The Complete Book of Garlic (Paperback) by Meredith, Ted Jordan
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Paperback; Published 7/28/2008; 406 Pages; ISBN 9780881928839
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An essential element in cuisines around the world, garlic enjoys near mythic status among cooks, chefs, foodies, and enthusiasts of natural remedies. Worldwide, garlic cultivation occupies over 2 million acres of farmland, an area that has more than doubled since 1970. Yet even garlic fanciers may be unable to tell hardneck from softneck, or Purple Stripe from Rocambole, not to mention the hundreds of cultivated varieties grown today, many with distinct differences in taste and character. In fact, the wealth of garlic varieties in nearly a dozen horticultural groups rivals that of corn, carrots, apples, and peaches. This book is the most comprehensive and in-depth guide available to what surely should be the next gourmet frontier. From 'Ajo Rojo' to 'Zemo', Meredith presents illustrated profiles of nearly 150 cultivars. Detailed chapters cover natural history, the history of garlic in cultivation, the nuances of cuisine and culture, therapeutic benefits, plant structure, how to cultivate, curing and storage, taxonomy, pests and diseases, and chemistry. Especially useful are the Quick Guides, which summarize information on growing and buying garlic and provide recommendations for the best-tasting cultivars for specific uses and climates. Lists of garlic sources and organizations are a boon to the aficionado. Whether you share Ted Jordan Meredith's "garlic affliction" or just find the pungent bulb indispensable, you'll understand it as never before with this meticulously researched, lovingly written exploration.
The Best Book on Garlic!
I have been growing my own garlic for about four years and discovered this book after my second harvest. This book is extremely informative and a great reference book for both beginners and experts. I have learned a lot from it and refer back to it often--even just to determine which garlic I want to purchase for growing the next planting season. The orgainization is perfect and the pictures are beautiful. I just bought two of these books as Christmas present this past December and both of my friends really seemed to love them.0 of 0 users found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? Yes | No Report Violation »