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About Ellen Ecker Ogden
Ellen Ecker Ogden is a food and garden writer, who co-founded The Cook's Garden seed catalog in 1984, introducing home gardeners to exceptional European and American heirloom lettuces and salad greens. The catalog grew to include a range of European specialties for gardeners who love to cook. Ellen developed seasonal recipes for the catalog, which appeared in her first cookbook, From the Cook's Garden. She has written five books on cooking and garden, and continues to teach and lecture on food and kitchen garden design.
Her newest book The Complete Kitchen Garden was published in Spring 2011, (Stewart, Tabori and Chang) featuring her own kitchen garden designs to inspire gardeners to elevate their vegetable gardens into a work of art. Ellen contributes to numerous national magazines, and has been a guest on PBS- Victory Garden and HGTV's Garden Smarts as the Baroness of Basil. Visit her website at www.ellenogden.com
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Heirlooms are more than just delicious ingredients or beautiful flowers--their seeds offer us a connection with the earth, and each one tells a story. Author and garden lecturer Ellen Ecker Ogden was inspired to preserve the diversity of plants that are slipping away after learning that we have lost over 85% of the plant world in the last century to extinction.
In The New Heirloom Garden, Ogden inspires us with a history of seed saving in this country, then guides gardeners of all levels to create their own heirloom gardens with tangible gardening tips, twelve themed garden designs, and detailed resources. The first half of the book shares specific garden plans, plant keys with descriptions, plant and seed wish lists, interviews with gardening experts, and even tips and tricks to handle your own local weather. The second half of the book contains 55 recipes for delicious entrees, sides, drinks, and desserts that can be made from each vegetable, fruit, and flower grown in your garden. Readers will delight in making Fennel and Watermelon Salad, Cucumber Summer Soup, Fire Cider, and Winter Squash Pie. It's a book designed for readers to bring to their local supply store, take outside into the garden, and then enjoy in the kitchen.
The Vermont Country Store Cookbook captures both the essence of the iconic store and the soul of the Vermont way of life: a self-reliant, rich life in the slow lane. Through recipes, yarns, archival photos, and sumptuous visuals, it tells the story of five generations of Orton storekeepers, while featuring fresh-from-the-farm cooking that imbues the cuisine of the present with the best of the past. Approximately 120 updated and original family recipes evoke memories, conveying all the hominess of the catalogue, but also appeal to the modern tastes of contemporary cooks. The book also features sidebars of Vermont history and more than 200 photographs, both black-and-white archival and four-color photographs, the latter taken especially for the book.
Based on seasonal cycles, each chapter of this indispensible book provides a new way to look at the planning stages of starting a garden—with themes and designs such as the Salad Lover’s Garden, the Heirloom Maze Garden, the Children’s Garden, and the Organic Rotation Garden.
More than 100 recipes—including a full range of soups, salads, main courses, and desserts, as well as condiments and garnishes—are featured here, all using the food grown in each specific garden.
“There’s no reason a vegetable garden must be an eyesore, banished to the corner by the garage. . . . The Complete Kitchen Garden . . . combines design advice, garden wisdom and recipes.” —Chicago Tribune
EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BASIL – AND MORE!
Basil is one of the most popular and widely grown herbs in the world. With its delicate aroma and sweet-spicy flavor, it’s no wonder that basil, a staple in kitchens around the world, is the favorite culinary herb of today’s chefs!
In Growing & Using Basil, Ellen Ogden offers all the information you'll need to grow, harvest, and cook with basil in all its varieties of flavor. Whatever the basil you want to grow--sweet, purple, opal, lemon, cinnamon, anise, napoleatano, camphor, holy, or something more exotic--the information you need is right at your fingertips. Better still, you'll find dozens of recipes for using your basil in everything from pestos and basil vinegars to grilled bluefish wrapped in mammoth basil leaves and cinnamon basil custard.