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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty but limited, 22 Jun 2014
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This is a beautiful book and very well presented. However, it is quite thin, and not all of the content is that useful. For example, the author talks in a number of places about things she'd like to try in future, or things she doesn't know, or re-summarises basic information available in a lot of more comprehensive books elsewhere. This would be fine if she knew a lot in other areas, but I've really struggled to find any area where the author appears to be an actual expert. The area where she might have the strongest claim would be the section on perennial brassicas (her favourite plant families seem to be brassicas and the alliums).

For this reason, I'd say that this book fails as a reference manual as the author doesn't seem to have enough experience or knowledge. Does it have any other redeeming features? I have seen it sold as a kind of personal story / testament to perennial gardening / permaculture, but I don't really buy this either. As a kind of personal story it also fails as there isn't enough personality or person detail.

It's a nice looking book, but it's at best a mildly enjoyable read for a few hours. If you've already read anything about perennial veg, don't expect to change the way you garden at all as a consequence of reading this mini-book.
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