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Living Seasonally: The Kitchen Garden and the Table at North Hill Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 15, 1999
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Eck and Winterrowd, who also authored A Year at North Hill: Four Seasons in a Vermont Garden, go into luxurious detail on the tiniest aspects of horticultural and barnyard life. These two are passionate and effective teachers--so much so that, by page 43, the reader fully understands their characterization of pumpkin vines as "as wayward as vegetable guineas," a reference to the hen with a mind of its own. We--even those of us who've never sprouted a seed or hoed a row--get it. But some of the most rewarding passages in Living Seasonally are those that ruminate on the inevitable blending of the spiritual with the prosaic, as in this reflection on Vermont pumpkin pie, made with maple syrup from their own trees:
We begin our syruping when the buds of the maples are tight-furled, hardly more than sharp, dull-green points along the bare stems.... By the time the pumpkins have been selected and sown, the leaves of the maples will have hardened into the thick shade of summer.... When the maple leaves have turned transparent again, all into orange and tawny yellow, the pumpkins must be gathered to cure in the warmth of the house. As they lie in heaps and piles, their colors reflect the autumn garden, and are a fit emblem of the season. An emblem, too, is the pie they make, where beginning and end and all the processes in between are caught up in a perfect round.This book will captivate both the avid gardener-cook with its recipes and techniques for planting and seed selection, and the citydweller searching for the answer to why it's impossible to find tomatoes that taste like tomatoes in January. --Stefanie Durbin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"These men live to lift gardening to a higher plane."—Charly Dorschner, The Burlington Free Press
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"Living Seasonally" continues the story first described in their book "A Year at North Hill: Four Seasons in a Vermont Garden." In this book they leave the perennials for the vegetable patch. Eck and Winterrowd are now working in patch number five.
"Living Seasonally" is a cross between a coffee table book and a garden guide, though for practical purposes the book is more the former than the latter. Much can be gleaned from the book as it is filled with all sorts of useful tidbits and wonderful photographs, but it is not a "how-to garden" book per se. Also, it covers life in a Vermont garden which is not like life in any other part of the U.S. The authors point this out over and over, but some will forget. For one thing, the growing season is short in Vermont (about two months before global warming) and much of the garden work is done in frozen ground or under grow lights in the green house. For another, some plants that thrive in the cool Vermont summers, don't thrive elsewhere in the U.S. and vice versa. Growing vegetables is tricky.Read more ›
It is apparent that descriptions as just and as appetizing as the ones in this beautiful work of art,could only come from very passionate gardeners.But Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd are not only gardeners.They are also gourmets in every aspect of life.
Taking time to smell a wonderfully scented flower,or staying up all night to assist their favorite cow giving birth to her offspring every single season,well I think that says it all.
Hours are long when one chooses to farm.But real happiness lays in having dirty fingernails.I say "Bravo" to Eck and Winterrowd.May there me many more books from these two very talented and gifted authors.