The book, A Curious History of Vegetables by Wolf D. Storl is your guide into growing, learning and creating recipes with veggies! It’s an excellent read if you love to garden, want to learn about the plants you eat and even some older, less known type. The book is well organized from some interesting facts and benefits of vegetables, the types of plants, and recipes plus much more wonderful info can be found inside!
I just love that it covers information on how to use plants as natural healing sources. That is another reason I love growing my own garden and this book has some information to explain what they can help do to the body and other things.
I also noticed that if you are interested in Ayurvedic nutrition, this book explains a little about that as well. Plus, some extra info on the history and many uses for those points in time.
Honestly, I think this is better than the typical how to grow plants or veggies. Instead, you learn some history, understand the most known vegetables that we would grow and how they work to heal and much more! It’s like a book that covers more than grown. Finally, I found this to be a great read! It leaves me interested in all the wonderful facts and information that is covered, but also helps me grow a garden at the same time!
Featuring gardening tips, recipes, and beautiful full-color pencil drawings of each vegetable, „A Curious History of Vegetables: Aphrodisiacal and Healing Properties, Folk Tales, Garden Tips, and Recipes“ by Wolf D. Storl (an ethnobotanist and the author of some two dozen books on herbalism, alternative medicine, ethnobotany, and shamanism) is specifically intended for farm-to-fork aficionados and gardeners with an esoteric bent explores the secret history of 48 well known and rare vegetables, examining their symbolism, astrological connections, healing properties, and overall character.
A fascinating introduction to vegetable gardening and cooking, „A Curious History of Vegetables“ sets horticulture in its historical, cultural, and cosmological contexts. „A Curious History of Vegetables“ provides the reader with a deep understanding of the theory of biodynamic gardening, as well as a wealth of useful tips on light and warmth, ground covers, composts, crop rotation and weeds. Woven in with folk tales and stories from history, each entry also includes delicious historical recipes for each showcased vegetable.
Critique: An inherently fascinating compendium that is an informed and informative as it is consistently compelling read from beginning to end, „A Curious History of Vegetables“ begins with an informative Introduction that includes: From Wild Gardens to Plant Zoos; Shamanistic Food; The Healing Power of Vegetables; A Note on Astrological Classification. This is followed by an alphabetized section on Common Vegetables; then a section devoted Forgotten, Rare, and less-Known Vegetables; and concludes with Forgotten, Rare, and hardly Known Lettuce Greens. Of special note is the ten page article on ‚Cosmic Cooking the Planetary Cuisine of Arthur Hermes‘. Enhanced with the inclusion of eight pages of Notes, as well as an eight page Index.