A natural choice for the millions of people turning to a healthier lifestyle, this book invites readers on a sumptuously illustrated walk through the world garden to discover the story of some 250 food plants from field to table.
Explore the origins, history, and contemporary cultural and culinary uses of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, beverage plants, herbs, and spices.
A "Food Directory" cameos individual plants, with botanical description, culinary role, and healing powers. Tantalizing anecdotes dip into such diverse topics as the Japanese Cherry Festival; cacao, Mayan "food of the gods;" and the 17th-century Nutmeg Wars, which determined New York's future.
320 pages, 500 color photographs and illustrations
I absolutely love this book! The brilliant photos (check out the 'Fruits' opening page 60-61) makes my mouth water!), the variety and up-to-date as well as unique foods depicted and described, not often found elsewhere. As a nutritionist and gluten-free, live-raw food product creator, this book has come in so handy at my farmers' markets to show people the foods I am using. I have used it numerous times as a resource when asked about where certain foods come from or how best to prepare them. I love the historical orgins info and botanical facts, they help add intrigue and connection with our foods.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend