Although this title purports to be "for kids" there is so much information squeezed onto the pages that an adult can benefit from reading it. Indeed, from the start, the author stipulates that "all gardening and cooking require active adult supervision." The text moves from a few general instructions to sections for "Easy," "Medium," and "Advanced Garden Plots." Each offers clear instructions, including a pictorial diagram for planting, maintaining, and harvesting a small group of veggies, even sprouts and yeast, that are related to a given recipe. The page design fills the space, but the organization and consistency of topics make the needed information accessible. The small colored drawings are decorative, but for some beginners they may be essential to identify crops. A Glossary and Bibliography add value. Teachers, youth group leaders and parents will find the very sensible instructions and easy recipes inviting. 2000, Fulcrum Publishing, Ages 7 up, $16.95. Reviewer: Ken Marantz
Constance Hardesty is an instructor and trainer at the Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado. She also creates and leads childrenís tours at the gardens. An innovative gardener, she has worked as a children's cook creating fun, delicious meals with fresh veggies.