* Joe Archer works at Kew Gardens as Head Horticulturist in
the kitchen garden and has appeared on BBC in the Kew on a
Plate television program with Raymond Blanc.
* Caroline Craig is a food writer from London and the author of The Little Book of Lunch adult cookbook (Regan Arts) and The Cornershop Cookbook (Random House UK). She's also a columnist for Guardian Cook.
A horticulturalist (from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, no less)
and a food writer partner to produce a kid-friendly guide to
growing and preparing food. Their collaboration is packed with all
the basic information would-be green thumbs need to start a garden.
They'll learn about the importance of soil health and composting,
tools and equipment, as well as wildlife friends and foes. After a
brief intro to plant anatomy and reproduction, the book walks kids
through the tasks necessary throughout the growing cycle, from
sowing and planting, watering and weeding, to, finally, harvesting.
Whether gardening in the backyard, in containers or window boxes,
or in a community-garden allotment, tips and tricks galore
demonstrate how easy it is. Kids can then delight in transforming
home-grown produce into delicious meals. Step-by-step growing
guides to individual vegetables precede recipes. Learn how to grow
tomatoes before making tomato, feta, and basil pizza or peas for
pea gnocchi. All the recipes are simple, tasty, and definitely not
boring! This book shares a tactic valued by parents in the
know--kids are typically actively excited to eat the foods they
grow and cook themselves, thus cultivating healthy eating habits.
Vibrant photographs featuring culturally diverse youngsters,
sprightly decorative illustrations, and a well-organized layout
make the book easy to digest and enjoyable to read. In the back,
suggestions for growing varieties and a plant glossary take away
the guesswork. Part gardening how-to, part healthy cookbook, this
effort offers budding young gardeners (and their adults) a
comprehensive, hands-on guide to gardening and cooking.
--Kirkus Reviews STARRED review
An ideal do-it-yourself instruction guide and manual for
children ages 7 to 10, and collaborative compiled by Joe Archer
(who is head Horticulturalist at England's Kew Cardens) and
Caroline Craig (a food writer from London), "Plant, Cook, Eat!: A
Children's Cookbook" is replete with vibrant photo-illustrations
and clearly organized sections. Young readers will discover how to
plant seeds in patio containers, window boxes, or on an allotment;
harvest fruits and vegetables; determine which plant parts are
edible; spot pests in the garden; and use home-grown crops to cook
everything from bean and bacon spaghetti to polenta chips to
tomato, feta, and basil pizza. Thoroughly 'kid friendly' in
organization and presentation, "Plant, Cook, Eat!: A Children's
Cookbook" is especially and unreservedly recommended for family,
elementary school, and community library collections.
--Midwest Book Review