I've lived in Portland, Oregon, one of the country's most beautiful cities, for nigh on 30 years. But I was born and raised in South Carolina, and it was there that I learned about gardening. Learned it, in fact, at my grandmother's big old house in the country, in the huge vegetable garden that fed the whole family all summer long and most of the winter too. It was here that I first incorporated the idea that gardening is about growing good things to eat, and sharing that bounty with others. Even though I now live in a condominium with a patio about the size of a handkerchief, and do all my gardening in containers, I still believe that garden = food. That's probably why most of my gardening books have a cooking component. One of the nicest compliments I ever received was from an Amazon customer who noted in her review of "The Complete Spice book" that "you can tell Maggie Stuckey is both a gardener and a cook."