What it is: "The Kitchen Gardener's Handbook" (Timber Press, $22.95) supplies a four-season spin through the kitchen garden, chock-full of plant notes and recipes, and dreamy photos of fresh-from-the-garden bouquets.
You’ll find sustainable garden plans, sketches and plant lists, so you can dig along with author Jennifer R. Bartley. In turns, Bartley considers the vegetables, fruits, greens and herbs for every season.
At heart, this is a book pulsing with the belief that we are richer for our connection to the patch of earth outside our kitchen door — whether it’s the food we bring to our table or the beauty we tuck in a vase. Above all, it’s a survival guide for those among us who hunger for what the garden so willingly gives.
What makes it armchair-worthy: A perfect antidote for those offseason gardening blues. This is the self-help guide you need when the only cure around is plotting your kitchen potager. It’s a book you can’t help but tuck with scraps of paper, and turned-down page corners, as you harvest a bumper crop of fine ideas.