Growing at the Speed of Life: A Year in the Life of My First Kitchen Garden

Growing at the Speed of Life: A Year in the Life of My First Kitchen Garden

by Graham Kerr
     
 

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"Kerr's book includes plenty of gardening advice, but the overall message suggests that the benefits of growing things are as much food for the soul as for dinner."
-Los Angeles Times

With more than two dozen cookbooks and hundreds of television shows, lectures, and personal appearances devoted to promoting healthful cooking, award-winning

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"Kerr's book includes plenty of gardening advice, but the overall message suggests that the benefits of growing things are as much food for the soul as for dinner."
-Los Angeles Times

With more than two dozen cookbooks and hundreds of television shows, lectures, and personal appearances devoted to promoting healthful cooking, award-winning chef and former "Galloping Gourmet" Graham Kerr literally starts from the ground up in this engaging, inspiring, and highly informative introduction to the joys of the kitchen garden-and the pleasures of the table that start with growing your own food.

Growing at the Speed of Life takes you through the first year in Kerr's own kitchen garden, sharing the lessons learned and the wisdom that he's received from his circle of local knowledge providers. From digging up his south lawn and putting together a greenhouse to planting his first seeds and harvesting and sharing his first crop with others in need, Kerr provides a whirlwind tour through his gardening adventures. Along the way, he profiles sixty common-and not-so-common but readily available-garden vegetables, fruits, and herbs with useful advice and recommendations for care and feeding. Once the harvest is done, Kerr heads into the kitchen, where he offers guidance on the best cooking methods to create appealing dishes and more than one hundred recipes that are as simple and elegant as they are healthful-and that will certainly entice you to increase the amount of plant foods in your diet.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kerr, best known as the Galloping Gourmet television cooking personality, serves up new recipes and reflections on gardening in this lighthearted cookbook. Like many amateur gardeners, he was motivated to grow his own food by a desire both to improve his diet and to support local, sustainable, seasonal agriculture. In a compact chapter, he explains everything the impatient beginning gardener needs to get started. This section includes basic information on soil improvement, pest management, watering and weeding, germinating, composting, and crop rotation. The bulk of the book is devoted to detailed growing information and recipes for more than 60 fruits and vegetables. Fans of Kerr's lively style on the Food Network and in his cookbooks (Day-by-Day Gourmet) will enjoy this combination of jaunty gardening adventure and healthy and diverse recipes. Line drawings throughout. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews

Galloping Gourmethost Kerr (Day-by-Day Gourmet Cookbook, 2007, etc.) offers the cautionary tale of his first kitchen garden.

Around the time Michelle Obama broke ground on the White House garden, the author was also trying his hand at the "earth-to-table process." Kerr relates to any would-be gardeners his story of novice green-thumbing and provides a helpful "Need-to-Know" section for others to follow. He details the cultivation and cooking of 60 edible plants, the majority of which are accompanied by a handful of recipes and supplementary nutritional information. Although the author aims to inspire others to increase their daily fruit and vegetable intake, Kerr's labor- and money-intensive trials may turn off some potential gardeners. And while he may intend the book to reach out to space-starved city-dwellers in addition to rural plotters, the author provides little useful advice for an economical and efficient urban kitchen garden. Kerr's account of his first growing season is one of experience, not expertise, but he pulls it off with an enjoyably humorous and familiar tone. The book, however, falls short as a reference work for novices; the author often suggests reaching out to a "local knowledge expert," leaving much of the research up to the reader, even in the important Need-to-Know list. But he does provide helpful instructions for how each fruit and vegetable should be handled once it arrives in the kitchen, whether from one's own garden or the greenmarket down the street.

A book lacking in gardening know-how but quite useful for its cooking tips.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399537301
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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