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Book Review: Gardening by Cuisine

Gardening by Cuisine
by Patti Moreno

Gardening by Cuisine

256 pages
Sterling, 2013
List price: $18.95

With the second season upon us, we get another chance to grow what we like to eat and "The Garden Girl" Patti Moreno gives us a good guide, showing us how. There are a number of great books out there that provide basics for edible gardening, but sometimes a fresh voice adds harmony to the choir.

Gardening by Cuisine's format is straightforward with no frou-frou. There isn't a single photograph in the book. But helpful illustrations and Patti's conversational style make for easy reading. The layout is practical and she covers just about all that a beginning gardener needs to know to get growing.

Veteran gardeners will learn a thing or two as well and enjoy the recipes that are included with the themed garden plans. There are ten specialized gardens in all, including the Mama Mia Best-Ever Marinara Sauce Garden, the Latin-Caribbean Sofrito Garden, and the Vegan Raw Garden.

Patti has produced videos that expand on each chapter, which are an added value for beginning and seasoned gardeners alike. I like this book for its ease of use and no-nonsense approach. Patti didn't grow up gardening - she's a true city girl - and she shows that anyone who has some garden space can fill it with food for the table.

Patti Moreno is co-creator and host of, one of the top urban gardening websites in the US. She also produces and hosts the web series, Edible Gardening ( She lives and gardens in Roxbury, MA.

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