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A Miscellany of Garlic: From Paying Off Pyramids and Scaring Away Tigers to Inspiring Courage and Curing Hiccups, the Unusual Power Behind the World's Most Humble Vegetable Hardcover – December 18, 2011

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From the Inside Flap

"Garlic is as good as ten mothers."
 - Ancient Telugu proverb from India
It has been used for everything from currency to a remedy for hiccups.  In its hundreds of varieties it has been an essential part of world culture for 10,000 years.  
Ancient humans, huddled around their campfires in caves, bundled in bearskins, knew of its properties.  Today, chefs in kitchens gleaming with stainless steel appliances wouldn't be caught without it.  In shops from Verona to Mexico City to Beijing, it dangles in long white and purple braids.
It's Latin name is allium sativum. You know it as common garlic.  And this book is a celebration of it, a reflection on our extraordinary love affair with this, the humblest of vegetables.

From the Back Cover

A flavorful tribute to the STINKING ROSE!
The ancient Greeks used it to repel scorpions.  In India, some thought it was an aphrodisiac.  in colonial New England it was used to relieve rheumatism and whooping cough.
And, of course, let's not forget its powers against vampires.
This delightful, easy to read garlic handbook includes hundreds of amazing and amusing garlic facts!

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; 1 edition (December 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440529825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440529825
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,732,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am a mobile computing pioneer and would best describe myself here as an "accidental author". I have always meddled with writing but never thought I'd write a book on garlic. I was frequently thinking more along the lines of writing a book for kids based on my basset hound Sara. Sara was in a wheelchair but is now fully recovered thanks to her time zipping in her wheelchair through the vineyards in upstate NY. Maybe that's next?

Sometime during the late Spring of 2011, Adams Media contacted me through my site with an offer. I accepted the assignment, immersed myself in garlic for 3 months, and lo and behold, the publisher took my work and turned it into a little, info-rich jewel entitled "A Miscellany of Garlic". I'm amazed, grateful, and proud! It turned out great thanks to the collaborative efforts of many folks and the support of my many friends!

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can download the little iPhone app I created to promote the book - is the link to follow.

I've worked my entire life in high tech - AT&T, General Electric, Informix, Apple, Palm Computing and now Palmtop Publishing. I discovered great food in college and learned to cook by watching my Mom and others and by following recipes.

I love creating things and I hope that you enjoy my work. You can track down many software programs that I've crafted over the years within a few web searches. You'll find that I did a lot of pioneering!

In Garlic We Trust!

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This book is a wonderful collection of information about garlic. It includes history and medicinal uses of the fantastic bulb. It is well written and makes a great coffee table book that can be read in short spurts as one gets the time. It also includes a list of growers and garlic festivals around the country. I recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the wonderful bulb.
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By Megen on March 1, 2012
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This wonderful little book was a fun read from cover to cover. The author entertains and educates the reader in this fun romp through the world of garlic. It is clear that Ms. Clickner is passionate about her topic. I have purchased multiple copies to give out as hostess gifts. I can't wait to see what topic she chooses for her next book!
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I love this book. What a treat. Who would ever thought that so much could be so inventively said about garlic--the cooking necessity, the folkloric totem and the key to so much history? Thank you, Ms. Clickner, for such an entertaining afternoon. Would that every gift could offer so much effortless fun.
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By Erika van As on July 10, 2014
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I found the book to be Very "thin"; repetitive. Too much references and Unfortuneately too little interesting historical background. A disappointing buy.
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