Veggie garden remix 224 new plants to shake up your garden and add variety, flavor, and fun

Niki Jabbour

Book - 2018

"Best-selling author Niki Jabbour invites you to shake up your vegetable garden with an intriguing array of 224 plants from around the world. With her lively "Like this? Then try this!" approach, Jabbour encourages you to start with what you know and expand your repertoire to try related plants, many of which are delicacies in other cultures. Jabbour presents detailed growing information for each plant, along with fun facts and plant history. Be prepared to have your mind expanded... and catch Jabbour's contagious enthusiasm for experimentation and fun in the garden."

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Subjects
Published
North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing [2018]
Language
English
Physical Description
231 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes index.
ISBN
9781612126708
1612126707
Main Author
Niki Jabbour (author)
  • Introduction
  • Like tomatoes?
  • Like cucumbers?
  • Like summer squash?
  • Like snap beans?
  • Like arugula?
  • Like lettuce
  • Like asparagus?
  • Like spinach?
  • Like cabbage?
  • Like broccoli?
  • Like potatoes?
  • Like spring radishes?
  • Like bulb onions?
  • Like parsnips?
  • Nine global herbs you need to know.
Review by Booklist Reviews

This is a wonderful surprise of a book from the author of Groundbreaking Food Gardens (2014). Jabbour shakes up gardeners' assumptions on how our "conventional" vegetables should look or taste—from tomatoes to potatoes, onions to summer squash. So she switches out a zucchini squash for, say, the long, striped snake gourd ("spectacular when pickled or chopped into chutney or curry"). Instead of snap beans, there are chickpeas ("consumed fresh like petit pois, shelled and eaten immediately"). And for romaine lettuce, there is minutina, Tokyo bekana, and mâche ("a perfect bite"). Jabbour gives excellent support, from clear color photos showing size, color, and texture to customized growing tips for each vegetable featured. Hardiness zones are not listed, but, since the author grows nearly all of these veggies in Nova Scotia's short growing season, most zones in the U.S. should work fine, too. Nor is a source list for seeds appended, but most gardeners are internet-savvy enough now to source their own seeds. An otherwise excellent addition to any gardening collection. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Author (The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener) and blogger Jabbour is also a Halifax, Nova Scotia-based radio host of Weekend Gardener. Her lively on-air voice carries over into her writing. She's clearly hip to food gardening trends: a big one, of course, is our increased vegetable consumption and inclination to grow our own; another is the quest for different flavors and high nutritional value; yet another, our low-waste, "top-to-tail" eating habits. Jabbour champions vegetables with global origins: e.g., Central and South America, Asia, Europe, and the Mediterranean; cultivars and varieties of common plants are also explored. She forages, too, for hosta shoots and day lily parts. Readers will relish the usual Storey design flair—numerous inset boxes provide growing and food preparation tips and preferred varieties; many full-page color photographs emphasize the plants' characteristics (root veggies that look like they've just been pulled) and seem also to indulge the author's penchant for fun (chalk squiggles frame featured choices). Seed sources are occasionally cited in the text, but a full tabular appendix with this information would have been more helpful. VERDICT This is a winner. It may be the perfect tonic for winter-weary gardeners.—Robert Eagan, Windsor P.L., Ont. Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Gardener Jabbour (The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener) enthusiastically encourages readers to explore international vegetable and herb varieties as she tours her own "global" garden that contains crops from India, Italy, Lebanon, and Mexico, among other places. She organizes her book into a "if you like this, try... " structure, so cabbage lovers, for instance, are encouraged to try komatsuna, an Asian green that tastes similar to cabbage with mustard overtones, and people who are fond of cucumbers are introduced to cucamelons, which have the crisp and crunchy taste as cucumbers plus a citrus twist. For each new variety, the book includes directions for growing and eating and, importantly, a paragraph selling readers on the variety. "Have I got the broccoli for you!" Jabbour jokes while introducing Piracicaba broccoli. Loaded with lush photos throughout, this attractive book will appeal to gardeners and gourmands alike. Color photos. (Feb.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The award-winning author encourages readers to mix things up in their vegetable gardens with a fascinating array of more than 200 plants from around the world, providing detailed growing information for each plant, along with interesting facts and plant history. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Presents planting and growing advice for 224 varieties of unusual vegetable and herbs from around the world, including the Cape gooseberry, Middle Eastern molokhia, Asian celtuce, Japanese winter squash, and Thai basil.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Avid vegetable gardeners will love the challenge to shake up their routine with 224 intriguing plants. Many are favorites from cultures around the globe. All offer exciting flavors and textures and novel colors and shapes.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

2019 American Horticultural Society Book Award Winner 2019 GardenComm Media Awards Gold Medal Winner Best-selling author Niki Jabbour invites you to shake up your vegetable garden with an intriguing array of 224 plants from around the world. With her lively “Like this? Then try this!” approach, Jabbour encourages you to start with what you know and expand your repertoire to try related plants, many of which are delicacies in other cultures. Jabbour presents detailed growing information for each plant, along with fun facts and plant history. Be prepared to have your mind expanded and catch Jabbour’s contagious enthusiasm for experimentation and fun in the garden.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

2019 American Horticultural Society Book Award Winner 2019 GardenComm Media Awards Gold Medal Winner Best-selling author Niki Jabbour invites you to shake up your vegetable garden with an intriguing array of 224 plants from around the world. With her lively 'Like this? Then try this!' approach, Jabbour encourages you to start with what you know and expand your repertoire to try related plants, many of which are delicacies in other cultures. Jabbour presents detailed growing information for each plant, along with fun facts and plant history. Be prepared to have your mind expanded and catch Jabbour's contagious enthusiasm for experimentation and fun in the garden.