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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan; 1St Edition edition (October 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579652514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579652517
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Amy Goldman works to preserve the agricultural heritage and genetic diversity of the world's fruits and vegetables. Known to viewers of Martha Stewart Television and PBS, she has written for Garden Design and has been profiled in such publications as The New York Times and House & Garden. She is the author of Artisan's Melons for the Passionate Grower and The Compleat Squash. She lives in New York City and Rhinebeck, New York.

Victor Schrager's photography has been featured in exhibitions across the country. He is the photographer for Bird Hand Book (2001) and Artisan's Anatomy of a Dish (2002).

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It's a great book for dreamers and gardeners and cooks.
Donna Richeson
First of all, the photographs are just amazing, managing to combine exquisite beauty with accurate representation of each particular squash.
P. Larkin Hutton
I will never look at the garden limitations again for my spring/summer plantings.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A. Ryan on February 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I knew this would be good from the moment I first saw it on the endcap display. A few years earlier, Amy Goldman had impressed me with her scrumptious homage to melons in Melons for the Passionate Grower; now she's done it again, this time for cucurbitas (summer and winter squashes, which include my favorite vegetable-the Pumpkin!).

The Compleat Squash has all of the photographic panache of MFTPG, and all the passionate style of prose besides. The vast majority of listed varieties each have an extravagant, portrait-style photo of the fruit and often an entire page of commentary to accompany it. If a species has any points of special interest that are not obvious by the picture, you can be sure Ms. Goldman will expand on them at length and with flourish. She also loves to throw in anecdotes about how and from whom she came across the original seeds, recipes, stories behind funny names, and significant historical context for certain groupings of cucurbitas. Not since Georgeanne Brennan have I read such romantic, detailed tributes to vegetables! Too bad that there are human limitations on how many different cucurbitas a person can possibly grow, catalog and photograph in two seasons; you get the definite feeling she would have liked to have included them all, but had to content herself with merely 150 heirlooms.

But while Ms. Goldman may be in love, she's not blind. Each listing is straightforward about the variety's suitability (or sometimes lack of) for table use, decorating, carving, and/or livestock feed. You also get an estimate of size, weight, rind color, flesh color, color rating (!), fiber, date of introduction, synonyms and seed sources. There is also an introductory section that lays out nicely the growing and care of cucurbitas in general.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Cary on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is beautiful to look at, has a great deal of interesting history, useful gardening information, and some good recipes. Also it is inspirational, makes you want to source the rarer seeds and get out there with the spade. I don't know how much of this information is readily available in America, but here in Britain, where growing squash still mostly means butternut or Jack o' Lantern, the book is a revelation.

Highly recommended
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Zenos Paradocs on August 30, 2006
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Beautiful photos. Well-researched. Passionate, but balanced assessments. Writing comes from intimate and in-depth experience. I would have liked even more technical information on growing habits, morphology, and horticultural groups, but it is a wonderful book as it stands. Highly recommended
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roger Thompson on February 9, 2008
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At this time, this is the most comprehensive volume on the Cucurbita genus. A good personal narrative, coupled with sublime photography. My only quibbles are that none of the images show cut open fruit, to give a view of the flesh and cavity. Secondly, that quite a number of internationally known cultivars are not mentioned. Nevertheless, an absolute "must have" for pumpkin and squash devotee.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Rochefort on August 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love this book -- sometimes I think it spends more time off the bookshelf being thumbed through than resting on it. Here you have practically everything you need to grow squashes - what the squashes are best used for, some history of the various varieties, selecting seeds, growing and harvesting tips, and (extremely useful!)commercial sources of most of the seeds(many of which you can find easily online), all nicely organized by which Cucurbita species they belong to. (The growing guide to gourds is for C. pepo gourds, not Lagenaria species, and so the title is certainly appropriate growing C. pepo gourds, of which there are many) And recipes too -- so useful! Goldman is extremely helpful in pointing out the virtues and flaws of each variety for eating (though she tries some I wouldn't dare -- brave woman). The photographs are so beautiful as to be absolutely seductive -- watch out, you too will be saying to yourself 'I must grow that pumpkin/squash/gourd/whatever'. Then you too will be seeking out the seed suppliers, tenderly planting your new seeds and now in late summer, seeing them beginning to mature, turning into the fruit promised in the gorgeous photographs, murmur to yourself 'You are so beautiful, Sucrine du Berry. And Winter Luxury, you are the most elegantly lovely pumpkin I have ever seen..."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donna Richeson on March 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you are fascinated with winter squashes -- looking at them, growing them or preparing them for dinner, this is a really wonderful book. As a budding gardener and avid cook, I have become increasingly interested in winter squashes. It is so satisfying to grow them and cook with them -- also just to admire their gorgeousness. While reading about squashes in various places, nothing even comes close to the beauty of this book and the wonderful descriptions that help you recognize the qualities of each squash. After seriously reading it three times, I then went to the seed companies online because I will plant several of these squashes this summer. It's a great book for dreamers and gardeners and cooks.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Burr on January 11, 2007
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This is a very visually attractive book, with superb photographs, but this is not just for the coffee table. For the devotee who grows pumpkins, all the information needed is there, down to conditions and seed sources for an amazing selection of varieties. For the cook, there are some unusual recipes, but also the eating quality of each type of pumpkin. Essential,this. Some are delicious, others vile. Lots of historical and other info & stories too. Pumpkins are my passion. I grew them, I eat them and now I paint them. It was great to get this book and know there are other squash nutters out there.
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