A Garlic Testament : Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm

Crawford, Stanley

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Synopsis: The author of Mayordomo explores the intimacy between a farmer and the earth. Threaded with history and the culture of a plant prized since ancient times, this book examines the mysteries of earth, wind, water, bulb, and seed.

Review: Unless you're a vampire, you know that garlic is a critical element in good eating. For most people, this knowledge comes from happy experience with garlic-laced cuisines (and what notable culinary tradition is without it?), not book learning, and not working the fields to produce the aromatic bulb. For Stanley Crawford, the love of garlic comes from both scientific study and three decades of labor in the field to produce the exquisite bulbs, knowing full well that "if you grow good garlic people will love you for it." Crawford deserves similar affection for Garlic Testament, a lyrical memoir of his work as a farmer in northern New Mexico, one that combines autobiography, gardening hints, and a quiet philosophy of life. "Farming and writing are both labors ... conducted on flat planes in relative solitude," he writes, but in this fine book--which compares well with the work of fellow farmer-writer Wendell Berry--Crawford opens his gate and invites our company. --Gregory McNamee

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Title: A Garlic Testament : Seasons on a Small New ...
Publisher: Perennial
Publication Date: 1993
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