By Jimmy Williams and Susan Heeger
Michael Pollan says, "From Seed to Skillet contains everything the kitchen gardener needs to make the transit from vague dream to bountiful harvest and delicious meal."
Jimmy Willliams pays homage to his family history in this inspiring step-by-step guide to designing and planting a backyard vegetable garden and growing one's own food.
He learned all about vegetable gardening at the knee of his grandmother, a South Carolina native from a traditional Gullah community whose members were descendents of Caribbean slaves.
With this essential garden manual, home gardeners can learn how easy it is to:
* plan a garden
* design and construct growing beds
* tend the crop without using harmful chemicals
* harvest gorgeous vegetables
* cook a delicious feast using Jimmy's favorite family recipes
Urban farmer and landscape designer Jimmy Williams oversees his growing grounds, plants edible gardens for clients, and dispenses cultivation and cooking tips, plus vegetable, herb, and fruit seedlings, at three Los Angeles farmers' markets.
Susan Heeger, a California native and graduate of Harvard University, is a long-time magazine and newspaper feature writer with a specialty in garden and food stories. A contributing editor for Martha Stewart Living, where she served as staff writer for several years, she also co-wrote The Gardens of California. With the support of their son, she and her husband grow their own vegetables year-round in Los Angeles.
Novice and experienced gardeners and cooks will find unusual recipes for the garden (Jimmy's HayGround fertilizer blend) and the table too -- as tomatoes, corn and okra ripen, try pairing Indian Summer Succotash with a main dish of the Gullah-inspired beans-and-rice dish, Hoppin' John, or Vegetable-Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes. And don't forget the Sweet Potato Biscuits!
Chronicle Books 2010. Softcover. 176 pages. 9 x .7 x 11 inches.
Photos by Eric Staudenmaier