Stinky and Stringy : Stem & Bulb Vegetables (Plants We Eat)

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Describes historical origins, use, and growing requirements of garlic, onions, shallots, and leeks (members of the allium family) as well as celery, asparagus, and rhubarb. Includes recipes.

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Grade 5-8-There's nothing stinky about this global look at the often fascinating history of stem and bulb edibles. Hughes knows her vegetables. Even better, she is able to take her passion for food and communicate interesting details to her audience. Readers will learn that onions were valued by the ancient Chinese, Babylonians, and Italians, while forbidden in India because of an unfounded belief that they were bad for the eyes. Modern information includes recipes, a look at "glamour" Maui onions (and their special curing process), and hints for tear-free preparation. While everybody knows that garlic will keep vampires away, it has also proven effective in keeping mosquitoes away. Its current popularity as a dietary supplement is no modern fad; ancient Egyptians and Chinese used it to treat headaches, tumors, and heart problems. Generous full-color photos show these appetizing vegetables in various stages: in the ground, being harvested, raw, and cooked. Color diagrams are captioned to show the various parts and stages of development of each plant. Millicent Selsam's Vegetables from Stems and Leaves (Morrow, 1972; o.p.) briefly covers many of the same vegetables and has many black-and-white photos, but it does not include history, recipes, or different cultural usages.
Marilyn Payne Phillips, University City Public Library, MO
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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