Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year-Round
by Barbara Pleasant, 328 pages. 8x10, softcover. For your veggies, fruits and culinary herbs, don’t you wish you had a guidebook full of growing instructions and tips (like those found in Fedco catalogs)? For plotting your gardens each season, wouldn’t you welcome a resource that suggests how much to plant per person? When you have produce that is ready to harvest, wouldn’t you benefit from a manual that indicates which preservation method best suits each crop? Thanks to Barbara Pleasant, you can have it all in one book. She writes, “This is precisely the information I needed but did not have when I started food gardening in a serious way.” Contains simple time-saving strategies to manage your harvests. Freezing sweet corn? She suggests using the center of a bundt pan to hold an ear upright and catch the kernels as you cut them off. Brilliant! Prepping tons of garlic? Plunge cloves in boiling water briefly, then cool over ice to get the peels to release. Life-changing! Trying to cut through super-hard winter squash safely? Tap a mallet on the back of your sturdiest chef’s knife. Why didn’t I think of that? For anyone wanting to get more serious about eating from their garden year-round. -John Paul Rietz
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