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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Permanent Publications (7 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856231410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856231411
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Barstow presents fascinating and useful information about his top 80 perennial leafy vegetables including lots of historical references, his and other recipe ideas, along with photos and more. Many of these are easily grown and can be ornamental as well as great edibles. This will be a really useful book helping extend the range of food plants for gardeners. --Martin Crawford, director of the Agroforestry Research Trust, author and agroforestry expert

Around the World in 80 Plants is more than just excellent profiles of little-known delicious vegetable crops. Stephen Barstow is one of the world's great edible plant collectors and his stories of encountering plants in the wild, tracking down seeds of rare species, and of course growing and cooking with these species are absolute treasure. Many plant books just rehash information already written in other sources. Around the World in 80 Plants is delightfully marinated in personal experience. It will make you not only want to grow and eat these crops, but to travel to Siberia, Norway, and Chile to know them in their natural habitat. --Eric Toensmeir, author, permaculture teacher and practitioner

While Barstow's goal is not to provide a field guide for the 80 plants he introduces, he does aim "to inspire perennial vegetable gardening rather than foraging". The arrow certainly hits its mark. Readers even vaguely intrigued by such an idea will find themselves torn between continuing to read and wanting to start searching for various plants. --Joan Bailey, food and farming blogger in Japan

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Dr. Stephen Barstow has devoted 30 years to trialling the world's perennial vegetables - just witness his salad comprising 528 varieties in 2003, earning him the title of 'Extreme Salad Man'!


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Very nice book and Stepen Barstow clearly knows what he is talking about. Stephen has many tips on how to grow perennial edible plants in a colder climate like taking the small seed onions from serpent garlic, planting them indoors and having green shoots during the winter. Many of the plants have recipes or recipe collections and one I noticed was spaghetti from dandelion flower stalks. I do have other books in the perennial genre, and I think Stephen talks more about the plants compared to other books. 11 pages on dandelion including pictures, 4 pages on day lilies, and 7 pages on hablitzia tamnoides, which is rarely described in other books.
The pages are full of images, Stephens experiences with the plants and his research of how other cultures use them. Generally a very entertaining read. The book is packed with color photographs both from Stephens own garden and others, but also pictures of dishes made from the plants. The pictures are informative though not beautiful but it does not take away from the usefulness of the book.
If you are new to perennial plants and live in a temperate climate, this book is a good starting place. its inspiring and you will be able to get started with wild plants around you. Some of the plants are easy to get and some of them are very difficult and be prepared that you might have to get them from private sources, because they are not available in shops. Also you should know, as Stephen also tells you, that the harvest season is in the spring.
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I have to say this is one of my favourite food plant books. It might even be the top. I've read quite a few including many that are mentioned in this book (books by Toensmeier, Ken Fern and so on) but clearly I am not on the same scale. I really enjoyed the very approachable and readable style mixed in with the incredibly detailed research that has clearly gone into producing this book including plant distribution, uses (especially appreciated with new or unusual food items) and related species.

I enjoy growing and eating unusual and, ideally perennial species and this book is jam packed with ones that I have not tried and, in many cases, have never even heard of. I truly can't wait to try to get a hold of these and grow and taste them for myself.

Fantastic work and long may it continue.
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I just love this book. I read it through from cover to cover, savouring every chapter and it has taken up residence on my coffee table as a constant reference guide and general 'dipper'.
I am setting up a perennial edible garden at my home and the information that Stephen provides is invaluable to me. I was amazed and delighted to find how many of our most beautiful plants are, in fact, edible. How many of us grow hosta? Apparently a very tasty edible, I can't wait to try the 'hostakopita'. Also many edible plants are very beautiful additions to the ornamental garden- for example sea kale and Jerusalem artichoke.
Besides the practical (growing tips and simple recipes are included) the book is a cornucopia of interesting facts: historical, scientific and quirky. A wonderful read for all gardeners.
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I am doing similar research in Mediterranean climate; In view of future climate change and desertification the importance of growing perennial food plants cannot be stressed enough. Stephens work pushed my own research forward at least 5 years.
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Well written and entertaining, I read this book from cover to cover, then read it all over again (I was on holiday). I'm not sure how practical it will be for me, but it certainly opened my eyes. I'm also not sure I could be so sanguine about Japanese Knotweed.
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