In this encyclopedic guide to the history and cultivation of some of America's most treasured heirloom vegetables, food historian and organic gardener Will Weaver focuses on 280 profiled varieties of 37 vegetables and discusses nearly 400 others. He shares his over thirty years of original research from historical archives as well as hands-on ...
In this encyclopedic guide to the history and cultivation of some of America's most treasured heirloom vegetables, food historian and organic gardener Will Weaver focuses on 280 profiled varieties of 37 vegetables and discusses nearly 400 others. He shares his over thirty years of original research from historical archives as well as hands-on gardening experience to help the lay person appreciate the fascinating history of each vegetable, grow it, and incorporate it into everyday cooking. Some 100 varieties are shown in full color and more than 200 with line drawings by Signe Sundberg Hall. Weaver traces the development of the seed-saving movement and the history of the kitchen garden in America and gives a list of commercial seed and plant stock sources, plus an extensive bibliography.
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Publishers Weekly, 1997-04-07 Assembling just about all there is to know about tubers (and beans and legumes), Weaver (Pennsylvania Dutch Country Cooking) passionately exposes myths of plant origins and clarifies confusions of varieties. An advocate of biodiversity, Weaver aims to restore endangered and rare food plants to American gardens and kitchens. Offered as a kind of verbal Noah's ark for vanishing vegetables, the book profiles 280 "living antiques." These plants range from the quirky (unusual root vegetables such as evening primroses and dahlias) to the haunting (the "Trail of Tears Bean" carried by Cherokees on their forced migration). The plant profiles include tips on planting, harvesting, seed-saving, maintaining seed purity and cooking. Despite engaging curiosities (e.g., an onion soup "much used by ladies... after the fatigues of a ball"), the plain recipes here may inspire more curiosity than cooking. Weaver traces American kitchen gardening from its classical Roman roots, as well as its economic development?from subsistence home gardens to profit-making market gardens to contemporary agribusiness. This encyclopedia is bound to become the seed-saver's bible, a holy book for gardeners intent on doing their part to combat the genetic winnowing brought about by industrial agriculture. Photos and drawings not seen by PW. First serial, electronic and audio rights: Blanche Schlessinger. (May)
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