Seed to Table: A Seasonal Guide to Organically Growing, Cooking, and Preserving Food at Home

Yellow Pear Pr. May 2023. 330p. ISBN 9781684811625. $34.99. GARDENING
This beautifully illustrated gardening book might appeal to cookbook fans as well, with a 100-plus-page chapter devoted to garden-to-table recipes, but is likely going to find its most appreciative audience in those who love to dig in the dirt. Chapters cover crop guides, garden planning, growing techniques, soil management, seeds and seeding, and season extension. Filled with lavish photos, the book centers on the idea of growing food for an enriched and enjoyable life—heirloom tomatoes that taste incandescently different from store-bought, and a garden space that is nurturing to body and soul. The gardening information is solid, offering crop information that covers growth patterns, common issues, and suggested varieties. Each is then indexed to recipes, which largely reflect Ghafari’s Middle Eastern roots. The cooking chapter opens with drinks and includes snacks, salads, sauces, condiments, sides, and mains. There is also a small section devoted to preserving crops via pickling, drying, and more.
VERDICT For his first print book, Ghafari, who created the Urban Farm and Kitchen blog, has written an approachable, deeply useful work for beginner gardeners that is enlivened with recipes and great images.
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