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Great Gardening Books: Victory Garden Cookbook

March 5th, 2009

I don’t remember where I found out about this cookbook, but I requested it from the library a few weeks ago. I must admit it sat in the pile of books on my table for a week or two because it just didn’t seem that interesting. I thought it looked a bit outdated and it wasn’t like most other modern cookbooks that I’m drawn to; glossy and full of delicious photos.
The Victory Garden Cookbookis a combination gardening book and cookbook. It has directions with each vegetable about how to grow them and it even recommends a few specific kinds to grow. Following the gardening tips there are recipes for each vegetable covering a wide array of cooking techniques for each.
I must say the recipes weren’t all that exciting for me; I’m fairly well versed in the cooking of various vegetables and we’ve developed our own favorite ways to eat them.
I did however really enjoy reading through the gardening sections for each vegetable. I’d recommend checking this book out of the library and giving it a read. You may learn some new tricks for growing great vegetables and if you don’t have a ton of favorite vegetable recipes in your repertoire already you may just find a few from this book.

Any good vegetable cookbook recommendations? Or vegetable gardening books?

5 Comments to “Great Gardening Books: Victory Garden Cookbook”
  1. Annie's Granny on March 5, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I believe that is a companion book to my very favorite gardening bible, “Crockett’s Victory Garden”. It has been my one and only gardening book since it was published in 1972, and I refer to it constantly to this day. I don’t use the chemicals that were prescribed back then, but I have found everything else in the book to be spot-on, valuable information. Its pages are dog eared, its margins are filled with handwritten notations. It is well used and well loved.

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  2. Allie on March 5, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I picked up a bunch of garden books at a library sale a few weeks ago, but I haven’t had the chance to look through them. I’ll have to do a post on it.

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  3. Dan on March 6, 2009 at 12:52 am

    I will have to look for this book. I truly miss the original Victory Garden program. I am not old enough to have watched well Crockett was on but did well Roger Swain was on. I really can’t stand the show any more with the last two hosts they have had.

    Another great vegetable book is Heirloom Vegetable Gardening by William Woys Weaver, it is extremely informative about older vegetable varieties. I am currently reading it on an interlibrary loan as it is out of print and sells for a small fortune on ebay. I keep hoping for a second printing.

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  4. Mangochild on March 6, 2009 at 5:49 am

    Its funny that you posted this, since I *just* got the call (well, email) that the hold I put on it at the library is ready. I have been hearing so many good things about it, I can’t wait to dive in. Although I too have a pretty solid arsenal of veg prep methods (and have my definite fav dishes), it is interesting to see what was prepped by other people and in different times. Plus, when it is presented with the botanical/garden aspect too, it somehow seems much more interesting. (Maybe its the garden that really grabs me?)

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  5. The Victory Gardener’s Library « Vintage Life on March 29, 2009 at 11:03 am

    […] storing, this book is a treasure trove of knowledge.  In print since 1982, this book has remained popular through the years.  Used copies start around $17.00 via the Amazon […]

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