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From Seed to Skillet: A Guide to Growing, Tending, Harvesting, and Cooking Up Fresh, Healthy Food to Share with People You Love Paperback – Bargain Price, December 1, 2010
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Susan Heeger is a long-time magazine and newspaper feature writer with a specialty in garden, design, home, lifestyle, and food stories. She lives in Los Angeles.
Eric Staudenmaier is a photographer and home gardener based in Los Angeles.
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The book is written 1st-person from Jimmy Williams' point of view, and he's a one-off. His stories bring to life his really unique background, with his both Native American and African/Gullah near ancestry. But each unusual story is there to illustrate concrete tips and techniques - e.g., how his grandmother used her rolling-pin as a time-saving gardening tool - he still uses one the same way. The style is vivid and brisk, engaging and inspiring, especially in the more anecdotal early chapters. The whole book is accessible and confidence-building for a garden-inexperienced reader like me, and doesn't assume any knowledge, though the very detailed discussions of techniques and special adaptations for urban growing in the later chapters build on the basic skills colorfully introduced early on.
The middle chapters comprise a businesslike, highly practical, and comprehensive guide for getting started simply, growing from seeds (or seedlings), with, for example, alternative illustrated plans for creating beds in urban gardens; and moving on to wider subjects - how to prepare, water, and maintain the soil and garden through the seasons, and to expand it over time to include more variety, recommended plant pairings and rotation, etc.Read more ›
I guess you could say we're extremely lucky to see them every week at the farmers market. Not only do they have the most cheerful, happy, and yummy plants to buy, but those two are a wealth of information about gardening. And since they garden organically without man-made chemicals and pesticides, we knew we were getting the helpful information we really wanted.
So I had to laugh when I finally got the book! I see they must answer the same questions over and over, because they questions we had asked over the many different weeks seeing them at the farmers market were there in the book! Starting seedlings outdoors, fertilizer mixes, specs on the garden boxes... all that information and more is in the book!
Additionally, Jimmy would tell us what we could make with the plants we bought from him to grow. We got a collard tree from him because it looked so cool, knowing we could find a recipe for yummy collard green something or another. But then Jimmy would tell us how to make the burnt onion with collard greens. We didn't make it until we got the book, but let me tell you, this one recipe alone has become a staple in our household. Some burnt onion collard greens with bread and butter makes a really satisfying dinner at our house!
I recommend this book to even experienced organic gardeners because of Jimmy's unique take on gardening that he learned himself through experience. And even if you already have a green thumb, the stories and recipes are worth it themselves! Lucky you now that you can have Jimmy helping in your garden too!
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Jimmy Williams is a great story teller, as well as a gardener to the stars.
I liked reading this book and will put some of his tips to good use! Read more
This book in my opinion is one of the best gardening books out there! I recommend this book to all beginners. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Davis
Jimmy is a true figure of gardening . a master of the craft , we should call him Doctor Jimmy , as he stands before the crowd of sunday farmers market shoppers , all coming to hear... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
i just love this book. its simple but not too simple he really breaks down the art of cultivating a vegetable garden without overwhelming the reader with preachy dogmatic garden... Read morePublished 17 months ago by AJacoby
The most complete guide I have come across yet. I'm sharing it with all of my gardening friends.Published 22 months ago by Melissa E. King