Free seed catalogs? Oh yes! It’s the time of year when the ground is frozen and we wonder if anything will grow again. This is a perfect time for me to share with you my list of FREE (and great) seed catalogs — ones that are in print form…ones you can write in, mark up, dream over. There is nothing like holding a seed catalog in your hand in the dead of winter. Even if you can only order one or two packs,
Capon On Cooking (Houghton Mifflin, 1983)
One of my Personal Chef’s favorite authors on the subject of cooking is Robert Farrar Capon. He has several books on the subject and this is one of the top. If you want it, you’ll have to find it used. A colleague of mine told me about Capon and I bought this book used, giving it to my Personal Chef for Christmas. I knew he would love it. And he did. Why? The author is kind of a salty dog, a bit ornery. For years he served as a Priest in the Episcopal Church AND he loved to cook. My Personal Chef was also a Pastor in an Evangelical church for 23 years and he too loves to cook. Capon, the author, isn’t afraid to teach the truth that heaven meets earth. Capon loves that one finds God’s beauty in the most ordinary of things (like gardening and food). My Personal Chef loves that too. And what they ultimately have in common? They both think the human hand is the ultimate kitchen gadget (see the last chapter of this book). Yes, I often find him mixing our dinner with his fingers. And no, that doesn’t gross me out.
Trowel and Error: Over 700 Tips, Remedies and Shortcuts for the Gardener (New York: Workman Publishing, 2003)
Just the title should tell you why I love this book. If you want to garden you have to be willing to make lots of errors. A friend and Denver Seminary colleague gave this book to me. It’s so easy and accessible. And, it has the most creative illustrations. It’s just fun to flip through. I learn something every time I pick it up.