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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; Reprint edition (Jan. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554071267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554071265
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Liska on March 20 2012
Format: Hardcover
I got it as a present for my husband since he likes gardening, and we enjoyed this book a lot. It has a lot of pictures, several pictures on every page, and it is very pleasant to just browse through it. There are a lot of just interesting facts about vegetables, herbs and fruit... And my favourite part is that each of them has a recipe on its page! Most of them are relatively simple, but it encourages to try them. So, it is a cookbook too for those who like making interesting dishes with fruits and vegetables.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Hickey on Jan. 15 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful! Every section gives you a in-depth overview of the vegetable, herb or fruit; detailing different varieties and how they rank in terms of taste and/or hardiness, how to propagate, grow, maintain, harvest and store. Plus gives tips of typical pests/diseases and how to avoid them. Very helpful are the "companion planting" paragraphs, explaining which plants do best next to each other. And to top it all off, each section includes a "culinary" and "medicinal" section, informing you of the best ways to use your crops once harvested. The pictures are beautiful and the wording is easy to understand and to the point. This is a great book for any gardener's reference shelf. Fun to read cover-to-cover, but set up so that you can dip in and out as you choose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shilo Michelle on Feb. 22 2009
Format: Hardcover
...for everyday gardening reference. My husband and I refer to this book often. Lots of great information, good detailed info on herbs as well. We leave it out on the table so that it's always handy. Easy to understand, covers a wide variety of things. We even found information for our Quince tree, and with recipes for each herb/fruit/veggie, it's definitely worth its money.
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By carmenlawrence on March 27 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a fantastic resource for anyone who is interested in growing their own produce. It covers a wide variety of different species and includes a general breakdown of every type of crop. It is a great beginners who are looking to see what they can grow in the climate they live in. There are even recipes and medicinal information! There is no information in this book that isn't useful. Definitely recommended for any aspiring gardeners!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Fun and informative! Jan. 15 2004
By L. Hickey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful! Every section gives you a in-depth overview of the vegetable, herb or fruit; detailing different varieties and how they rank in terms of taste and/or hardiness, how to propagate, grow, maintain, harvest and store. Plus gives tips of typical pests/diseases and how to avoid them. Very helpful are the "companion planting" paragraphs, explaining which plants do best next to each other. And to top it all off, each section includes a "culinary" and "medicinal" section, informing you of the best ways to use your crops once harvested. The pictures are beautiful and the wording is easy to understand and to the point. This is a great book for any gardener's reference shelf. Fun to read cover-to-cover, but set up so that you can dip in and out as you choose.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
The best gardening book I own Dec 6 2005
By L. E. Mcdonald - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book has the most readable practicle information on every vegetable, herb or fruit I would ever grow plus many others. It covers some history of origin, varieties, cultivation, propagation, container and garden growing, harvesting & storage as well as uses both medicinal and culinary and also some recipies. I have not come across a more extensive book. My son & daughter both in their early 20's and just starting vege gardening use this as their bible. Well worth owning.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The best that your money can get Nov. 9 2007
By Cestmoi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
PRO

- Extensive coverage of fruit, vegetable and herbs.
The book says it covers 100 fruits, 70 vegetables and 100 herbs.
Each subject has Cultivation, Companion planting, and Culinary sections. If it's a herb, it also has Medicinal section.

One day I bought a bag of Macadamias nuts from my local grocery store. The label said they were grown in Australia, Hawaii and Africa. I wanted to know more about them. I opened this book to page 555 and voila! I found all the interesting information about them. There were 3 beautiful photos of the nuts, the tree and the dish made from the nuts. It's informative and mouth watering.

- Very well illustrated.
Each fruit, tree, or vegetable has at least 3 pictures. They're beautiful. The Culianry section always has a picture of the dish made with the fruit, herb or vegetable. It's so colorful and lively that it makes me hungry!

- It's hard covered. So, it will last a long time.

CONS

- It uses the term "Long", "Short", "Medium" to describe the life span of the trees without giving a range in years. This is frustrating because I am not sure approximate how long they live. But I can easily find this information from somewhere else. No book is perfect.

In short, it's definitely worth buying. I use it almost daily for cooking recipes and for general information. Together with Gernot Katzer's Spice Pages [...] it makes a complete reference. You can find any information on these subject with these 2 resources.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
If you can only buy one gardening book- buy this one! May 3 2009
By Shannon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Book combines gardening knowledge with a little herbology and provides culinary recipes to bring garden to table. I found the gardening info to be interesting and informative- and I have been gardening for 2 decades! Beautiful pictures were a definite bonus! My copy is now dogeared and well worn from much use.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not arranged alphabetically! Jan. 8 2012
By Joe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
While this encyclopedia is in-depth and informational, it is not arranged alphabetically by vegetable, fruit, or herb, so we found it rather difficult to navigate.

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