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Apr 5 2008
by Hannah Stephenson, The Journal
The bookstalls are putting on a blooming good show this year and Hannah Stephenson suggests some of the best reading material.
IF you’re looking for inspiration as the warmer weather beckons, try leafing through some of the excellent books out this spring, bringing you advice on everything from growing fruit and veg to design and practical tips.
There’s a plethora of new books out this year on every conceivable way to grow every conceivable fruit and veg, pushed further by the Jamie Oliver effect and with all the big guns jumping on the grow-your-own bandwagon.
These include Alan Titchmarsh, with The Kitchen Gardener (BBC Books, £20), and the RHS, with two yummy titles including a revised edition of its Vegetable & Fruit Gardening (Dorling Kindersley, £20), featuring advice from experts on growing more than 150 different foods, and Grow It Eat It, (April 1, Dorling Kindersley, £9.99), aimed at junior chefs and gardeners who can get to grips with healthy eating and grow the food themselves.
If you want something a little quirkier, wait till the May publication of Forgotten Fruits, a guide to Britain’s traditional fruit and vegetables, from orange jelly turnips to Dan’s mistake gooseberries, by Christopher Stocks (May 1, Random House, £16.99).