Cloth, 256 pp., ISBN 978–1–554–07806–6, $29.95.
Richard Gianfrancesco, plant scientist, has written a complete book on growing food. With a scientific attention to facts, he has produced a book that covers every aspect of growing fruits and vegetables.
The book has four parts: site selection, a growing directory, core information on basic techniques of growing, and preserving your crop. The growing directory, the main portion of the book, rates each beautifully photographed plant on its monetary value, maintenance, and freeze/store capability.
A summary of sowing details, and the author’s crop ratings are accessible in easy form. The book includes, with appetizing pictures, recipes for chutney, pickles, plum jam, and tarragon and orange jelly.
— Adele Kleine, volunteer and Master Gardener, Chicago Botanic Garden and writer, Chicagoland Gardening magazine