The Complete Book of Garlic: A Guide for Gardeners, Growers, and Serious Cooks

The Complete Book of Garlic: A Guide for Gardeners, Growers, and Serious Cooks

by Ted Jordan Meredith
     
 

An essential element in cuisines around the world, garlic enjoys near mythic status among cooks, chefs, foodies, and enthusiasts of natural remedies. Worldwide, garlic cultivation occupies over 2 million acres of farmland, an area that has more than doubled since 1970. Yet even garlic fanciers may be unable to tell hardneck from softneck, or Purple Stripe from

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An essential element in cuisines around the world, garlic enjoys near mythic status among cooks, chefs, foodies, and enthusiasts of natural remedies. Worldwide, garlic cultivation occupies over 2 million acres of farmland, an area that has more than doubled since 1970. Yet even garlic fanciers may be unable to tell hardneck from softneck, or Purple Stripe from Rocambole, not to mention the hundreds of cultivated varieties grown today, many with distinct differences in taste and character.

In fact, the wealth of garlic varieties in nearly a dozen horticultural groups rivals that of corn, carrots, apples, and peaches. This book is the most comprehensive and in-depth guide available to what surely should be the next gourmet frontier. From 'Ajo Rojo' to 'Zemo', Meredith presents illustrated profiles of nearly 150 cultivars. Detailed chapters cover natural history, the history of garlic in cultivation, the nuances of cuisine and culture, therapeutic benefits, plant structure, how to cultivate, curing and storage, taxonomy, pests and diseases, and chemistry.

Especially useful are the Quick Guides, which summarize information on growing and buying garlic and provide recommendations for the best-tasting cultivars for specific uses and climates. Lists of garlic sources and organizations are a boon to the aficionado. Whether you share Ted Jordan Meredith's "garlic affliction" or just find the pungent bulb indispensable, you'll understand it as never before with this meticulously researched, lovingly written exploration.

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Editorial Reviews

La Cucina Italiana
"A comprehensive guide to the vegetable, including its history, cultivation and cultural use."

La Cucina Italiana

Seattle Times
“The aroma of garlic nearly wafts from the pages of this delectable book. . . Where this book breaks ground is in the idea of growing garlic ornamentally as well as in its precise information on how to harvest and store this most pungent of bulbs. . . . And the photos are stunning.”
The Garlic News
“The aroma of garlic nearly wafts from the pages of this delectable book. . . Where this book breaks ground is in the idea of growing garlic ornamentally as well as in its precise information on how to harvest and store this most pungent of bulbs. . . . And the photos are stunning.”
Bend Lifestyles & Homes
“This is no ordinary book on garlic. It is a literary masterpiece, a reference book, a grower’s bible, a summary of garlic research explained in layman’s terms, and one that is a ‘must’ for any garlic lover’s library.”
Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener
“[This] is the most comprehensive and in-depth guide available to what surely should be the next gourmet frontier.”

American Gardener
“Few books qualify as coffee table books, and botanical manuscripts, and cultural guides, and cooking guides. The Complete Book of Garlic does all these, and more.”

Gastronomica
“Meredith asserts that if your only experience with garlic is the mediocre grocery store variety, you have been missing out.”

Muskogee Phoenix
"Meredith's book admirably expands our view of the world of garlic. It answers many of the mysteries about garlic, provides invaluable practical advice, and certainly celebrates its diversity."
La Cucina Italiana - Molly Day
"A comprehensive guide to the vegetable, including its history, cultivation and cultural use."

La Cucina Italiana

From the Publisher
This is a beautifully photographed and illustrated, coffee-table worthy, book for gardeners and those who love to cook and eat garlic. Grow your own!
Library Journal

Meredith modestly refers to himself as a "gatherer and assembler" of information rather than an expert. But he's a garlic aficionado whose verve and thoroughness are evident in this outstanding work, much the way his skills were clear in his Bamboo for Gardens, which won the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Literature Award in the general interest category. A passionate home grower and consumer of garlic, Meredith cites not only his personal experience but also numerous scientific studies while writing of garlic's natural history, structure, cultivation, taxonomy, diseases, and chemistry. He highlights garlic's influence on economics and various cultures; there are chapters on its importance as both a medicine and as a food (though this book does not supplant garlic cookbooks). A directory organized by horticultural groups includes 150 cultivars widely available in North America. "Quick Guides" list the author's favorite cultivars for specific needs like "early harvesting" or "exceptionally large cloved." Beautifully illustrated, and one of the most comprehensive garlic books in recent years, this is highly recommended for larger public libraries and for all horticultural libraries.
—Bonnie Poquette

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881928839
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/15/2008
Pages:
332
Sales rank:
416,195
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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