The Random House Book of Vegetables

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In addition to detailed coverage of more than 650 types of vegetables from around the world, all of which can be grown in the U.S., this primer on vegetables and vegetable gardening gives descriptions of the important vegetable families, tips on culitvation, lists of seed suppliers, and more. Over 1,000 color photos. Index.

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Overview

In addition to detailed coverage of more than 650 types of vegetables from around the world, all of which can be grown in the U.S., this primer on vegetables and vegetable gardening gives descriptions of the important vegetable families, tips on culitvation, lists of seed suppliers, and more. Over 1,000 color photos. Index.

In addition to detailed coverage of more than 650 types of vegetables from around the world, all of which can be grown in the U.S., this primer on vegetables and vegetable gardening gives descriptions of the important vegetable families, tips on culitvation, lists of seed suppliers, and more. Over 1,000 color photos. Index.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
If a gardener needs a single visual guide to the vegetable kingdom, this may be the one. Generously illustrated with color photographs that regard both the larger landscape and the root tendrils on a turnip with a serious eye, the book documents more than 650 types of vegetable, mainly those that can be grown in North America and northern Europe, but also takes stock of Asian specialties currently in demand. Search out parsnips, for example, and you'll find the pale, soggy-looking specimens of five different kinds lined up, as if for mug shots; a glimpse of parsnips au naturel --in the ground, not the studio--is also on hand, as is a brief note on the parsnip's history and its cultivational needs. Extensive, equally explicit spreads on more popular vegetables abound, whether the culprit is spinach or the humble broad bean (shown both with pods zipped shut and split open, seeds intact inside). Though not mainly a source of gardener's tips, the book offers simple instructions to the grower, as well as fodder for anyone curious to know more about the first European sighting of potatoes (1537) or the multitudes of possible potatoes (``Duke of York''; ``Epicure''; ``Mona Lisa''). (Apr.)
Library Journal
Ideal for plant identification and selection, this terrific series features immaculate photography (one picture for virtually every entry) and clear, concise text that discusses the physical attributes, native area, and hardiness of each plant. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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This new addition to the popular Random House gardening series presents over 650 varieties of vegetables grown and consumed around the world. A British import, it uses the metric system and suggests some growing techniques that may not hold true for all of North America. Otherwise it is a solid offering. Nonbotanists will make good use of the index, arranged by plant families and not alphabetically by common name, to locate the lettuce or peruse the peppers. Information is provided on the origin, characteristics, and cultivation of each type of plant, followed by notes on specific cultivars. As with other books in the series, this book is exceptional for its color photographs. Vegetables are photographed both in the field and in an almost diametrically opposed setting with a stark white background and perfect studio lighting. This striking visual presentation will appeal to amateur and experienced gardeners alike. Highly recommended.-- Virginia A. Henrichs, Chicago Botanic Garden Lib., Glencoe, Ill.
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