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"In a time when people are increasingly concerned about organic gardening practices and the need for more variety in our plants for the health of the planet, Carmichael shows readers the value in drawing from the past for the good of the present. For avid gardeners and simple admirers of other people’s gardens alike, Putting Down Roots is an absorbing book of Wisconsin’s history and culture." (Jennifer Fandel, ForeWord Reviews)
“How do you read a garden? Read it the way Marcia Carmichael does and you’ll learn about so much more than plants. Her rich, readable guide to the historical gardens at Old World Wisconsin explores the multi-layered meanings of food in nineteenth-century life. This is real-life, everyday history—not dates and titles, but seeds, tools, recipes, and meals that illustrate immigrant hopes, values, and traditions. Putting Down Roots is an entrancing heirloom feast for today’s cooks, gardeners, and food history buffs.” (Terese Allen, coauthor of The Flavor of Wisconsin and Organic Valley Food Editor)
“For anyone interested in gardening or cooking with heirlooms, Putting Down Roots is a marvelous resource. If you can’t visit Old World Wisconsin in person, this book is the next best thing to being there. Recipes such as black salsify salad, potato candy, and more recapture the flavors of Wisconsin’s past. What a treat!” (Shelley Ryan, host of The Wisconsin Gardener on Wisconsin Public Television)
2011 Honorable Mention for the Ellis-Henderson Outdoor Writing Prize from the Council of Wisconsin Writers
2011 Winner in the Midwest Regional Interest: Text Category from Midwest Independent Publishers Association
2012 Winner of the Annual Book Award from the American Horticultural Society
I found this to be interesting and very nicely laid out. Liked the inclusion of the recipes too. Wish there was some info on early Dutch gardens and life because that is my... Read morePublished 11 months ago by TMB
Makes good reading; history helps understanding of various ancestor's gardens and recipes. Colored photos are fun.
Suggest makes gifts for other gardeners and family.