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Delia’s Kitchen Garden: A beginner’s guide to growing and cooking fruit and vegetables

Delia’s Kitchen Garden: A beginner’s guide to growing and cooking fruit and vege
Gay Search
BBC Books
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cloth, 168 p., $35.00

When Gay Search, author and producer of the BBC’s Gardeners’ World, and Delia Smith, best-selling cookbook author famous for her BBC cooking programs, collaborate on a book, it’s a pretty good bet that it will be both interesting and informative. If I had to choose, I don’t know whether I would rather have Gay Search in my garden, guiding me through all the months of the year, or Delia Smith in my kitchen cooking up some of the wonderful produce from my kitchen garden.

This book is very well organized and has wonderful color photographs that should encourage even a neophyte. There is a section in the beginning that covers equipment and groundwork. This is very detailed and covers everything you might need to know about starting a kitchen garden. The rest of the book is divided by seasons, and then within the seasons, by months. Each month lists the tasks for that month, a little note from Delia in the kitchen, and at the end of the chapter, recipes from Delia for your garden produce. The notes from Delia in the kitchen contain wonderful little tips on how to prepare many of your fruits and vegetables. I have already followed her suggestions on how to prepare sweet corn, salad leaves and new potatoes. The final chapter has directions on how to create a patio garden.

I loved this book. It was fun to read and gave me a lot of helpful information. I will certainly buy at least one for myself and probably a few more as gifts.

— Joan Richards, volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden