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This review is from: Grow Cook Eat: A Food Lover's Guide to Vegetable Gardening, Including 50 Recipes, Plus Harvesting and Storage Tips (Paperback)
"Grow, Cook, Eat" is a gorgeous, practical guide - enhanced by Jim Henkens's photographs of enticing vegetables and the author at work in her garden. The book describes the pleasures and satisfactions of eating what you grow - and tells you how.
Many people know Willi Galloway from KUOW's popular Seattle radio show "Greendays," her website (digginfood.com), and her many guest appearances at gardening events. In the book's introduction she says: "So think of the guides and advice in these pages as a recipe you can make your own - add a cup more here, a pinch less there - and have as much fun as possible."
The first chapter of the book is a perfect guide for new gardeners, and chock-full of hints for more experienced ones. In a solid, readable way, she covers the gardening fundamentals from planning and planting to dealing with weeds.
Then the book divides into sections on herbs, greens, legumes, squash, cabbage, roots, tubers, and bulbs, warm-season vegetables, and fruit. Each category gets specific by describing the vegetables, their cultivation preferences, and when and how to harvest.
But what makes this book stand out is what comes next: past the growing and the harvesting of each vegetable to the cooking. After reading about basil, turn the page and encounter Willi's "Nona's Pesto," or learn about growing shallots on one page, followed by their use in "Everyday Vinaigrette" on the next.
It's a handsome book with an elegant, inviting design beginning with the cover - a well-used pan full of roasted carrots on a weathered blue table. It will inspire, encourage, and make you hungry to try her "Butternut Squash Tacos with Spicy Black Beans" - "also Rhubarb Chutney"!