The Best (And Worst) Vegetables of 2009-2010

As promised, the best of the best, and worst of the worst seed-grown vegetable list from 2009. Now remember, to some extent these ratings are subjective, and dependent on climate; when choosing varieties, you must always select cultivars that are … Continue reading

Greening the White House Victory Garden

I’ve been doing a considerable amount of research ahead of my 2010 national lecture tour, pulling together three new talks on “Greening the Victory Garden”, all about how to get started growing your own fresh food in an environmentally sensitive … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: Endive Tart

Oh boy, here’s a fabulous recipe. Amusingly, it comes from a French cookbook called “Recettes Fraicheur” that my friend Christina brought back from France this summer. (The title translates, loosely, “Light & Fresh Recipes”.) We both dusted off our French … Continue reading

The Greens of Autumn

Perhaps it’s the contrarian in me: all summer and early fall, when the vegetable garden is at its height and greens are easy to grow, leafy salads hold little appeal. With such an abundance of other, more interesting vegetables, why … Continue reading

The New American Victory Garden, Defined

Quite a number of you have emailed me, asking questions about The New American Victory Garden, the presentation I just gave at the New York Botanical Garden. So, here’s the scoop: First of all, what do you mean by Victory … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: Wilted Celery, and Other Unlikely Vegetable Delights

My dear mother, now 82, visits me several times a year from Wisconsin, and it’s only a matter of a day, often hours, before I hear the same refrain from the kitchen: (Sounds of muffled rummaging…) “Michael, these vegetables in … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: The Ultimate Guacomole

This Saturday I had a small dinner party, and decided to make my ultimate guacamole as one of the starters. I know, you’re thinking: what, guacamole? That’s as common as tacos! But this guacamole, created by master Chef Kathy Gunst, … Continue reading