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Grow Fruit & Vegetables in Pots: Planting Advice & Recipes from Great Dixter

Phaidon. Feb. 2020. 240p. ISBN 9780714878614. $39.95. GARDENING
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Bertelsen, gardener and cook at the Sussex, England, landmarked estate The Great Dixter (The Great Dixter Cookbook: Recipes from an English Garden) pairs his love of container gardening with food preparation. This handsome book is divided into three parts: in-depth instructions for establishing a potted kitchen garden; expert guidance for selecting and maintaining a wide variety of plants; and over 50 recipes using the resulting harvest. The text is written in a personal and laid-back manner, with lots of photos to effectively illustrate and support the material. Information is thorough and easy to follow. The diverse recipes, many of which were acquired by the author from his friends and associates, such as beetroot hummus and chilled rhubarb/strawberry soup, have an air of simple sophistication. The book’s goal is to inspire readers to enjoy benefits of fresh, homegrown fruit and vegetables, regardless of space constraints, and with the least amount of labor and upkeep. Bertelsen easily meets this objective with this book.
VERDICT Sure to appeal to a broad range of gardeners and cooks, including those who live in urban areas where dedicating room to gardening is often challenging.

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