There’s never been a cookbook like it. An incomparable variety of enticing recipes (more than eight hundred) . . . Basic gardening information . . . Shopping tips for nongardeners . . . Cooking inspirations for whatever you’ve plucked from the garden today or found fresh in the market . . . Vegetables as accompaniments . . . Vegetables as main courses (including recipes that use meat, fish, and poultry) . . . Vegetable soups, appetizers, salads, relishes . . . Even vegetable breads, pies, cakes, cookies . . . And more, as demonstrated over the years on The Victory Garden public television series.

A whole world of vegetable delight.Even if you’re not a gardener, The Victory Garden Cookbook is a great book to have; if you are a gardener, it’s a treasure. The book grew out of a public television series called The Victory Garden, which was essentially a how-to program aimed at home gardeners, with a recipe segment thrown in. As the show’s popularity grew, so did viewer demand for more recipes; eventually, Victory Garden cook Marian Morash decided that a cookbook was in order, resulting in The Victory Garden Cookbook. The book is a wonderful hybrid encyclopedia of information for both gardeners who cook and cooks who like to garden; Morash’s first goal was to so entice readers with the pleasures of eating home-grown vegetables that they, too, would take up gardening–or at least shop for the freshest ingredients instead of settling for canned or frozen goods. The book, first published in 1982, has been a huge success ever since.

Organized alphabetically, The Victory Garden Cookbook includes all the vegetables Morash grows in her own garden; in addition to information about planting, growing, and harvesting the fruits of your labor, Morash gives advice about storing vegetables, converts yields into measurements (i.e., a half-pound of small Brussels sprouts equals 28-30 sprouts, while a half-pound of medium sprouts equals 12-14) and offers tips to gardenless cooks for finding the best produce. Whether you’re an avid gardener, a gardener wannabe, or simply a person who loves a good vegetable dish, The Victory Garden Cookbook is guaranteed to become one of your best-loved and most-used cookbooks.