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Grow Cook Eat: A Food Lover's Guide to Vegetable Gardening, Including 50 Recipes, Plus Harvesting and Storage Tips Paperback – January 17, 2012
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Sustainable gardening and eating locally are popular now, and this is one of a number of new books for kitchen gardeners. Master gardener and radio commentator Galloway (former West Coast editor, Organic Gardening ) concentrates here on herbs, greens, legumes, squash, cabbage, roots, tubers and bulbs, warm-season vegetables, and fruits, giving hints on planning a garden, using good soil, planting, watering, fertilizing, weeding, and dealing with insects and diseases. Chapters describe individual crops and suggest the best way to plant, grow, harvest, store, and cook them. Galloway recommends particular varieties and notes botanical and family names, edible parts, and problems in growing. For each kind of produce, she also provides a recipe that is simple and easy to prepare. Some are unusual, such as Tartines with Gruyère and Radish Greens, Roasted Beets with Winter Citrus Vinaigrette, and Cucumber Wedges with Chile and Lime. Full-page color photographs accompany many of the recipes and produce descriptions. VERDICT This book is recommended for all readers interested in eating what they grow.
Galloway's enthusiasm and expertise inform every page of her first book. Don't be fooled by the elegant design; this isn't a book about landscaping with edibles. It's a down-to-earth look at how to organically and successfully grow your dinner. What makes this book stand out from the hundreds of other new vegetable-gardening books? It's Galloway's recommendations for varieties that thrive here, from blueberries to basil. And her eclectic recipes ensure that "Grow Cook Eat" won't languish on the book shelf. You'll have it out on the kitchen counter to try Shaved Summer Squash with Pecorino Romano, maybe with Raspberry-Infused Vodka Spritzers.
Valerie Easton, The Seattle Times
Like to eat as much as you like to garden? Willi Galloway's Grow Cook Eat...gives a recipe for each crop.
The pretty garden and food photography will draw any novice in, and the conversational tone makes the book feel like the gentle guidance of a best friend. Even old hands will make use of the introductory chapters, a useful guide to basic gardening know how.
For a comprehensive guide to growing and using vegetbles in your kitchen, don't miss this book by Willi Galloway. Grow Cook Eat is packed full of growing tips, harvesting ideas and 50 recipes.
Birds & Blooms
All cookbooks and gardening guides should aspire to be like Grow Cook Eat, a marvelous hybrid by Master Gardener Willi Galloway... Feast on this book and you’ll never garden or cook the same way. You’ll certainly never eat the same way again.
...enthusiastic and sensible.
The Chicago Tribune
If there was a book that I could imagine that would teach me everything I needed to know to grow the edibles I had my heart set on from edamame and melons to garlic, tomatillos and tatsoi, this would be it... Willi Galloway presents a comprehensive, elegant manual to vegetable gardening that delivers just the right amount of guidance and hand-holding as you nurture your first strawberries or coax jalapeño peppers from flowers to fruit. And the beautiful, evocative photos of luscious, bountiful harvests are all the encouragement you need.
Spade & Spatula
A recipe that will reward you for the bounty you’ve brought into the kitchen but won’t exhaust you with an additional grocery list or hours in the kitchen. An accessible and inspired compendium.
Bay Area Bites, KQED
The photos are dreamy, the recipes tantalizing (Lemony Broccoli Rabe, Strawberry Basil Ice Cream...), with plenty of tips on harvesting, storing, and how to successfully grow what you eat.
The Seattle Times
Over the years, I’ve bought more than my share of gardening books for inspiration and guidance. Most have been tossed aside for a more laissez-faire approach, because it all seemed so complicated and most were so boringly dull. That is, until I got the recently published book, Grow Cook Eat: A Food Lover’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening, by Portlander Willi Galloway...
Grow Cook Eat is equally as valuable for gardeners with years of experience under their belt, as it is for the novice who’s been wanting a vegetable garden but was too overwhelmed to start. It is easy to follow, inspiring, and a valuable resource for all.
...I can't recommend it enough. Not only is it lovely to behold, it's imminently practical to use and apply. This is the gardening book you absolutely want to have on hand this coming growing season.
Ashley English, Small Measure
...this how-to from Willi Galloway is hotter than a serrano pepper.
Cynthia Lair, Cookus Interruptus
...a warm and inviting look at garden abundance that’s helped me through yet another cold, dark, wet winter. Some people fantasize about tropical locales and swaying palm trees — I dream of warm soil and the sticky green smell of tomato plants; fresh fava beans and tender salads. This is one dog-gone gorgeous book! ...Grow Cook Eat – and the photographs of Jim Henkens, are in another class altogether. Soft, friendly, close up shots put the reader right on their knees in the garden, in the kitchen or — best of all — at the table(!) with Willi as she instructs and inspires gardeners to grow their own groceries.
Planted at Home
I honestly didn't think there was too much more I needed to know about growing my own food. But I have been proven wrong. Former Organic Gardening magazine editor and creator of the popular blog "DigginFood", Willi Galloway, shares with us her time honored gardening techniques and ways to use every part of the plant, seed to root, in the kitchen... With this book by your side, very little of your harvest will end up in the compost pile.
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The format is conducive to learning and very enjoyable to read. I received the book this afternoon and have spent several hours reading it. The photos are excellent and really make the book because they are not only beautiful but helpful. There is enough space on each page to add your own notes. While we may disagree about the best lettuce, baby "Merveille De Quatre Saisons" from Renee's Garden is our favorite, Willi's book is a winner for gardeners of every level.
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"!
The pictures are beautiful and the recipes seem interesting. (I've made two and they both were very good.) The gardening information has already been quite helpful, and is detailed enough that there are some plants I haven't worked with before but I may try.
A beautiful and valuable book, it is on the large side, about 8-1/2 by 11", typical for a gardening book.
The author also includes dozens of savory recipes for cooking your garden's produce. Lemony Broccoli Rabe sounded very appealing, as did the recipes for Strawberry Basil Ice Cream, Fennel Potato and Apple Gratin and Herbed Edamame Salad. In addition, the author also provides great tips on storing vegetables, so you can have a little taste of summer all year long.
Wonderful photographs by Jim Henkens supplement this delightful book, providing mouth watering appeal from garden to basket or cutting board, and finally to the table. This book is a great gift idea.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book!! Spring and Summer are my favorite times of the year so when i purchased this book in the winter I already wanted to get my thoughts generated what to do for my... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
There is some good and interesting information in the book. I bought it for my mom for christmas, and she has been using the book since then. Read morePublished 4 months ago by brent
This book is great. Well written with lots of information. It tells you everything you need to know to get started growing your own food. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Samantha
Have this book as a gift for someone who expressed a desire to grow vegetables and cool with them. She loves it!Published 11 months ago by Wendy L. Sellers
Not what I wanted. Seemed like it was more about growing vegetables which I was not interested in.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm a beginner when it comes to gardening so I really enjoyed the authors suggestions and specific advice. The recipes are a nice addition as well. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Chloe
Various types of vegetables were well organized and easily understood. The recipes were a nice bonus. The tips on when to plant seeds were very helpful.Published 17 months ago by SlimStanley Books