Grow What You Eat, Eat What You Grow: The Green Mans Guide to Living & Eating Sustainably All Year…

Paperback | September 12, 2014

byRandy Shore

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A book of recipes and gardening tips for living and eating sustainably and responsibly all year round.

Randy Shore's father and grandfather grew up on farms, yet he didn't even know how to grow a radish. Author of "The Green Man" column in the Vancouver Sun, he spent five years teaching himself how to grow food for his family, and then how to use the resulting bounty to create imaginative and nourishing meals the year round. In Grow What You Eat, Randy reveals the secrets to creating and maintaining a thriving vegetable garden, from how to make your own fertilizer to precise instructions on how best to grow specific produce; he also offers advice for those with balcony or container gardens and others who live in small urban spaces. He then shows how to showcase your bounty with delicious, nutrient-packed recipes (both vegetarian and not), including instructions on canning, pickling, and curing, proving how easy and fulfilling it is to be a self-reliant expert in your garden and your kitchen.

Grow What You Eat is primarily a cookbook, but it is also a gardening book, personal journal, and passionate treatise on the art of eating and living sustainably. In his quest for self-sufficiency, improved health, and a better environment, Randy Shore resurrects an old-school way of cooking that is natural, nutritious, and delicious.

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A book of recipes and gardening tips for living and eating sustainably and responsibly all year round. Randy Shore's father and grandfather grew up on farms, yet he didn't even know how to grow a radish. Author of "The Green Man" column in the Vancouver Sun, he spent five years teaching himself how to grow food for his family, and t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 8 × 0.63 inPublished:September 12, 2014Publisher:Arsenal Pulp PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1551525488

ISBN - 13:9781551525488

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yum Randy Shore is a great cook and a great writer. That winning combination makes this cookbook a wonderful addition to any cookbook library. If you buy it, and you should, don't overlook the green pea bruschetta. It might look humble, but is a killer appy that is a hit at every gathering.
Date published: 2015-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshing! I grew up on fresh veggies from my Mom's organic garden - Randy's book is a wonderful reminder and resource for finding my way back to the basics. The recipes are fabulous and offer all sorts of interesting tidbits throughout.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The right balance of simplicity and sophistication Full disclosure: I bought this book in part because I too work with Randy. But I didn't hesitate to buy it because as I've read his The Green Man contributions, I've come to appreciate his straightforward approach to food. The dishes he's picked are good, tasteful food. The recipes, however, are written with a simplicity that makes them more approachable and less intimidating to those of us who are not already expert in the kitchen. So far, I've only cooked a few things, but everything I've made I would make again without hesitation. (In fact I've made the roasted tomato basil soup a few times and it is a new hands-down favourite in my limited kitchen repertoire.)
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gardener and Chef at Your Side This book is strikiing for its engaging advice on both growing and cooking. The author is at your side, and his friendly, direct conversation makes it surprisingly easy to get going in either realm. The recipes are a pastiche of styles and cultures; chosen on the basis of requiring a sensible amount of effort, their suitability to Southeastern British Columbia (or any similar climate), and most importantly for their flavour and broad appeal. Full disclosure: Randy is my cousin!
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go to book I enjoy cooking and when I found out that a local author had his book in a cooking store in our community I felt the need to take a look. I titled my review "Go to book" as I have found a number of good recipes in it that have given me some interesting side dishes for company and some nice comfort food meals when I just want something a bit different. Another aspect of the book that is interesting is the emphasis on growing your own supplies. It is an unmet goal of mine to do this and the book has good information for doing so. The book also takes a seasonal approach, giving many different options for year round cooking.
Date published: 2015-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A second helping please This is one of the best and easiest to follow recipe books that I have come across in a long time. We've made almost every meal with zero fails or misses, and all have been a tasty delight. I would like to see this first book turned into a series of cookbooks based on each season with expanded collections of recipes.
Date published: 2015-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good enough to eat! I purchased this book for my daughter-in-law, because she is trying hard to become a home gardener. The author is a local man who has a down to earth approach which will be of great help and the methods and hints will work well for her because they have been tested in our local climate. I really like the book and have read all the recipes, some of which I will copy before i give it to her!
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yum! The author has a masterful way of guiding the reader through somewhat complex and beautiful dishes while making the process as simple as a typical Tuesday night dinner. These range from classics like mac and cheese and meatloaf to the more exotic, like kangaroo meatballs, osso buco and Moroccan lamb. It's great as a cookbook alone, but add to that the whole "grow what you eat" element -- which, incidentally, has proven useful even for someone such as myself, with only enough space for a few small planter boxes -- and you add a whole new level of appreciation for what you eat.
Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yum. The author has a masterful way of guiding the reader through somewhat complex and beautiful dishes while making the process as simple as a typical Tuesday night dinner. These range from classics like mac
Date published: 2014-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fulfilling (and FILLING) reading! Disclosure: Randy is a friend and colleague. Full disclosure: I love cooking and food. Fuller disclosure: This is a great cookbook and I'm already addicted to it. Randy is a great source for food knowledge and for just about anything garden related. Not only does his book have GREAT recipes, I'm going to use his planting calendar to help me get the most out of our new garden. I'm also going to use his method of making a heat map of our future garden for optimal plant performance. Soil advice, planting tips, you name it, this book has it. Okay, back to the recipes. I've only had Randy's book for a week, yet I'm already using it to plan meals and to help me develop a more, fulfilling, healthier diet. Grow what you eat, eat what you grow is going to be my on my joyful reading list for some time to come.
Date published: 2014-10-01

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Editorial Reviews

This is not your average cookbook. It's an ode to the seasons, a manifesto on sustainability, a guide to edible gardening, and a story about one man's effort to get better connected to his food. It's a go-to guide for aspiring gardeners, local food enthusiasts, and just a nice read on a Saturday afternoon -- hammock anyone? —The Big Carrot - The Big Carrot - 20150609