I’m embarrassed to say that I picked up my copy of Elisabeth Tova Bailey’s memoir at last years Book Expo, and waited until now to read it. It seems to have become something of a sleeper hit. First, I heard Michael Kindness review it on the podcast Books On the Nightstand. Then there was a write-up in the NYRB. And then I saw it featured … Continue reading The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating: A True Story by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Garden books and winter go together. After the garden has been covered over, – first by autumn leaves, then frost, and finally a dusting of snow – what’s left for a gardener to do until March but read? Of course, by now someone has told you that you HAVE to pick up a copy of The Omnivore’s Dilemma (if you haven’t already). But before The … Continue reading Oh yeah, that other book Michael Pollan wrote…
Yeah, yeah… it’s cold and windy and snowy out here on the East Coast. Probably not everyone’s idea of perfect gardening weather, but stay with me on this for a minute. Seed catalogs have started arriving in the mail. I went out and bought some graph paper to figure out what’s going where. No weeding needs to be done yet. Sure no planting either, but … Continue reading It’s Monday… & January is Gardening Month!
Every year since owning my own home I’ve grown vegetables in the backyard. My garden is not for the faint of heart. The plants start from seeds in the sun room and by mid-July I have a small ecosystem to rival a Brazilian rainforest in the yard. Carrots, bush beans, thyme, mint, rosemary, peppers, lavender, broccoli, eggplant… all manage to cohabit amiably until the tomatoes … Continue reading Heirloom: Notes From an Accidental Tomato Farmer by Tim Stark