photographs of delicately germinating peas, richly-colored plums, and general bucolic abundance, this book offers thorough, practical, and accessible instruction even for those whose crops will be limited to a few hopeful pots on the stoop. While clearly intended for folks with a little land, enough time, and steady patience, Gianfrancesco makes growing real food seem plausible and appealing. Climate ranges, "value for money," and degrees of difficulty in maintenance, harvesting, and storage are all clearly charted. Advice for where to put what in the garden and what to do with the goods once you're back in the kitchen are also crystal clear. City dwellers will be heartened by the range of what's possible for them, too: lettuces, Swiss chard, beats, and cucumbers--at least according to this advice--can easily accompany the basil and rosemary already growing on the fire escape. (Publishers Weekly 2011-02-21)
Thorough is the word to describe this user-friendly guide... How to Grow Food combines eminent practicality with great visual appeal. (Helen Chesnut Victoria Times-Colonist 2011-03-12)
Filled with rich illustrations and photographs, this book will appeal to a wide range of gardeners, making this a useful book for all types of public libraries. (Shannon Graff Hysell American Reference Books Annual 2012 2012-04-03)
Gianfrancesco's easy-to-understand-and-follow guide provides clearly delineated, step-by-step, fully detailed and remarkably informative instructions for growing an exciting spectrum of edible plants. (Booklist Spotlight 2011-12-15)
This is a gorgeous book, full of photos and drawings both pretty and useful, and Gianfrancesco packs in a lot of textual information as well. (Erica H. Smith Washington Gardener 2011-06-01)