If there was an EASY button or book for learning about edible gardens, this would be it.
This book is easy to read. It's fun. It's beautifully illustrated. And, it's full of good content for those interested in making their property more delicious, nutritious, and beautiful. While I enjoy reading and learning about permaculture and sustainable living, and I loved Dave Jacke's two volumes on "Edible Food Forests" -- books like that are not for the faint of heart. This is an entirely different kind of a book, and more appropriate for a broader audience.
This is the book for you if you want to learn about edible landscaping and see some practical ways to make it happen in your yard. You might have heard about permaculture or biodynamics or edible gardens and think they have some good ideas, but don't quite know how to get started. You might have a plot of land that is 50 square feet or up to a few acres. You might be adventurous and want to try your hand at growing some new healthy foods that taste great (like great fruits, mushrooms, and herbs). You might like the idea of growing plants that play nicely together and create a beautiful environment. You might like the idea of getting your hands a little dirty, but aren't interested in anything that definitely requires skilled labor. If this sounds like you, then I recommend this book.
If you're looking for some deep, rich, or theoretical treatise, this book is not going to scratch that itch. This book acknowledges that there are underlying principles, but leaves the explaining to thicker books. If you're looking for a comprehensive list of edible plants and the attributes of various plants, this book will not completely satisfy that desire. This book does provide a list of edible plants that are practical (and tasty) in a temperate climate (think most of the USA or central to northern Europe, where you have often freezing winters and warm summers). It does provide a list of plants that make for good "guilds" or companion plants that will help reinforce each other that are tried and tested in a temperate climate (like comfrey, yarrow, and blue wild indigo). It provides a good list of tasty fruits that are uncommon in stores, but easy to grow and harvest (like persimmon, pawpaw, mulberry, currant, gooseberry, jostaberry, elderberry).