cloth, 240 p., $35.00
Paper, 280 pp., $29.95
Heavily illustrated in gorgeous color, the comprehensive text contains an extensive directory of traditional as well as rare and unusual vegetables. Each profile contains a listing of varieties, their cultivation, pests and diseases, companion plantings, and culinary uses. As growing your own produce becomes more popular, this book is most welcome, for it is certain to have the answers for almost any question relating to vegetables.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden
cloth, 160 pp., $35.00
With photography by Mike Newton, author Lorenza De’Medici’s A Passion for Vegetables is a book to scan before — and after — a trip to the farmer’s market. It discusses vegetables, both familiar and unfamiliar, with background and recipes for each one. The vegetables are divided up by plant parts: Leaves, Stalks and Sprouts; Legumes; Vegetable Fruits; and Roots and Bulbs.