All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition by Mel Bartholomew #8172
The author invented this method, which has become very popular because it is such an easy way to start a garden. It is a simple set-up that works for anyone who wants to grow twice as much in half the space with a minimum of effort. Vegetables, flowers, and herbs grow beautifully in raised beds filled with soil mix and divided into 16 squares, each 1 foot long and wide. The book takes you through how to do it yourself with thorough descriptions of all the steps. 272 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. Full color throughout. 336 pages.
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.
Put‘em Up! By Sherri Brooks Vinton #8607
Preserving food is back in a big way, but those of us who did not grow up knowing these skills will need some help. The first part of this book gives step-by-step instructions for every kind of food preservation, including canning, freezing, drying, and pickling. Then comes the delicious part—lots of recipes featuring fruits and vegetables, some with contemporary flavor combinations as well as the tried-and-true favorites. Think Cherry and Black Pepper Preserves in addition to Granny’s Chow-Chow Relish. This book goes a long way in helping us to keep the local harvest, save money, and eat wholesomely. Full-color photography. 304 pages.
Serving Up the Harvest By Andrea Chesman #8769
Celebrate your just-picked produce with these wholesome, delicious recipes that help turn what you grow into wonderful meals. The author organizes the book by crop-readiness, with the progression of recipes following the growing season. The vegetables are the stars of these recipes, which are simple yet innovative enough to be really enticing. Also included are tips for growing, harvesting, and cooking, plus nutritional facts about each vegetable. This book belongs on the bookshelf of those who love to cook as well as those who love to garden. 175 recipes and 501 pages.
The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible
By Edward C. Smith #8348
Written by the author of The Vegetable Gardener's Bible, this book shares secrets for growing vegetables and herbs in self-watering containers, all from an organic gardening point of view. It discusses choosing varieties, starting from seed, providing proper soil and nutrition, dealing with pests, and harvesting the bounty. There are details how to grow the most popular vegetables too, including tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. In fact, this well-written book has so much useful information, it is a good general reference for anyone growing vegetables. 254 pages.