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The Food Lover's Garden (PDF)
Growing, Cooking, and Eating Well
Put off by the origin-unknown, not-so-fresh, pesticide-laden offerings at the grocery store? Hungry for delicious high-quality veg and fragrant herbs, and looking to have some control over where your food comes from but never planted a seed in your life?
Foodie meets gardener in this deliciously accessible, easy-to-use guide to growing, cooking, and preserving twenty-some popular, easy-to-grow vegetables and herbs. Taking the budding gardener from planting, growing and harvesting, to preparation of delicious, nutritious, and affordable meals, this book is a celebration of food in all its stages.
The Food Lover's Garden guides the reader through:
- Getting started with easy step-by-step growing instructions from balcony to backyard
- Simple, tasty recipes incorporating each vegetable and herb
- Meal combinations of two or more of the featured dishes
- Selecting essential kitchen tools and gadgets to maximize the harvest
- Canning and pickling recipes to preserve the rest.
Perfect for the foodie and budding gardener - from the humble potato, to pungent garlic, to the beauty of the beet, classic staples take a delicious turn with novel, innovative recipes. Truly food for all seasons and palates.
Foodies, new gardeners, urban homesteaders, and supporters of sustainable living - take back your right to high-quality food with The Food Lover's Garden.
Jenni Blackmore is an artist, writer, micro-farmer, and certified Permaculture Design Consultant. Passionate about all things "food," she's an ardent supporter of holistic food production who strives to grow most of her own vegetables. Her most recent book, Permaculture for the Rest of Us, follows her journey from industrial Manchester to a sustainable island homestead in Nova Scotia. When she isn't painting, writing, or tending to the various feathered residents of her QuackaDoodle Permaculture Farm, Jenni likes to slip her kayak into the waves or take her bike for a spin along the trail.
"Remember the last time you stood in the cold cereal aisle at the grocery store and a little voice said, “There's a better way”? I know. You've never grown a garden. You're not that comfortable in the kitchen. What if one little book fixed all that? With The Food Lover's Garden in hand, there's just no excuse, no reason to deprive yourself again this summer. Soon, you'll be eating to your heart and health's content."
MaryJane Butters, maryjanesfarm.com
"One does not expect a gardening book to make one's mouth water with anticipation. Jenni Blackmore's second helping, The Food Lover's Garden, does just that. The crisp photographs, lushly painted illustrations, and delicious text lead the reader from the garden to the kitchen and pantry with anticipation of culinary delight."
Darrell E. Frey, author, The Bioshelter Market Garden
"As a chef who has, for a good portion of his career, had an ongoing love affair with food that is prepared close to home by people who care, The Food Lover's Garden resonates with me. It's earnest yet thoughtful musings on taste, smell, the challenges of growing food and society's changing respect for those ingredients gives me hope. I love the recipes … well-thumbed pages will be the best legacy that this book can leave."
Michael Howell, Executive Chef, The Green Turtle Club, Abaco, Bahamas, and Executive Director, Devour The Food Film Fest, Wolfville, NS
"The Food Lover's Garden will be your “one stop shop” for everything from seed to plate. For anyone new to home gardening and looking for a nurturing, personal coach to expertly navigate you through the how-to's: meet author. Jenni Blackmore. This bookwill leave you feeling empowered and ready to launch your own journey to food self-sufficiency."
Lisa Kivirist, author Soil Sisters and Homemade for Sale
"If you know a foodie who wants to get up close and personal with their food -- perhaps you? -- this is the perfect guide to their first garden. Jenni gives you the information you need to choose your list of plants based upon the meals you will eventually prepare with them. This is a beautiful and practical addition to every foodie's library."
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