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and there are soooo many better beginner books out there
on January 17, 2015
Overall, a letdown. The cover photo is misleading -- that's the only photo you'll find. Also, a lot of recipes, but I didn't buy a cookbook. Very dry -- a few hand drawn type illustrations, but even those just restate what's in the text -- they don't add much. It's written at a very low level, and there are soooo many better beginner books out there. The list price on the back is $18.95. For $18.95, there are plenty of books on the same/similar subject that have beautiful photos, including color, that really add to the content, and have a broader application with more info. For example, this author has a project of spray painted containers, but without illustration. Really? Do you really just want to read about a spray painting project? Clearly, the author does have some experience/expertise with gardening, however, this book comes across as more of her own personal mind-dump/recount of her own experiences, rather than a well thought out text geared to provide useful information to a general audience. I own a bunch of gardening books, but the majority of those are ones I checked out from the library, and after seeing them, were just worth paying the money to own. This is not one of them -- my library didn't have it. There are some useful tidbits of info in the book, but I wouldn't pay money for the book had I known what I was getting. I'll be selling it on Amazon for $2 plus $3.99 shipping (what I paid for it) if you're interested . . . . or perhaps be donating it to the library . . .
To be blunt -- the good reviews -- and by those, I mean particularly those that mention the author by first and last name -- smack of publisher/family/friends . . . .not that it's a bad book I just wouldn't pay money for it.