Gardening and Cooking: Two Peas in a Pod!

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 by HylaryL

Sunset Edible Garden CookbookAvid gardeners and chefs alike are probably aware that there are a multitude of books that focus on each subject, so many, in fact, that sometimes it's difficult to wade through them. What if there was a book that combined gardening tips and recipes? What a time saver that would be!

Well look no further, the Santa Clara County Library District has just what you're looking for in Sunset magazine's recently published Edible Garden Cookbook: Fresh Healthy Cooking From the Garden (2012). Divided into chapters by fruit, vegetable or herb, this beautifully photographed book gives you information on growing, cooking, and (most importantly) enjoying all of the delicious produce that can be cultivated right at home! From harvesting tips, to preservation, to basic cooking methods, this book has it all.

Some of the highlights of the book include the chapter on artichokes, a vegetable that, as Santa Clara County residents, is far more available to us than it is in other parts of the state. Be sure you check out the recipe for "Roasted Baby Artichokes with Spring Salsa" or "Lemon-garlic Grilled Artichokes." The chapter on winter squash is also particular relevant at this time of year, with recipes for "Whole-wheat Lasagna with Butternut Squash and Kale" and "Butternut Squash Spice Cake." Folks who are still this year's harvest of corn can also enjoy recipes like "Honey-chipotle Grilled Corn" or "Santa Fe Corn Pudding."

Whether you're an expert gardener or a whiz in the kitchen, this book has something for you! Be sure to reserve your copy today from your local Santa Clara County Library District branch.

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