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The Complete Book of Garlic: A Guide for Gardeners, Growers, and Serious Cooks


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An essential element in cuisines around the world, garlic enjoys near mythic status among cooks, chefs, foodies, and enthusiasts of natural remedies. Worldwide, garlic cultivation occupies over 2 million acres of farmland, an area that has more than doubled since 1970. Yet even garlic fanciers may be unable to tell hardneck from softneck, or Purple Stripe from Rocambole, not to mention the hundreds of cultivated varieties grown today, many with distinct differences in taste and character.

In fact, the wealth of garlic varieties in nearly a dozen horticultural groups rivals that of corn, carrots, apples, and peaches. This book is the most comprehensive and in-depth guide available to what surely should be the next gourmet frontier. From 'Ajo Rojo' to 'Zemo', Meredith presents illustrated profiles of nearly 150 cultivars. Detailed chapters cover natural history, the history of garlic in cultivation, the nuances of cuisine and culture, therapeutic benefits, plant structure, how to cultivate, curing and storage, taxonomy, pests and diseases, and chemistry.

Especially useful are the Quick Guides, which summarize information on growing and buying garlic and provide recommendations for the best-tasting cultivars for specific uses and climates. Lists of garlic sources and organizations are a boon to the aficionado. Whether you share Ted Jordan Meredith's "garlic affliction" or just find the pungent bulb indispensable, you'll understand it as never before with this meticulously researched, lovingly written exploration.

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Meredith explores the plant, the food, and the medicine from a number of angles, among them economics and culture, cuisine, therapeutic benefits, structure and function, cultivation, taxonomy, disease and pests, and composition and chemistry. He also describes the four major groups and surveys the hundreds of cultivars and offers advice on growing and buying, choosing cultivars, and testing flavor. Stupendous color photographs bejewel the text. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Ted Meredith first discovered bamboo while looking for a rapidly growing evergreen screen to block out the new housing construction next to his home. Once he learned more about this amazing plant, he became, in his own words, "passionately captivated by it." Author of several books on viticulture, enology, and wine appreciation, Ted decided to apply his writing and photography skills to his new passion, bamboo. His goal was to help gardeners appreciate the advantages of bamboo.

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Meredith, Ted Jordan
Timber Press (OR)
Meredith, Ted
Gardening-General Herbs and Spices
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