A Midwest Gardener’s Cookbook


Marian K. Towne | Indiana University Press | 1996 | Paperback

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“… speaks eloquently to anyone who resolves to live close to the earth, and to eat well and frugally.” — Indianapolis Monthly”Marian Towne has done a superb — and witty — job!” — The Weedpatch GazetteThis marvelous cookbook, the product of 50 years of cookery according to seasonal principles, contains hundreds of recipes for more than 90 different fruits, vegetables, and herbs (including such wild crops as mulberries, pawpaws, and violets), locally grown and used at their peak of flavor and freshness. Take it with you as you stroll through the local farmer’s market, or consult it after bringing in the harvest from your own garden. Publishers Weekly Divided into four parts corresponding to seasonal harvest times, Towne’s book reminds readers that knowledge of seasonal cooking was not invented in California. Towne (Bread of Life) offers recipes for 94 fruits, vegetables and herbs. Sprinkled throughout are prefaces about each fruit or vegetable. Towne’s hints for gardening, shopping and storing often make good horticultural sense and display a homey ingenuity: nasturtiums should be planted near tomatoes; vidalias can be stored in pantyhose in the basement. Among the best recipes are Fresh Apple Fritters and Grape Sauce for Fowl. Cream, sour cream, cheddar and, occasionally, Velveeta (one wonders what the natural season for that is) are used liberally. Although the book is well-organized and offers interesting gardening facts (including a section on starting seedlings), recipes like the prosaic Rhubarb-Strawberry Molded Salad and Curried Creamed Radishes are unlikely to inspire readers to reorganize their gardens. (Apr.)