Holiday tasks for a stay-at-home
gardener need not mean continually slaving outdoors. Why not read a good gardening
book? Or organise your bookshelf – a job that is always productive, as tidying
your books or cataloguing them acts as a good reminder of what you have and why
you bought them in the first place! Renew your acquaintance with your library.
Or add to it: a fascinating new
book hot off the press earlier this year was ‘Veg Street’ by energetic gardener
and author, Naomi Schillinger. Published by Short Books and subtitled ‘Grow
Your Own Community’, Naomi outlines how she got together with her urban
neighbours to start a community gardening scheme. Today, the scheme has more
than 100 residents who have turned their front gardens over to growing fruit
and veg, and edible flowers. There’s lots of help on how and what to grow; so
many ideas that this remarkable book is likely to become a street
bible. Cities and Suburbia will never be the same! Buy it online by clicking on this link.
A Voice from the Past: Elizabeth David
was a celebrated cook and writer, living in France, Italy, Greece, Egypt and
India, learning the local dishes and cooking them in her own kitchens. At a
time when British cooking was lacking in the cosmopolitan aspects we have come
to know today, her books (the first published in 1950) brought a breath of
possibility into the lives of so many cooks. To coincide with the centenary of
Elizabeth David’s birth, Quadrille have brought together a collection of over
100 of her irresistible vegetable recipes in ‘Elizabeth David on Vegetables’,
accompanied by sumptuous colour photography. Published in May 2013, you can buy it online by clicking on this link.
I will be adding to this 'bookshelf' over the next few days, so do please re-visit this post. Indeed, to make it easier for you do follow my infrequent postings, I have added a link top right whereby you can be notified by email whenever I create new content.
I am a journalist and writer passionate about many things: landscape and the environment; folklore, history and places; books and poetry; creating mixed-media journals in fabric and paper. I am equally addicted to sourcing good food and growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers - weaving together all these topics into a cohesive whole.
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