rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a combination gardening book and cookbook. The photography is beautiful, and it can be informative, but it’s not terribly detailed. It’s particularly informative about colonial planting, cooking, and eating habits.
On the gardening side, this is a good place to start for figuring out what sorts of crops and heirloom varieties you may want to try planting. It really made me want a yard so I could grow things—especially okra, which I love. I was a bit disappointed, though, in that not all of the varieties featured in the photographs were discussed in the text.
On the cookbook side, I didn’t find most of these recipes to be too appealing. Most are pretty simple and involve either boiling, baking, or roasting, adding butter, and seasoning with salt and pepper.
I was also disappointed in the editing. Page 10 of my edition, on which the “Heirloom Garden Style” section begins, includes placeholder text that someone should have caught and cut out before the book hit the presses.
Overall, I’m not disappointed, and I would read other books in this series, but I’m glad I didn’t buy it.
Book source: Montgomery County, PA, Public Library System