« This allusive, impressionistic, quintessentially French tour of the kitchen garden takes us from aphrodisiac artichokes to Zola’s gritty stalls, with a literary and gustatory detour. Lazy summers in grandmother’s garden, the frenzy for fresh winter peas that gripped the court at Versailles in 1660, the global travels of the chilly pepper, the contested history of Cinderella’s pumpkin – it’s all here, and it’s all fun. »

Jane S.Smith, author of The Garden of Invention : Luther Burbank ans the Business of Breeding Plants