cloth, 112 pp., $20.00
French author Evelyne Bloch-Dano has recorded a series of popular lectures on garden vegetables, stimulating public interest in their origins. Typically taking a junior role in haute cuisine, vegetables were of prime concern when humans first started to garden. Noting that “... vegetables connect us to the earth ...,” she examines a spectrum of plants beginning with their origins and history and continuing on to their larger popularity with the public. Some plants, such as the tomato, were initially regarded as ornamental. The translator created quite an entertaining and readable version of the text. Readers will be encouraged to investigate details on vegetables thanks to extensive literature cited in the text.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden