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In Pursuit of Garlic

An Intimate Look at the Divinely Odorous Bulb

by (author) Liz Primeau

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Feb 2012
Herbs, Spices, Condiments, Agriculture & Food, World
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    Mar 2012
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    Feb 2012
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Packed with fascinating facts, practical advice, recipes, and engaging personal stories, In Pursuit of Garlic is a paean to this spellbinding, versatile, and tasty little vegetable.

For much of the past century, garlic has been dismissed by many as vulgar. Today it is undergoing a renaissance. Not only are more people cooking with it, but they are also growing it in their backyards. And scientists are increasingly interested in garlic's antibiotic, antifungal, and anti-parasitic qualities, as well as its potential as a treatment for cancer.

Bestselling author Liz Primeau's love affair with garlic began when her teenaged boyfriend took her to an Italian restaurant. Now she leads us on a tour of garlic's role in history, art, medicine, and science. She also discusses the many varieties of garlic -- from Russian Red to Kettle River Giant -- visits garlic fairs in search of France's elusive L'ail Rose, and explores the issue of the ubiquitous Chinese garlic. Inviting us into her kitchen, she shares garlic-centred recipes, tips on growing your own, and the secret of the knife smack.

""Primeau's well-researched ode joins a growing category of single-ingredient books that explore humble staples...If these explorations sometimes read like spy thrillers, that's because there's a lot of lore to cover, especially for garlic."" -- National Post

""[In Pursuit of Garlic] is...packed with fascinating facts, practical advice on growing, curing and storage, recipes and personal stories telling the story of the vegetable that Primeau says has 'made an appearance in the life of almost everyone who has ever lived.'"" -- Winnipeg Free Press

""Incredibly well researched with a wealth of information on this magical plant and great recipes too, this book will certainly find a valued place in my culinary library."" -- John Bishop


About the author


Liz Primeau is the author of numerous books on gardening, including My Natural History and the bestselling Front Yard Gardens. She is also the founding editor of Canadian Gardening magazine and the former host of Canadian Gardening Television on HGTV. She frequently gives talks at horticultural society meetings and garden shows across Canada and the United States. She lives in Mississauga, Ontario.


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