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Cookbooks for gardeners

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We all have that friend (okay, we all are that friend) who ends up overwhelmed by the harvest of one veggie or another. Instead of trying to pawn your extra tomatoes or summer squash off on friends why not try one of these cookbooks and find new ways to use what you grow? Even beginner chefs will find that cooking with homegrown veggies and fruits is simple, easy, healthy and delicious.

Too Many Tomatoes: Classic & Exotic Recipes From Around the World by Brian Yarvin

Well, the title really says it all. It is VERY easy to end up with excess tomatoes in the summer. Luckily Yarvin gathers together a great variety of recipes that will show you how to put them all to use. If your summer barbeque guests are used to store bought tomatoes that will love what you create with flavorful homegrown varieties and will rethink that ubiquitous red plant. Click here to order the book online.

Put ‘em Up! By Sherri Brooks Vinton

Forget about simply cooking with your garden to use up the harvest. Put ‘em Up! Shows you the wide variety of ways there are to preserve the things you grow so you can enjoy your summer garden all year round. This is a really excellent book for beginners that gives you very easy to follow step by step instructions on nearly two hundred recipes that use all kinds of preservation techniques. Refrigerating, freezing, air and oven drying, canning and pickling are all covered in this colorful book, which can be ordered online here.

The Gardener & the Grill: The Bounty of the Garden Meets the Sizzle of the Grill by Karen Adler

This book takes the grill and elevates it above the basic hamburgers and hot dogs you might be used to. The Gardener & the Grill shows how easy it is to grill all kinds of seasonal plants and come up with some truly gourmet creations that will have the foodies in your life demanding more. The book really has something for everyone, yummy recipes, vegetarian grilling option, and preservation techniques using your grill. Great for grillers and gardeners this book can be found online here.

The Classic Zucchini Cookbook: 225 Recipes for all kinds of Squash by Andrea Chesman

Squash can easily overtake the garden. Enter The Classic Zucchini Cookbook. It’s got you covered for using squash in all aspects of preparing meals. Main dishes, side dishes even dessert! Yes, that’s right, don’t knock eating squashes for dessert until you’ve tried dark zucchini chocolate cake! If you have picky eaters who turn up their noses at squash this book will help you find their new favorite dish- and give you lots of ways to use up those zuchinni! Click here to order the book

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