I wrote Grow Cook Eat because I wanted to help people really experience all the delicious food in their garden. The book is a full circle gardening handbook that is designed to take you from sinking a seed into the soil to sitting down to a healthy, delicious meal prepared with vegetables harvested from your kitchen garden. And there is more to eat from your garden than you might think! Growing your own food gives you the opportunity to pick and eat tender pea shoots, scatter spicy arugula blossoms over salads, and slice open tomatoes while they are still warm from the afternoon sun.
Homegrown food just tastes better, and planting a kitchen garden gives you the opportunity to eat foods that are virtually impossible to find at an average supermarket. Many of the crops grown outside your back (or front) door can be enjoyed at more than one stage of growth. And you can often eat their fruit, roots, leaves, flower buds, and seedpods too.
With 50 guides to the best vegetables, herbs, and fruits, Grow Cook Eat gives you the simple tools needed to eat seasonally from the garden, including planting and growing information, specific advice for harvesting and storing all the edible parts of the plant, and luscious, easy-to-prepare recipes and cooking ideas.
The beautiful photographs featured throughout the book are the work of Jim Henkens. Jim is a Seattle-based photographer who is passionate about travel, cooking, and gardening. Included among his clients are Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Starbucks, and Sunset magazine. When not traveling on assignment, he can be found on Lummi Island turning a historic 1910 house into a food photography studio.
- Gardening Fundamentals
- The Squash Family
- The Cabbage Family
- Roots, Tubers & Bulbs
- Warm Season Vegetables
- Butternut Squash Tacos with
Spicy Black Beans
- Radish Green Tartines
- Pea Shoot Salad with Shaved Parmesan and Lemon Vinaigrette
- Raspberry-Infused-Vodka Spritzers
- Strawberry-Basil Ice Cream
- Take a peek inside Grow Cook Eat with this recipe and growing guide sampler.