From the Garden To The Table in 120 Recipes
This marvelous book begins with a very thoughtful question: ‘Why Grow Your Own Food?’ What was once a way of life, is now for many a ‘well-loved hobby’. But, growing your own food is so much more than that. The act of growing your own food, the caring of the garden is a ‘calming work‘.
‘After washing up we fix a simple supper, much of it harvested moments before, still alive and flavorful. We feel like the luckiest people on earth.’
There’s also a natural connection to growing your own food and becoming a cook. The delicious food you grow becomes a pleasure to prepare and to serve and ‘one of the first things you discover about homegrown produce is that you don’t want to mess with it too much.’‘Everything about the act of growing plants seems like a custom-made antidote to the stresses and deprivations we experience in modern life.’ The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook 1st Edition by Damrosch, Barbara, Coleman, Eliot takes you from preparing the garden, the soil, the layout and the crops you grow to creating sandwiches, soups, salads, and numerous dishes from these homegrown foods.
Chapter 1 begins with the soil.
‘Anyone can recognize a fertile soil’ by its color, texture and smell. Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman take you through the elements that comprise soil and the interactive workings of soil, bacteria, insects that come together to make the soil fertile for plants.
Chapter 2 shares with you the ‘big picture’ of gardening: The Layout.
How big should your garden be? What do you wish to grow? Where should the garden be located?‘the ideal garden is accesible. You want to be able to easily enter and exit the area, move around in it’.
Once you make your decision about how big, what you wish to grow and where you’d like to place your garden now it is time to begin to Dig In. You’ll be instructed in what you need to do to prepare the site for the best result for your garden’s plants.
Also, you’ll learn about ‘crop rotation’, what plants do best ‘following certain plants than they do following others‘.
If you don’t have space for a vegetable garden, they will also share with you how you can create an ‘Edible Garden’.
In addition, Damrosh and Coleman share with you suggested gardens that may fit your needs such as, The Practical Garden, The Hard Times Garden, The Winter Garden, The Self-Reliant Garden, and The Savory Garden.
Once you’ve chosen what kind of garden you want and which plants you will be growing, Damrosh and Coleman share with you just how to grow these vegetables and fruits.
This is a completely thorough book on vegetable and fruit gardening that sets you up to wish to grow these vegetables, and they don’t leave you there – a good portion of this book is dedicated to The Kitchen – cooking from the garden. These recipes are beautifully photographed and show you how you can thoroughly enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Have I intrigued you enough about this book – it is quite a wonderful book, entertaining and educational. You’ll love the marvelous information that will take you from step one to preparing your garden to step two – enjoying the fruits and vegetables you’ve grown.