Grocery Gardening with Jean Ann Van Krevelen

Jean Ann Van Krevelen is continuing the long tradition of sharing gardening tips and home-grown recipes with her new book called “Grocery Gardening.”

It may be difficult to decide where to keep your copy of the new “Grocery Gardening” book. Some of you will certainly want to keep it with your other gardening resources, but others will want to keep it handy in the kitchen.

Maybe you need to buy two copies.

Edible gardening is in fashion again and there are more new gardeners planting seeds and growing gardens than ever before.

“We’ve seen a resurgence of interest in edible gardening, but many new gardeners aren’t sure what to do with their bounty,” says author Jean Ann Van Krevelen.

“It’s very different to grow a couple of zucchini vines and harvest the squash than it is to pick up two at the store.”

So Jean Ann decided to write “Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing and Preserving Fresh Food,” as a way to help gardeners find creative ways to put all that zucchini–and other homegrown fruits and vegetables to use.

Jean Ann gardens, writes and cooks from her home in Portland, Ore. She partnered with three co-authors and a community of  gardeners to fill the pages of “Grocery Gardening” with dozens of delicious recipes using garden-fresh produce, like the Spinach and Tomato Frittata topped with feta cheese.

“I’d never have an edible garden without tomatoes,” says Jean Ann. “They are one vegetable that tastes far better when grown at home. I love them because they are so versatile. I dry them and keep them on hand to add to recipes all winter. I also make my own tomato paste and keep it in the freezer. Both are great for adding to recipes to boost the flavor.”

In addition to recipes, the book is filled with practical gardening advice for those who are just getting started.

“Create a plan for your first gardening season, just an outline of what you want to grow, where you will grow it and how much you’ll grow,” she says. “Then go back and reduce the number and types of plants you want to grow by 2/3.”

Her realistic approach is designed to make it easy for beginning gardeners to have early successes and a lot more fun.

Jean Ann learned to garden 11 years ago with help from her mom–who learned to garden from her mom.

Just like chatting over the fence with a good neighbor, “Grocery Gardening” continues the tradition of sharing gardening information from one gardener to another. Pass it on.

Want to get to know Jean Ann a little better? Just visit her Gardener to Farmer blog or listen to her Good Enough Gardening podcasts. You can also follow her on Twitter @JeanAnnVK.


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What a great review! I am so glad you enjoyed the book…the frittata looks divine…

Thanks for checking in!

Loved the book, but wondered why the Blueberry Mascarpone Pancakes on page 102 included the word Mascarpone in the title when it is not included in the recipe.

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