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Colorful, cheeky and easy to navigate(...)each garden-fresh ingredient is accompanied by four recipes, variety recommendations and fun pointers... --Allysa Ford, Minneapolis Star Tribune

...a new book that takes you from the seed packets to the canning jars, was written by four women who have only ever met on Twitter.(...)Garden Variety readers! I have seen the future of publishing, and this is it! --Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun

..."Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing and Preserving Food" is one-stop-shopping for new gardeners joining the grow-your-own initiative and for experienced gardeners in need of inspiration. --Melody Parker, WCF Courier

Think of Grocery Gardening like a substitute gardening grandma. An extra hip, fun-loving grandma who shows you how to start an organic food garden but never gets mad at you for not wiping your muddy shoes. --Kate Bryant, Portland Monthly

It should come as no surprise that Grocery Gardening is as hip as a cookbook gets. (...) The book is witty and relevant, and like a good meal, leaves the reader sated.   --Lynn Felici-Gallant, Coastal Home Magazine

Book Description

Grocery Gardening includes garden planning, planting, preparing, preserving and nutritional information for each of the more than twenty selected edibles. In addition to tips on when to harvest home grown vegetables, the authors offer advice on how to select the freshest produce at the local market, and select complementary ingredients to combine with your home-grown edibles. Jean Ann Van Krevelen, together with her team of food and gardening experts and their community of readers, encourage gardeners and non-gardeners alike to plan meals based on what is in season. Whether you buy local or grow your own, the recipes will delight your family with seasonal freshness. Also included is a chapter on preserving your harvest, with tips for freezing, drying, canning and preserving.




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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591864631
  • ASIN: B0058M56YA
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Monica on February 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
I got to know the author of Grocery Gardening, Jean Ann Van Krevelen, a little bit via twitter. With a few 140 character strings and lots of other people also tweeting, she brought my awareness to this great book.

The premise of the book is to help people gain the knowledge they need to begin to grow their own food.

I think it takes a great viewpoint - approach people who want good food but who mainly know their food as things you buy at a store, not raise with your own two hands.

New gardeners can often feel overwhelmed. One might start gardening for the sake of securing safe wholesome food but very soon the truth emerges, gardening is not intention, it is action and observation and attention.

With this book, the entry level gardener can begin to make their segway gracefully from poking veggies in the store to growing their own.

The book is somewhat unusual in that there are several contributing authors who speak from experience: Jean Ann Van Krevelen, Amanda Thomsen, Robin Ripley, and Teresa O'Connor.

The photography is crisp and very inviting. The pages are packed with information on growing as well as recipes for using your bounty! The mixture of voices very much evokes the current trends in social media where one is bathed in a diverse community of knowledge, viewpoints, attitudes.


* Gardening 101
* Organic disease and pest management
* Purchasing quality produce
* Edibles
* * Herbs
* * Fruit
* * Vegetables
* Preserving your harvest

I am happy to recommend this lovely book to anyone who is interested in learning more about growing their own food and also how to enjoy their harvest throughout the year!
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Gardening and cooking books are my happy place. I'm a voracious reader (gardener, cook, eater). Sadly, until Grocery Gardening came out, I was getting a bit tired of the formula of most garden/cooking books. Sure, the authors were all well respected, the photography was great and the recipes were good. However they were all the SAME. Grocery Gardening really blew my socks off because the authors took the tired garden/cooking book formula and turned it on its ear.

The first thing I like about this book - and what makes it so timely - is that it was written collaboratively by a group of veteran gardener/cooks who met and worked via Twitter/Facebook. This takes the content to a whole new fresh level. The "ringleader" Jean Ann Van Krevelen - who wouldn't want to follow a woman with a name like that?! - used new technology to seek out the best of the best to make this book great.

The second thing I like about this book, is that it is interesting for a veteran like myself yet approachable enough to be a really great, useful resource for a new gardener. Food gardening (Grocery Gardening!) increased by 7 million households last year so there are a lot of new gardeners out there who are going to want advice!

The third thing I like about this book is that it is fun and concise. The "avatars" of the authors provide cheeky/fun comments that pepper the well organized and streamlined information. It makes the read very personal and gives voice to the authors which, very freely, want you to contact them via Twitter and Facebook to ask questions.

The content, approach and zeitgeist of Grocery Gardening make it a real winner. And if the authors have coined a new term in the process... even better! The concept of Grocery Gardening is so positive and actionable...
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Grocery Gardening is written for gardeners of all stages who want to eat more fresh good food from the garden. With recipes like Fennel Hollandiase Sauce, Curried Carrot Soup, and Ramen at the Ritz, there are a variety of recipes here, both for those nights when you want something fast and easy, or are willing to take the time for something a little fancier. The one thing all recipes have in common is use of some fresh ingredients from the garden, even if it's just the herbs that grow even in the darkest days of winter.

The four authors each have a distinct style, but the overall book is warm, funny, and written in a casual style that makes it fun to read even after a long day at work. I loved the funny little turns of phrase the authors used when describing how to make a recipe or get rid of a garden pest organically.

I found the book very easy to refer to quickly when I had a plant ripening in my garden, or when I was about to plant something new and wanted to know what varieties to choose for which uses. In fact, as a landscape designer I've been reaching for Grocery Gardening instead of my Sunset Western Garden Book when I want to remind myself which strawberry varieties are June-bearing or have larger berries, for example. It's just easier to navigate and find good information quickly.

I'd recommend this for gardeners of any stage - beginners or advanced. I'm a seasoned gardener and these gals have even taught me a few new tricks. Plus - dude - the recipes? Awesome. You will be very popular at the potlucks.
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