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The Compleat Squash Hardcover – October 15, 2004
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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.Read more ›
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This is a great book beautifully illustrated loads of information on those pictured, but not an Complete encyclopedia there are to many pumpkin varieties missing - like over 100 or... Read morePublished 7 months ago by sylvia & ken allan
Great book. Answered lots of my questions. I also ID'ed some of my squash, with the terrific photos. Looks good on the coffee table.Published 11 months ago by HAC
My brother gave me this book for the holidays when he found I wanted it and it surpassed my expectations. More than a book on and about the many different types of squashes. Read morePublished 19 months ago by r. kopisc
I love this book. If you are a fan of pumpkins, squash and gourds then this is a must. Text is informative though a bit preach and opinionated at times. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Thagirion
This book pushed me over the edge from being mildly interested in squash to being a passionate squash gardener. Read morePublished on October 24, 2013 by Ernest
This book could also be called the Squash Bible. If you want to know something about pumpkins and squash there is not a better, more comprehensive source. Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by Lloyds
This author knows her stuff. She takes gorgeous pictures; each one a work of art. It is a beautiful book.Published on July 13, 2013 by Carol I Mauldin
It has a goodly amount of reference material, about many members of the squash family. The size and pictures also puts it into a coffeetable class book if you wish to display it... Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by BitTwiddler