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Heirloom Vegetables
Heirloom Vegetables

Heirloom Vegetables

A Guide to their History and Varieties


352 Pages, 7.5 x 9.5

Cloth, $39.95 (US $39.95) (CA $47.95)

Publication Date: October 2015

ISBN 9781921383069

Rights: US & CA

Penguin Books Australia (Oct 2015)
Lantern AU

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A lively introduction and guide to the weird and wonderful world of heirloom vegetables, with tips on how to grow them—and how doing so will help save the planetHow often do you hear someone complain that tomatoes don't taste like they used to? It's becoming a common concern, as food production is increasingly controlled by multinational corporations more interested in profit than flavor. People who care about their food are growing their own vegetables in droves—and especially heirlooms for their wonderfully diverse flavors, shapes, and colors. Not to mention their rich history and weird and wonderful names—who could resist a lettuce called "Drunken Woman Frizzy Headed", not be intrigued by the potato that "Makes the Daughter-in-Law Cry", or fail to be moved by the "Cherokee Trail of Tears" bean? In this lively, passionate, and at times political introduction to the world of heirloom vegetables, gardener Simon Rickard describes the history of many of his favorite varieties, encourages you to get growing yourself, and explains why he believes edible gardening is so important to our future, and the future of the planet.


"Simon Rickard's beautiful book offers an animating look at the quirky and fascinating world of heirloom vegetables." --Publishers Weekly Online, 3/4/2016

Author Biography

Simon Rickard has been head gardener at several historical gardens in Australia. He is now a writer and leads tours to beautiful gardens around the world.