- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Gibbs Smith (March 11, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1586852507
- ISBN-13: 978-1586852504
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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75 Exciting Vegetables for Your Garden Hardcover – March 11, 2005
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1. Amaranth "Joseph's Coat" 2. Artichoke "Violetto de Romagna" 3. Asparagus Bean 4. Asparagus Pea 5. Australian Yellowleaf Lettuce 6. Broccoli "Romanesco" 7. Brussels Sprout "Rubine" 8. Bull's Blood Beet 9. Cabbage "Ruby Perfection" 10. Cabbage "Savoy Express" 11. Cardoon "Gigante" 12. Carrot "Thumbelina" 13. Cauliflower "Violetta di Sicilia" 14. Cayenne Pepper 15. Celeriac 16. Chard "Bright Lights" 17. Chinese Rat Tail Radish 18. Chiogga Beet 19. Crimson Forest Onion 20. D'Algers Melon 21. Dragon Tongue Bush Bean 22. Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch Kale 23. Early Purple Vienna Kohlrabi 24. Eggplant "Neon" 25. Egyptian Walking Onion 26. Elberta Peach Tomato 27. Fish Pepper 28. Tomato "German Red Strawberry" 29. Giant Chinese Red Mustard 30. Giant Red Celery 31. Golden Sweet Edible-Podded Pea 32. Green Zebra Tomato 33. Habanero Pepper 34. Hillbilly Tomato 35. Imperial Star Artichoke 36. Jarrahdale Pumpkin 37. Kale "Nero di Toscana" 38. Leek "Blue Solaize" 39. Lemon Drop Pepper 40. Lettuce "Forellenschluss" 41. Lollo Rossa Lettuce 42. Malabar Spinach 43. Melon "Queen Anne's Pocket" 44. Merlot Lettuce 45. Mizuna 46. Nutri-Red Carrot 47. Okra "Red Burgundy" 48. Orach "Crimson Plume" 49. Osterei Eggplant 50. Painted Serpent Cucumber 51. Prescott Fond Blanc Melon 52. Pumpkin "Baby Boo" 53. Purple Calabash Tomato 54. Purple Sprouting Broccoli 55. Radish "Misato Rose" 56. Redbor Kale 57. Rhubarb Chard 58. Royal Oakleaf Lettuce 59. Runner Bean "Painted Lady" 60. Runner Bean "Sun Bright" 61. Sea Kale 62. Squash "Ronde de Nice" 63. Sorrel "Silver Shield" 64. Sunburst Squash 65. Sweet Million Tomato 66. Tiger Tom Tomato 67. Trifetti Pepper 68. True Lemon Cucumber 69. Turkish Orange Eggplant 70. Watermelon "Moon & Stars" 71. West Indian Burr Gherkin 72. Windsor Broad Bean 73. Wood's Prolific Bush Scallop 74. Yellowstone Carrot 75. Zebra Hybrid Eggplant
From the Back Cover
In the tradition of classic gardening books comes 75 Exciting Vegetables for Your Garden. Written in elegant prose and filled with beautiful, original art, this keepsake volume is the perfect gift for the avid gardener or the beginner. Within its pages you'll discover seventy-five unusual and eminently beautiful vegetables that are both attractive in your garden while growing and yield delightfully edible fruits. You'll find heirlooms and hybrids, natives and transplants, everything from the Green Zebra Tomato to Purple Sprouting Broccoli. A brief history of each plant, information about when and how to grow them, and recipes for simple dishes using each vegetable are included. With tidbits of unexpected lore and a touch of old-fashioned nostalgia, 75 Exciting Vegetables for Your Garden is an heirloom volume that is sure to be passed from generation to generation.
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Well, I think I may have found a way to keep myself in the garden! Not long ago I was reading a children's magazine which talked about planting a completely purple garden, and I thought, yeah, that's the ticket! How fun! Well, this book is the grown-up version of that idea. The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are gorgeous, and each of the 75 physically beautiful vegetables featured includes a couple pages detailing its interesting history, nutritional content, and growing instructions. What a way to make gardening fun!
This book isn't just for amateurish types like myself looking for external incentives to get out into the garden. My husband, an experienced gardener, learned a few things, too. How do these unique vegetables sound? Artichoke "Violetto de Romagna," Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch Kale, Giant Red Celery, Purple Calabash Tomato, Sunburst Squash, and Zebra Hybrid Eggplant, just to name a few! Definitely a book worth adding to your collection.
If you enjoy reading about that sort of thing, as I do, read Waverly Root (especially his encyclopedic _Food_) and Raymond Sokolov, among others, to see how it's done right.
His writing makes good reading in many passages, but often enough goes beyond a sometimes tedious gushing mannerism into misspelling and simple illiteracy--he does not know the meaning of some of the words he uses, and apparently can't be troubled to use a dictionary.
I read the book through, but it was a relief to be done with it. He should drop his scholarly and literary pretensions, and stick to the equally important fields of gardening and cooking, where he has a great deal to offer.
On the horticultural and culinary side, as far as I am any judge, the book deserves its praise. It's a fresh look at the resources available to gardeners. His attention to the aesthetics of the plant in the garden is stimulating, and as far as I can tell does not come at any cost to the culinary quality of the vegetables.
As for the design of the book--an area in which I can claim professional knowledge--I'd tend to gush a bit myself in its praise. It's a pleasure to look at--not just the fine paintings, but every aspect of the book.