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Smith & Hawken: The Gardeners' Community Cookbook Paperback – January 9, 1999

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About Second Harvest
A 2 percent royalty from the sale of this cookbook will go to Second Harvest, the largest charitable hunger relief organization in the United States. Dedicated to feeding the hungry by soliciting and distributing food and grocery products, Second Harvest last year gave out 1 billion pounds of food through its nationwide network of nearly 200 certified affiliate food banks.

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A big, overflowing cornucopia of a book, Smith & Hawken Gardeners' Community Cookbook is a celebration of food by people who are passionate about it--like Rose Ann Koffler, a patio container gardener in West Hollywood, CA, with a penchant for herbs; Deborah Madison, who has redefined vegetarian cooking, even though her Santa Fe garden isn't large enough to grow "rambling vegetables"; Carol Cassedy, owner of the Whitestone Organic Farm in Bagdad, Kentucky, famous for its heirloom vegetables; and award-winning garden writer Barbara Damrosch, who forces Belgian endive in buckets under the kitchen sink during bitter Maine winters.

Joined together as a community through the Smith & Hawken ethic that working the soil is a life-enhancing pursuit, more than 300 contributors share the fruit and vegetables of their labors--the secrets of their tomatoes and their tomato sauce. Here are garden-to-table creations like Spinach and Strawberry Salad. Seasonal inspirations: Curried Zucchini Soup, Tortellini with Pumpkin Alfredo. Prime pickings: Flatiron Pot Roast with Pearl Onions, and Fava Beans with Chicken and Chives. And harvest put-ups: Green Tomato Chutney, Sweet Red Bell Pepper Pickle. In all, more than 400 recipes that give a cross section of creative American garden cooking.

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Product Details

  • Series: Smith & Hawken
  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (January 9, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761117431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761117438
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
First of all, let me just say that every review here is 100% accurate. I've had this gem of a cookbook for a little over a year and no I am not a gardner. But I do love to cook and shop at the farmer's market. I was not even that great of a cook, but when I cook recipes from this book, friends and family think I'm amazing. The recipes are easy and so fun to prepare. It's a health conscious cookbook in that it features fruits and vegetables in abundance without using hardly any ingredients that contain additives, preservatives, or chemicals. Everything is fresh and bursting with flavor. All recipes contain a little note from the contributor that gives the recipe a personal feel plus it's just fun to read. There are also sidebars with tidbits of information and quotes from great poets, authors, and playwrights. In addition, there are hints and tips throughout. No there are no pictures, but as one reviewer said, we don't need them. Your imagination comes alive. This cookbook has been an inspiration to me and it has given me a new passion for cooking wonderful meals. My little brother who is in college implores me to make his favorite menu when he comes home to visit: Herbed Chicken Salad with Whole Wheat Biscuits (pg.77) and Lemon-Herb Tea Cake with Lemon Glaze (pg.400) for dessert. Even my husband and two small children adore the food I prepare from my cherished cookbook. I just have to add that the Steamed Scallops Supreme (pg.193) is heaven on earth!!
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Format: Paperback
I bought this book knowing that due to Victoria Wise's involvement, there would be many recipes I would want to try. I discovered that the contributors are a wonderful sampling of the cooking public-- people just like me, and illustrious chefs/food professionals(I was delighted to find a recipe from the Pasta Shop, which has one of the best Delis in Berkeley). Photographs are not necessary! These recipes excite the imagination...they renew your zest for seasonal eating. I do not see the absence of photos to be an area in which this book is lacking. Most of these recipes are dead easy, and the majority are quick! Best of all, they are inspirational to the person who does not have a garden but enjoys going to the market often, looking for what is best in season. Don't hesitate because it does not look like a copy of "Martha Stewart Living". This book is attractive, well edited, nicely laid out, and unlike many a glossy chef-opus, well-tested (read the preface and author thanks) These are clearly beloved, well used recipes!
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This book not only provides a wonderful collection of unique recipes, but is an inspiration to cook in new and tasteful ways. The pasta and vegetable side dishes are especially amazing. This is by far the best cookbook I've ever ran across. Even if you're not a gardener I highly suggest this book: But be warned, if you're not a gardener, this book might turn you into one.
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Format: Paperback
I picked up this book one afternoon while browsing the gardening books. Smith & Hawken's "Book of Outdoor Gardening" was already one of my mainstays for outdoor work, and now this cookbook has become a "must have" indoors. The recipes are excellent, and so wonderfully varied that just about anyone will find something of interest within. It's organized in sections like "Main Dishes" and "Vegetable Sides," making it a snap to put together a whole meal. Enhancing the books' usefulness are the many sidebars and headnotes at the top of each recipe which give not only serving suggestions, but gardening tips and techniques. About the only "down side" that I can think of... my family now insists that I cook every single night!
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This is a wonderful cookbook for the harvest season that we all enjoy. Wonder what to do with those delightful fresh veggies, and fruits no more. This book is packed with all sorts of fantastic recipes that cover everything imaginable. This book is really not meant for vegans, but many vegetarians would find many suitable recipes in this book. The instructions are clear and reasy to read, so you won't have a problem following along. I have had this book now for about 3 years, and I still enjoy it a great deal.
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Format: Hardcover
I know this book is a couple of years old, but it's still a very worth-while purchase, especially with the farmers' markets coming out of hibernation.
Filled with over 400 pages of recipes, there's something new to try with every visit to the market. In addition to all those mouth-watering recipes, you'll find plenty of gardening tips to produce a bounty in your own backyard.
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Just felt the need (as I reached for this cookbook yet again) to sing its praises. I've had it for about 8 years now--the battered cover and stained pages testify to its usefulness--and love it. It was a gift from some forgotten friend (wish I could remember now, to thank them!) and it didn't get much notice from me at first. Until I found myself with a plethora of sweet potatoes one day and came across the sweet potato pound cake recipe (ridiculously good! I make it muffin form and folks go crazy for it). After that, I found myself turning to it whenever there was a produce abundance--and it has seldom let me down. The recipes run the gamut from savory to sweet, with instructions for everything from borscht to tomato relish. Love this little gem.
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