Great books for gardeners   1 comment

I just started reading what looks like a good book and I thought I’d share a couple of my favorites.  The book I’m reading now is “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver.  It’s about a family who decided to spend a year eating only locally grown food.  She makes a great case for doing this if you are concerned about global warming, and if you are just looking to eat as healthy as possible.  I’m only a couple chapters into it, but I am enjoying it.animal-book.jpg

Another great book for gardeners is “The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost his Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden” by William Alexander.  This book rings so true both about myself as a gardener and my father.  I was laughing out loud reading about his quest to erradicate the superchuck that was eating his garden, remembering my father doing the same thing when I was a girl.  And his wife, who really didn’t care about the garden, was canning and freezing all his harvests, just like my mother did for many years.  Now that he’s retired, my father does most of his own preserving.  If you are a fanatical gardener, you’ll love this book. tomato-book.jpg

Another book I read a couple years ago, which isn’t a gardening book, but does bring up some of the same points that Barbara Kingsolver does about chemicals in our food and overprocessing, is “Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You To Know About “ by Kevin Trudeau.  I first heard about his book on an infomercial, and so I was very skeptical.  But my local library had a copy, so I decided to check it out.  I think the author brings up a lot of things for us to think about, about large food and drug companies and the medical industry.  I read this book around Christmas time 3 years ago, and decided to make my New Year’s resolution to ban chemicals from my family’s food.  It’s the one resolution I’ve kept and 3 years later I still purchase only all natural food.  The opening of a new Whole Foods Market near me around the same time as I read the book made the job much easier.  My 2 teenage daughters really haven’t complained, they like eating healthy.  And with brands like Paul Newman’s, you really don’t have to change your diet all that much.  They still enjoy a Ring Ding at a friend’s house once in a while, but I feel much better about most of the food they eat.  natural-cures-book.jpg

You can order all of these books at www.amazon.com  (I had to give them credit because I used their photos)

So grab a book and read your way through the end of this long winter.

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Posted February 17, 2008 by cindyeo in books, garden, tomato

One response to “Great books for gardeners

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  1. Some interesting suggestions. I’ll have to add these on my “to-read” list. Thanks.

    Sean

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