Recipes from the Garden

By Charlie Nardozzi

Rosalind Creasy is considered a leader in the edible landscaping movement. Her famous book, The Complete Guide to Edible Landscaping (Sierra Club Books, 1982), is a bible for many home gardeners. Yet Creasy is more than a revolutionary gardener, she also loves to cook up her garden bounty. Her new book, Recipes from the Garden (Tuttle, 2008; $25), features 200 of her recipes using common and unusual plants that she has grown and cooked with for years. The recipes are simple and elegant and feature the finest qualities of each fruit, vegetable, and herb. Plus, mouth-watering photos accompany many of the recipes.

Creasy puts an unusual spin on traditional recipes, such as Caesar salad and lasagna, while introducing unique dishes, such as lavender-tinted vichyssoise and golden tomato tart. The book is organized by types of dishes and has a section on international flavors from Asia, Italy, and Mexico. And there are recipes using edible flowers and fruits in drinks and desserts.

For more information on Recipes from the Garden, go to: Tuttle Publishing .

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