Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Grow, Cook, Eat

I love to cook and I love to eat, but I have to admit I never was a very successful gardener. I managed to grow herbs, cherry tomatoes and edible flowers to decorate salads, but my bell peppers died before I could even see a single ripe pepper. And yet, I am willing to learn. With this in mind I bought a wonderful book by Willi Galloway whose popular blog I discovered by chance.

Willi writes about kitchen gardening and seasonal cooking and pens the weekly column “The Gardener” on Apartment Therapy’s Re-Nest blog. She is a certified Master Gardener and probably a good cook. Her new book is full of practical tips for aspiring gardeners as well as wonderful garden to tabletop recipes.

 About the book on Amazon:

"From sinking a seed into the soil through to sitting down to enjoy a meal made with vegetables and fruits harvested right outside your back door, this gorgeous kitchen gardening book is filled with practical, useful information for both novices and seasoned gardeners alike. Grow Cook Eat will inspire people who already buy fresh, seasonal, local, organic food to grow the food they love to eat.

 For those who already have experience getting their hands dirty in the garden, this handbook will help them refine their gardening skills and cultivate gourmet quality food. 

The book also fills in the blanks that exist between growing food in the garden and using it in the kitchen with guides to 50 of the best-loved, tastiest vegetables, herbs, and small fruits. 

The guides give readers easy-to-follow planting and growing information, specific instructions for harvesting all the edible parts of the plant, advice on storing food in a way that maximizes flavor, basic preparation techniques, and recipes. The recipes at the end of each guide help readers explore the foods they grow and demonstrate how to use unusual foods, like radish greens, garlic scapes, and green coriander seeds.

Galloway's enthusiasm and expertise inform every page of her first book. But 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."

For more inspiration visit Willi's digginfood blog 
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