A perfect leek from France. Flavorful zucchini from Italy. An infamous potato from Ireland, and a humble lentil from Ethiopia. 100 Vegetables offers a veritable cornucopia of vegetables and stories from around the world--from Argentina to Zimbabwe, from Australia to the United States. William Woys Weaver--veggie connoisseur, gardener, and historian--guides us through a ranA perfect leek from France. Flavorful zucchini from Italy. An infamous potato from Ireland, and a humble lentil from Ethiopia. 100 Vegetables offers a veritable cornucopia of vegetables and stories from around the world--from Argentina to Zimbabwe, from Australia to the United States. William Woys Weaver--veggie connoisseur, gardener, and historian--guides us through a range of peppers, potatoes, peas, gourds, onions, tomatoes, greens, and a whole lot more. Not every carrot is the same. All beans aren't equal. Take the Petaluma Gold Rush bean, a rugged legume, grown for over 150 years and brought to California by an American whaler from Peru. Or the violet carrot, which the Greeks brought back from India following the conquests of Alexander the Great.Mixing history, culinary suggestions, practical information, and personal anecdotes, Weaver introduces us to unusual heirloom vegetables as well as to common favorites. He provides answers to general questions, such as the difference between a yam and a sweet potato, and presents lively portraits of one hundred vegetable varieties, which he's grown and harvested in his own kitchen garden.Organized alphabetically by common name, 100 Vegetables includes beautifully detailed drawings throughout and a helpful appendix of seed resources....
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100 Vegetables and Where They Came From Reviews
The title pretty much says it all; the book tells us about 100 vegetables, what they taste like, where they are from, and how they are prepared. What the title doesn’t tell us is that these vegetables are special; they are some of the tastiest plants on the planet. Consider golden corn salad from Italy, whose large leaves make a salad beautiful; or the Petaluma Gold Rush bean, which when used dried keeps a marvelous meaty taste and texture. The Re Umberto tomato is a paste tomato that is incredibly productive and has an unmatched flavor. Some plants are included mainly because they are different and pretty, but most are included because of flavor. Being both gardener and foodie, I found myself looking up seed sources and bookmarking them numerous times while reading. The prose is chatty and an easy, fast read. Nice line drawings illustrate the veggies. My only problem with the book is that an awful lot of these wonderful plants won’t grow in my short season area!
I love this book, and frequently pull it off the shelf as a bedtime read. Even when I am so tired, I think I am never going to grow anything ever again...this book inspires me. William Woys Weaver knows food, but specifically celebrates the lineage of heirloom vegetables here in this book. From history, to growing them, to their culinary range, this book will connect you with a much larger food movement that dates back thousands of years. Each chapter will set you up to be a star at dinner table conversation. A small hardcover edition makes a nice gift slipped into the back of a garden basket for a friend.
I wanted a book about the general origins of different vegetables, not particular gourmet cultivars. My to read list is just too long to spend on stuff I'm not interested in, so I'm not going to finish this book (This is a huge step for me because I have always been a "book finisher.")If however, you are interested in the roots (pardon the pun) of particular varieties of veggies and their gourmet uses, wine pairings, etc., you will probably enjoy this book!
A lot of vegetable varieties instead of a general overview of vegetables. Most often the where they came from was a little snippet and more time was devoted to how to cook it and how the author acquired the seed. A more appropriate title would have been 100 Vegetables and How I Got the Seeds. The best part of the book is the end with the see resources. This book is best suited for the seasoned gardner who wants to add some exciting variety to their garden. The book did get me excited about gardening again and if I do take it back up I'll use the resources in the back of the book to acquire unique heirloom seeds and rare varieties. Then I might remember to water them...
When I ordered this, I thought it would be more of a how-to gardening book. I was just going to skim through it and pass it on, but the stories caught me. Mr Weaver provides plenty of interesting background for each of his 100 selections. The drawings for each variety were charming, but I did find myself wishing at least some were in color. So many varieties sounded lovely as well as tasty.
Very interesting, funny, its great to learn the history and random facts about vegetables. Did you know beets will give your urine a pinkish hue?
Interesting history but not a useful book for my geographic area.
Enjoy learning about 100 intriguing vegetables from around the world, some of which are regulars on the dinner table.
Wow. So many types of veggies I'd never heard of before. This book will come in very handy when I am buying seeds next spring.