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Ampersand Eat Well, Live Well

The Food Lover's Garden
Growing, Cooking, and Eating Well
By (author): Jenni Blackmore Illustrated by: Jenni Blackmore
Jenni Blackmore ,

Illustrated by :

Jenni Blackmore


New Society Publishers - Gabriola Island



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade, Adhesive bound
Paperback , Trade, Adhesive bound


General Trade
Mar 31, 2017
$24.99 CAD


9in x 7.5 x 0.45 in | 466 gr

Page Count:

224 pages


1 Plates, color
100% recycled content
FSC certified – mixed sources SW-COC-001271
New Society Publishers
Specialized gardening methods|Self-sufficiency and ‘green’ lifestyle|General cookery and recipes|Gardening: plants and cultivation guides

Grow it, cook it, eat it! From the vegetable patch to the dinner table

Put off by the origin-unknown, not-so-fresh, pesticide-laden herbs at the grocery store? Hungry for delicious high-quality vegetables and fragrant herbs, and looking to have some control over where your food comes from but you’re a novice gardener?

Foodie meets novice gardener in this deliciously accessible, easy-to-use guide to planting, growing, harvesting, cooking, and preserving 20+ popular, easy-to-grow vegetables and herbs. Taking the novice gardener from growing herbs and vegetables to cooking delicious, nutritious, and affordable meals using these herbs and vegetables, this book is a celebration of food in all its stages.

The Food Lover's Garden guides novice gardeners through:

  • Getting started with easy step-by-step growing instructions from balcony to backyard
  • Simple, tasty cooking recipes incorporating each vegetable and herb
  • Meal combinations of two or more of the featured herb and vegetable dishes
  • Selecting essential kitchen tools and gadgets to maximize the herb and vegetable harvesting
  • Canning and pickling recipes for preserving the rest.

Beautifully illustrated with author's water colour sketches and photographs from her herb and vegetable garden, this book is perfect for the foodie and novice gardener—from the humble potato, to pungent garlic, to the beauty of the beet, classic vegetables take a delicious turn with innovative cooking recipes. Truly food for all seasons and palates.

Foodies, novice gardeners, urban homesteaders, and supporters of sustainable living—take back your right to high-quality food with The Food Lover's Garden.

Jenni Blackmore is a writer, painter, micro-farmer, and certified Permaculture Design Consultant. Her most recent book Permaculture for the Rest of Us follows her journey from industrial Manchester to Quackadoodle Farm, a sustainable homestead in Nova Scotia.

  • Author is a microfarmer and certified Permaculture design consultant who is passionate and food and nutrition
  • Approachable and entertaining writing style
  • Simple instructions to help readers grow, harvest, and prepare highly nutritious meals using 20 garden vegetables
  • Focuses on common vegetables that are easy to grow
  • Author is also an artist and celebrates the role of colour and texture in cooking
  • Inspires the reader to access their inner culinary creativity
  • Highly pragmatic and simple steps
  • New Society Publishers is committed to the highest environmental practices in the industry including: printing all their books in North America, on 100% post-consumer recycled FSC-certified paper, using vegetable-based, low-VOC inks; and offsetting their emissions to make all of their business operations carbon neutral and is proudly B Corp certified. Their books are so Green you could eat them!

Jenni Blackmore is a farmer, artist and writer who built her house on a rocky, windswept island off the coast of Nova Scotia almost twenty-five years ago and has been stumbling along the road to self-sufficient living ever since.

"Remember the last time you stood in the cold cereal aisle at the grocery store and a little voice said, “There's a better way”? I know. You've never grown a garden. You're not that comfortable in the kitchen. What if one little book fixed all that? With The Food Lover's Garden in hand, there's just no excuse, no reason to deprive yourself again this summer. Soon, you'll be eating to your heart and health's content."
— MaryJane Butters, maryjanesfarm.com

"One does not expect a gardening book to make one's mouth water with anticipation. Jenni Blackmore's second helping, The Food Lover's Garden, does just that. The crisp photographs, lushly painted illustrations, and delicious text lead the reader from the garden to the kitchen and pantry with anticipation of culinary delight."
— Darrell E. Frey, author, The Bioshelter Market Garden

"As a chef who has, for a good portion of his career, had an ongoing love affair with food that is prepared close to home by people who care, The Food Lover's Garden resonates with me. It's earnest yet thoughtful musings on taste, smell, the challenges of growing food and society's changing respect for those ingredients gives me hope. I love the recipes … well-thumbed pages will be the best legacy that this book can leave."
— Michael Howell, Executive Chef, The Green Turtle Club, Abaco, Bahamas, and Executive Director, Devour The Food Film Fest, Wolfville, NS

"The Food Lover's Garden will be your “one stop shop” for everything from seed to plate. For anyone new to home gardening and looking for a nurturing, personal coach to expertly navigate you through the how-to's: meet author. Jenni Blackmore. This bookwill leave you feeling empowered and ready to launch your own journey to food self-sufficiency."
— Lisa Kivirist, author Soil Sisters and Homemade for Sale

"If you know a foodie who wants to get up close and personal with their food -- perhaps you? -- this is the perfect guide to their first garden. Jenni gives you the information you need to choose your list of plants based upon the meals you will eventually prepare with them. This is a beautiful and practical addition to every foodie's library."
— Deborah Niemann, author Homegrown and Handmade, Ecothrifty, and Raising Goats Naturally

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