The Backyard Homestead, Edited by Carleen Madigan Perkins #8555
Who knew you could produce all the food you need on just 1/4 acre! This compendium of advice tells you how to raise a garden and how to preserve, can, cure, brew, and pickle the fruits of your labor. From there, the food self-sufficiency information goes on to bee keeping, cheese making, growing and milling grains, and keeping poultry, goats, and other livestock. These may be new concepts for many of us but are certainly fascinating and pertinent topics to explore. Illustrations throughout. 368 pages.
Carrots Love Tomatoes, by Louise Riotte #8415
Although this book was first published 40 years ago, it has become a classic that has taught many gardeners how to combine plants to promote optimal growth and natural pest protection. This is a guide to using plants' natural partnerships to achieve bigger and better harvests. It also includes information on soil improvement, garden layouts, and lots of interesting facts that are both fun and educational. 224 pages, illustrations throughout
Chile Peppers by Brooklyn Botanic Garden #8346
Another in a popular series of gardening books, this comprehensive volume will educate you in a hurry on the growing and eating of chile peppers. Sections by Paul Bosland and other pepper experts discuss the history of chiles, how to grow them in all climates and recognize their pests and diseases, and detailed directions for preserving and cooking them. More than a dozen inviting recipes and bright color photographs are sprinkled throughout this excellent and very user-friendly book. 111 pages.
The Complete Chile Pepper Book, By Dave DeWitt & Paul W. Bosland #8862
Written by two preeminent pepper authorities, this book is described as a gardener's guide to choosing, growing, preserving, and cooking chile peppers. It is really so much more, as these authors lend a wealth of knowledge about chiles that delves deeply into the subject. Among the book's highlights are profiles of the 100 most popular varieties, capsicum cultivation, post-harvest processing, plus 85 chile pepper recipes. Expect to be fascinated, informed, and entertained well beyond the price of the book. Hardcover, full color throughout. 336 pages.
The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, By Barbara Pleasant & Deborah L. Martin #8106
Growing a vegetable garden naturally leads one to an interest in compost because every plant craves the nutritious, organic diet compost provides. Making your own compost saves time and money and produces the most flavorful vegetables ever. The problem is most people don't know where to start, but this book explains how to easily make compost with different techniques and materials (including vermicomposting) and how to use the finished product. Full color photographs. 320 pages
Epic Tomatoes, by Craig LeHoullier #8265
The title of this book is most appropriate because it is an epic, comprehensive work. The author has grown more than 1,200 tomato varieties and introduced heirlooms such as Cherokee Purple to the trade. Here he tells the stories of many of the tomatoes he's grown, shares his ten most favorite tomatoes, and surveys more than 200 others. He also goes into depth on how to grow tomatoes--from planting seeds, to cultivating the plants, to collecting seeds to save. Packed with information and lots of colorful phtographs, this is the manual that every serious tomato grower (and beginner alike) must have! 256 pages, full-color photographs.
Fermented Vegetables, by Kirsten Shockey and Christopher Shockey #8003
Fermented foods are delicious, nutrient-rich, and promote healthy digestion. They are a hot food trend today, but the process itself is as old as time. Jars of fermented food are expensive to buy, but anyone with a vegetable garden and surplus harvest can prepare them for very little cost. This book gives detailed instructions for making sauerkraut, pickles, chutneys, and other types of fermented vegetables. There are 140 recipes using 80 different vegetables and herbs and an additional 84 recipes for using the fermented foods in meals and snacks.
368 pages, full-color photography.
Great Salsa Book by Mark Miller #8742
This is the definitive salsa cookbook written by a famous chef and restaurant owner. It features more than 100 delicious salsas using combinations of tomatoes, chile peppers, tomatillos, fruit, beans, corn, and other healthful ingredients. Each recipe is accompanied by a full color photograph, a heat scale, and serving suggestions. These very tempting and creative recipes are certain to enliven your meals and help you make the most of your garden harvests. 148 pages.
Grow Cook Eat, By Willi Galloway #8918
This full circle book is a great gardening guide that takes you through the cycle from planting a seed in the soil to sitting down to a meal prepared with your own vegetables. Included are the fundamentals of planting, how to grow and harvest 50 different vegetables and herbs, and an easy and enticing recipe for each one. Beautiful color photographs throughout the book are inspirational and the author’s advice on each crop is easy to understand and clearly drawn from her own
experience. I could read this book everyday just for its beauty and its fresh new ideas and insights. 304 pages.
The Heirloom Tomato Cookbook by Mimi Luebbermann #8577
The Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival inspired this beautiful cookbook featuring elegant photographs and 50 mouth-watering recipes, such as Cherokee Purple Tomato BLT and Five-Minute Brandywine Sauce. It includes a discussion on favorite heirloom varieties, wine pairings, and tips on cultivating tomatoes, but it is really the recipes and the delicious flavors they promise that will make you want to grow these heirlooms. 132 pages.
Hot Sauce! By Jennifer Trainer Thompson #8001
More people than ever before are enjoying hot
pepper sauces today. Our tastes are expanding, and hot sauces can be fun, great-tasting, and even addictive. Learn more about the types of chiles used to make sauce, try 32 different recipes for sauce—including Sriracha, Louisiana style, and Jamaican jerk,
and enjoy more than 50 recipes for dishes cooked with hot sauce. If you keep a bottle of hot sauce in the pantry or on your table, consider this book to learn more about the exciting world of fiery foods. 192 pages, full-color photography.
The New Seed-Starters Handbook by Nancy Bubel #8140
This newly revised and expanded edition is a complete, up-to-date reference for starting more than 200 vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, trees, and shrubs from seed. Guides the gardener from starting seeds indoors to planting outside to seed saving and seed storage. Detailed information on tomatoes and peppers includes when and how to plant, temperature and water requirements, protection against pests and diseases, and spacing in the garden. 400 pages. 20 photos and 80 illustrations.