Gardening Books We Wear Out

Seeds of Change is a company that works to "help preserve biodiversity and promote sustainable, organic agriculture." One thing for certain is that they love their gardens and love to cook what they grow. Their e-newsletter shared a list of Books We Wear Out, many of which are owned by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

The Vegetarian Grill: 200 Recipes for Inspired Flame-Kissed Meals

By Andrea Chesman

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"At last, vegetarians can take leave of the hot kitchen and be part of the casual backyard fun long reserved for carnivores. Non-vegetarians, too, can take a healthy break from, or find the perfect side dish for, their usual outdoor fare. In 200 grill-tested recipes for smoky, succulent, fire-kissed food, Andrea Chesman makes room on the grill for a feast of new foods and flavors, from simple sides and salads to hearty burgers, burritos, pizzas, pastas, and more."
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The Great Salsa Book

By Mark Miller

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"This sparkling full-color cookbook features 100 widely varied recipes-tomato and tomatillo, chile, tropical, fruit, corn, bean, garden, ocean, exotic, and nut, seed, and herb. Includes hints on handling volatile peppers, suggested accompaniments, and, of course, a heat scale."
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The Great Chile Book

By Mark Miller with John Harrisson

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"The Coyote Cafe cookbook was a howling success that spawned a wonderful pair of posters created by Mark Miller. This full-color handbook presents an expansion of the posters' information in book form, covering 100 chiles (50 each of fresh and dried), each with a color photograph, hotness scale, and brief description.  The Great Chile Book also includes background information, an introduction to the use of chiles in the cuisines of Mexico and the Southwest, and delicious recipes from the kitchen of the Coyote Cafe."

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The Edible Salad Garden

By Rosalind Creasy

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"Creasy shows readers how to grow favorite salad greens and vegetables then prepare them using delicious and unique recipes."

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The Edible Italian Garden

By Rosalind Creasy

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"Creasy offers recommendations for selecting and growing the best varieties of Italian herbs and vegetables: basil, broccoli rabe, fava beans, and tomatoes."
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The Edible Herb Garden

By Rosalind Creasy

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"Explore the world of fragrant and savory herbs and get tips on how to grow them abundantly. Learn how to use herbs in cooking, as well as in blends, herbed oils and vinegars."

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The Edible Heirloom Garden

By Rosalind Creasy

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"Heirloom vegetables (historic varieties that are often not as widely available as commoner varieties) are being rediscovered and treasured. Rosalind Creasy recommends her favorite heirloom vegetable varieties and provides growing tips and tasty recipes like Squash Pie, Fricassee of Parsnips and Hot Slaw. Includes interviews with Debra Friedman, a cooking interpretor at historic Old Sturbridge Village, and Kent Whealy, director of the Seed Savers Exchange as well as a comprehensive list of suppliers."
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The Edible French Garden

By Rosalind Creasy

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This volume comprises vegetables that are fundamental to French cuisine, like endives, leeks, shallots, and celery root, and classic recipes for preparing them: Pistou Souffle, a Green Aioli, and, of course, Ratatouille. Includes profiles of Tom McCombie, a California-based chef, and Georgeanne Brennan, co-owner of Le Marche seed company.

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The Complete Medicinal Herbal

By Penelope Ody

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"Elaborating on the healing powers of herbs, this guide demonstrates the best methods to extract healing properties and includes an A-to-Z portfolio of more than 120 medicinal herbs."
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Hummingbird Gardens: Attracting Nature's Jewels to your Garden

By Nancy L. Newfield

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"...provides how-to information on feeders, plant combinations, and garden design. It showcases the continent's 20-plus hummingbird species. By breaking North America into six regions, the authors give tips that are tailored for gardeners in all parts of the United States and Canada."
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