I was so excited to receive my copy of From One Small Garden – Over 300 Delicious Nutritious Recipes in the mail – for several reasons. First, I know the authors. They are our neighbors and friends. So of course, I was really looking forward to holding their book in my hands and showing my support for their work. They do a lot for the community here, from giving gift certificates to fundraisers to producing from their gardens, cleaning litter from the streets and so much more, including performing (Dave is a musician) for charity events. As a neighbor, I also enjoy seeing their beautiful gardens; I’ve seen them transform their property into this heavenly garden landscape, and the smells regularly wafting out of their kitchen are super enticing!
That aside, I took a very unbiased look at the book. The first thing that struck me was the beautiful cover design! But then I saw how big this book was – 275 pages. I love the large font size – no more squinting around the kitchen trying to find my place in the recipe!
Then I started flipping through the chapters and saw titles like Thai Lettuce Rolls, Tomatillo Salsa, Peanut Sauce, Brocco-shroom Salad, Sweet Wheat Germ Bread, Homestead Mushroom Soup and Falafal Galettes. I can’t wait to try them all!
The really interesting part is at the end of the book. There’s this chapter with quite a few useful recipes for the home, like: natural hair spray, pest-repellent sprays, household cleaners and air fresheners, herbal tea concoctions for headaches, digestive problems, hormones or diseases… and there are even tips for dogs; skunk remedy and dog treats. I will no longer have an endless pile of recycling and waste to manage because I make them at home! Reduce plastic bottles, plastic wrap, cardboard boxes, etc. Reducing my exposure to chemicals…I love it!
I also like the way the index is created – it’s designed so that when you’ve taken advantage of the peak harvest season at the farmers market and got an amazing price, what are you going to do with all of this ? It’s easy. Simply search for the vegetable or fruit you have on hand and start browsing for tantalizing recipe titles that will include that particular fruit or vegetable.
I haven’t had a lot of time to really get to know this book in great detail, but I’m excited and so glad I bought a copy. I can only recommend the new Brummets book. I encourage you to buy it. The final chapter alone will quickly save you more money than you spend on the book.
From One Small Garden: Over 300 delicious, nutritious recipes are available on AMAZON USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08T7YRHPN- OR AMAZON CANADA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08T7YRHPN