A Completely Biased Book Review

Growing Food: A Guide For Beginners

by Jean Ann Van Krevelen

Let’s start with full disclosure: I’m actually in this book a little, so I am slightly biased. But this is a damn great book. Its like Jean Ann is your BFF and she’s talking you through everything calmly and with funniness. I especially like her “Ten Steps To Becoming a (insert vegetable here) Lover” which will encourage you to really tailor what you grow to YOU which is the name of the game and where many people go wrong when it comes to vegetable gardening.


Also fantastic? The recipes! There isn’t anything I wouldn’t eat, even in the beet section. And I don’t even like beets.


Unusual and cool? This book is packed with amazing web resources, which I’ve never seen before in a book. Websites, videos, blogs—it’s really meaty info and alone is probably worth the price of the book. Unless the book costs $300. I honestly didn’t look into the price, just the content, baby.


Am I pouring it on too thick? Is now the time to mention that Jean Ann and I are venturing into the world of podcasting together? Does that completely detract from all the truths in this post? OK, I’ll shut up. But check out the book; it debuts today.


I’ll be in the forum. And remember that time is ticking on the Gardeny Hands Contest. These are great prizes! I shouldn’t have to remind you.

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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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