Just Vegetating: A Memoir Hardcover – 14 Jun 2012
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4*: Her richly illustrated memoir is as much about the vegetables and growing methods she pioneered as it is about her life.(Bookseller)
'At first glance a biography of a vegetable grower hardly seems likely to be any more exciting than a bag of potatoes, yet Joy Larkcom manages to animate and energise her story with such good writing that every chapter is a tasty morsel ... '(The Mediterranean Gardener)
'every gardener should own a copy'(Cambridge Evening News)
'an account of a remarkable life, told through her collected articles published in the last 40 years. It is a repository of knowledge, gained over a lifetime, and generously shared.'(The Lady)
'Though the author describes this modestly as a memoir it is much more: part reminiscence, part travelogue and part autobiography. Together with a compilation from her life's work of writing on vegetable growing this book puts both the subject and the author in high profile, where they justly belong.'(The Garden)
'Joy Larkcom is the Elizabeth David of veg growing... having read her new book, 'Just Vegetating', I now understand that she is at the root of everything I treasure about growing veg. It's almost like discovering your real parent after years of not quite knowing where you come from. Without her I would not have heard of half of what I grow. The way I grow it would be different too.
[Just Vegetating] should be compulsory reading for any aspiring allotment holder or vegetable gardener.'(Sarah Raven Daily Telegraph)
'A kind of autobiography that, with a light, self-deprecating commentary, stitches together some of the pieces she's written over the past 40 years. All generations like to think they are pioneers. But Larkcom really was.'(Anna Pavord The Independent)
'offers a fascinating insight into the world of a person obsessed with vegetables ... full of inspiration, entertaining and informative, it includes lots of great gardening ideas.'(Country Smallholding)
'A brilliant blend of memoir-cum-journalism'(The Lady)
'Joy's latest and most heartwarming book'(Gardens Illustrated)
'A fine collection of her best published work. Together they offer a fascinating insight into the life and gardening times of one of Britain's most unassuming gardening experts and are a must-read for any gardening enthusiast'(Kitchen Garden Magazine)
'You could read this memoir for nostalgia, for horticultural information and history, or just for enjoyment . . . [Joy's] vivacity and enthusiasm come through it all.'(The Organic Grower)
'Contains a lot of practical information and tips, and yet, at the same time, also manages to be highly entertaining. It's the sort of book that friends will borrow and never bring back, so you might like to order more than one copy'(Country Life)
'This superb adventure story deserves a place on every gardener's and social historian's bookshelf.'(Colin Hambidge Birmingham Post)
'You don't have to be an obsessive foodie, or organic, or even green, to want to rush out to buy [Joy's] new book...It's a great read... easy to dip into and out of, informative, wry, and a family biography along the long way...A delightful informative read.'(Tommy Barker Irish Examiner)
'Joy Larkcom is one of my grow your own heroes so I'll definitely be dipping into her new book, Just Vegetating.'(Jane Perrone Grow Fruit and Veg)
'It's that rare thing; a true classic. Get your hands on it just as soon as you can.'(Irish Times)
'A glorious celebration of worldwide dirt-under-the-fingernails gardening.'(BBC Gardens Illustrated review)
'Thanks to this doyenne of the cabbage and cut-and-come-again leaves, as this memoir attests, she has travelled around the globe researching veg and bringing her findings - from winter purslane to mustard greens - to us British gardeners.'(Grow Your Own)
'Gripping, funny, fascinating, mouthwatering, adventurous, serious and an important for future generations. I couldn't leave it down.'(The Journal of the RHSI)
About the Author
JOY LARKCOM is Britain's most respected vegetable garden maker and gardening writer. She has contributed to many magazines and newspapers, radio and TV programmes and has lectured all over the world. Her accolades include the Garden Writer of the Year award (three times); Lifetime Achievement Award from the Garden Writers' Guild in 2003, and the Veitch Memorial Medal for horticulture, the RHS's highest honour, in 1993. Her other titles for Frances Lincoln are Oriental Vegetables (9780711236128), Grow Your Own Vegetables (9780711219632) and The Organic Salad Garden (9780711222045).