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“This book is sure to be a modern classic and is one of the most important books on gardening in the current century.”
—Jere Gettle, founder, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Heirloom Vegetable Gardening has always been a book for gardeners and cooks interested in unique flavors, colors, and history in their produce. This updated edition has been improved throughout with growing zones, advice, and new plant entries. Line art has been replaced with lush, full-color photography. Yet at the core, this book delivers on the same promise it made two decades ago: It’s a comprehensive guide based on meticulous first-person research to these 300+ plants, making it a book to come back to season after season.
Originally published in 1997, Heirloom Vegetable Gardening is a timeless reference because the subject is timeless. Since its initial publication, the subject has become more important. The farm-to-table revolution is opening new appreciation and interest in real food locally grown. It’s not a trend, and with every year, more people are looking for education and information about their food supply: who owns the seeds? Who controls food sources, and how does food nourish us? These questions and conversations are ongoing for every generation, for gardeners and chefs. Ultimately, Heirloom Vegetable Gardening is about food, according to Weaver, saying, “this is a book construed around food stories, and why this food is important to our identity.”
My family planted and harvested a garden every year when I was growing up. Now I can share the fun with my own husband and children! We have enjoyed discovering how to plant, grow, harvest, can, freeze, etc.; but learning more about how to save seeds properly is sure to give us a more fruitful harvest in years to come! The history behind each heirloom vegetable was very interesting from a gardener’s perspective, as well as a mom who loves to cook!
About the Author
William Woys Weaver is an internationally known food historian and a rare four-time winner of the prestigious IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Awards. Weaver, a master gardener, has been featured on such national programs as Good Morning America (with Julia Child); has appeared in many special food documentaries, including Terrapin, which won an Emmy; and has been the subject of special articles in Americana, Food & Wine, Food Arts, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and Country Living. Weaver received his doctorate in food studies at University College Dublin, Ireland, the first doctorate awarded by the University in that field of study. He maintains the Roughwood Seed Collection of heirloom food plants at the historic Lamb Tavern in Devon, Pennsylvania.
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