Nikki Jabbour has a great style - easy to follow, passionate, personable, personal. Reading this book feels like having a good friend walk with you through her garden, where she just happens to grow lots of cool variants of most people's favourite veggies. The photographs are great, the descriptions are short & sweet; it's laid out magazine-style I thought, as opposed to like yet another "how to grow vegetables" tome. (Which are good to read too, of course.) This is a good book for people who grow and like traditional vegetables (beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes, peppers, etc.) and who want to find out more about funky alternatives for these kinds of vegetables. And that's how the book is laid out - short "chapters" that cover each vegetable family in a "if you like this, grow this-this-or-this" style. And what it does, it does really well - I like cucumbers myself, and would definitely like to try white or yellow cucumbers, or try some of the asian or indian varieties I'd never even heard of. However, actually growing these beautiful veg will involve getting seeds from sellers either online (on the net, pretty easy!) or at seed fairs (which happen each February/March where I'm from). The only thing I thought was missing was some more exotic perennial vegetables, which I would have liked to discover... I was kind of hoping for more about that when I purchased the book. But you can't have everything I suppose! A really nice addition to my gardening book collection, and I'll have fun cozying up with it some more, and getting inspiration for my modest garden for the next couple of winter months. Thanks Ms Jabbour!
Fantastic book with so many great ideas and alternatives to what we’re so used to growing. A must have for anyone wanting to grow veggies. I find myself looking through it over and over again, finding more new ideas of what to grow and how!
This is a great book for any vegetable gardeners who want to expand their horizons into more global options. It's full of beautiful (and mouthwatering) photos. Niki organizes it in a "like that? Try this!" format, and it's well worth even reading sections where you might not actually "like that", because some of the "try this" options sound amazing. There are instructions for growing, suggestions for eating (who knew you could pop amaranth seed like popcorn?), and specific variety recommendations. She tells you what works well in pots, shade, and other tricky conditions. There's no bad advice here. Both beginner and experienced gardeners will find it helpful. I've been gardening a long time and have even tried quite a few of the varieties she recommends, but now my list of things to try is so much longer!
I love this book. So does my daughter, who wouldn’t share it with me until she was finished reading it. A great way to get kids to eat their veggies is to involve them in growing them. And they will be more interested in growing something that is fun and different. This book is packed with fun and unusual crop ideas for kids—and adults! For example, Magenta Spreen, an edible leafy green that kids can also use as garden makeup (when rubbed on the skin, it looks like blush!) Thanks Niki Jabbour for making gardening fun!
Got this book in February and can't wait to start gardening. Niki Jabbour does a great job presenting alternatives to our usual garden vegetables along with fun colorful varieties of traditional cops such as peas and beans. Everything sounds delicious, even vegetables that I usually don't like! The photos are gorgeous and she includes lots of great growing tips for all the different veggies. It is really nice to read information on growing in my climate since we grow in a similar area, but she also includes information on growing in other places too.