In no particular order, we’re recapping 15 great books from 2010 for the gardener on your holiday shopping list. Any one of them would be a great holiday gift for the green thumb on your list. We’ll feature a book a day starting December 7.
Tomatoes Garlic Basil
by Doug Oster
Tomatoes Garlic Basil (St. Lynn’s Press, 256 pages, $17.95) is the result of the author’s lifelong passion for these vegetables. This resource showcases the simple pleasures of growing and cooking these versatile foods by covering each step from soil preparation to cooking dishes with your harvest. It is filled with everything you need to know about growing all three foods and creating a garden in your backyard or even on your condo deck.
In addition to the step-by-step instructional aspect of the book, there are also real life stories of love, life, travel, and, of course, food. The chapter titles include: Gardens are Good for You, Gardening in the City, The Kid in the Tomato Suit, A Passion for Seeds, Garlic in My Genes, and For the Love of Basil. It includes over 30 classic recipes, with creative twists, right out of the author’s garden and kitchen. This is a useful book for gardeners and food lovers alike.