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Oriental Vegetables (Anglais) Broché – 5 mai 2007

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An insufficiently sung heroine of our time is Joy Larkcom, and I recommend anything she has written on salad crops and vegetables. She delves into unfamiliar ground in both Europe and Asia (Guardian) --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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While most are familiar with some of the oriental vegetables - Chinese cabbage, mustard greens and the giant oriental radish - their introduction into western gardens has been an altogether slower process than that of the trees, shrubs and flowers the plant-hunters brought back from China. Yet the Orient possesses adaptable vegetables which can be grown fast and intensively in the West. Many are extremely nutritious, lending themselves to quick healthy stir-frying or steaming and, when harvested young, for use in salads.;In this guide for the Western gardener, Joy Larkcom provides information on the cultivation and use of over 100 oriental vegetables, showing the ease with which they can be grown in Western climatic conditions. Their looks and colours are frequently suited to use in decorative schemes, or potagers. They provide vitamins in our diet at a time of year when other green vegetables are not available, and as the recipe section demonstrates, they are delicious to eat. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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  • Broché: 288 pages
  • Editeur : Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd (5 mai 2007)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0711226121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711226128
  • Dimensions du produit: 19,2 x 1,8 x 24,5 cm
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This book is a mine of information about all or nearly all vegetables coming from the Orient, I mean here essentially Asia, china and Japan among some other countries. The range of vegetables you can find is enormous and the book gives all you can and must know on their description, the way you can cultivate them, what you can harvest in them, what you can do with each element you harvest from the leaves and the blooms to the roots and the fruits.

Some of these vegetables used to be common in Europe like collards and kale, remained common in America, though as for the two I have just quoted, for Blacks, probably a heritage from Slavery. These vegetables are becoming trendy today, or are becoming trendy again. The point is you cannot very easily, and for some you cannot at all, find the seeds or the tubers, or whatever is necessary to start growing them in some countries in Europe or in simple round-the corner gardening store.

But the book is far even more interesting since it gives great detail about the various cultivating methods in Asia and particularly the use of terraces in gardens to avoid erosion and retain water, and another technique we hardly practice in Europe: the alternation of various vegetables in the same plot, some that grow fast, in a few weeks like lettuces, and some that grow slowly like turnips or other roots, including carrots.

If that type of cultivation is practiced there is a great advantage with it because it can prevent or contain some diseases or parasites. The book also explains some irrigation and drainage techniques used in some rather dry or over-wet conditions.

I would recommend this book to people who are slightly adventure-minded and creative in their intercourse with vegetables in their gardens and on their dinner table. These vegetables may make their gardens and their dinner tables rather sexy.

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Great Source of Ingelligence on Growing and Using Veggies 22 février 2005
Par B. Marold - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
`Oriental Vegetables' by English gardening writer Joy Larkcom is the real deal. For foodies like myself, the most important thing to know about the book is exactly what deal it is real. I bought it with a bunch of other books on Asian ingredients without paying attention to much about the book except for the title, being lead to it by Amazon's cleverly surfacing books related to the books you have already chose to buy. Especially do not be deceived by the very nice blurb on the cover from Alice Waters and play extra attention to the subtitle, `The Complete Guide for the Gardening Cook'.

This book is much more about gardening than it is about cooking, and it tackles the subject of gardening very, very well. It does an exceptionally good job on detailing for us the ins and outs of growing the primary subject of the book, oriental vegetables.

The very best news about this book is that it was published 14 years ago, just as commerce between the West and China and Indochina was warming up. This trade has had these 14 years to mature into something that makes the access to unusual seeds even easier. A corollary to this is the fact that the book also predates the blooming of the Internet, so most of the sources Ms. Larkcom gives from the UK, the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan will probably be joined by others and be themselves more accessible.

Ms. Larkcom began her inquiry into her subject already an expert on growing vegetables. She enhanced her credentials by making long trips to China and Japan and by enlisting the assistance of a large stable of translators. All of this linguistic help was probably even more necessary for Oriental plants, as the systematic naming of plants in China and Japan is probably far behind that in the west, plus the fact that there are simply so many different species to deal with. I have seen in other horticultural books that China is the source of far more plant species than any comparable region on the earth. Even a cursory look at Ms. Larkcom's table of contents gives weight to this observation. This lists 77 species or groups of species by `common name'. This is substantially less than Elizabeth Schneider's approximately135 species covered in `Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini', but this book is limited to less than a quarter of the world's land mass while Schneider covers the entire world (as seen from western Europe).

If you already own Bruce Cost's classic `Oriental Ingredients', you have not touched the surface of what Larkcom's book can offer. Cost gives us the culinary and economic scoop. Ms. Larkcom focuses on the horticultural.

Ms. Larkcom's favorite subject may very well be the cabbages, as they are her first subject and she lovingly describes them as being very easy to grow in western soils and climates. In her general introduction to these brassicas, she covers climatic factors, stages of use, fitting the oriental brassicas into Western gardens, cultivation, pests and diseases, grouping the oriental brassicas, and specific hybrid brassicas. The introductory section finishes up with an excellent diagram of how oriental brassicas are related. This may do nothing to improve your salads or stir-frys, but it's great in helping to choose substitutes when one species is out of season and a related species is in full bloom.

For each individual species, Ms. Larkcom follows Bruce Cost's practice by giving the most common English name, the biological family, the two part Latin name, other common English names, plus names in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese. Even among the Mandarin and Cantonese speakers, some plants may have several different names. After this linguistic heading, there are paragraphs on background, use, characteristics, types, climate, soil, cultivation, intercropping, pests and disease, harvesting, storage, and varieties. Whew! All this information includes a culinary aspect I have simply not seen elsewhere. This is the fact that several plants go through different stages and while some stages may be commercially less desirable in western eyes, they are really quite highly prized by Oriental users.

After Brassicas, the other major groups of plants are beans, cucurbits (gourds and melons), onions, radishes, water vegetables, tubers, and herbs and wild plants. If I were to take away one plant from this book and give it a shot at growing in my back yard, it would probably be the radishes. The rich assortment of oriental radishes is in strong contrast to the variety available in even a better than average American megamart.

The biggest surprise I found was that ginger received a light coverage as an herb and its relative, galangal is not mentioned at all. I am certain this is because neither of these two plants is easy to grow in home gardens, and growing is what this book is all about. This reinforces the fact that for the foodie with a black thumb, this book needs a companion with a culinary focus to fill out one's picture of Oriental veggies.

The main body of the book dealing with individual plants is supplemented with an excellent chapter on growing techniques. I am not as familiar with the soil as I am with the stove, but from what I can see, this chapter is first rate, covering techniques which you may not find in your average Better Homes and Gardens title. This is followed by a chapter on cooking which is even better than what I saw in other books on vegetables where the emphasis was more on cooking than in this horticulturally slanted book.

The appendices to this book alone are worth the price of admission with its excellent tables of gardening terms, growing calendars, plant names, and bibliographies. While there is some danger that the references to suppliers may be out of date, I do recognize several current major players such as W. Atlee Burpee and Johnny's Selected Seeds.

If any of this interests you, this book is for you!
15 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Helpful tips for difficult crops. Focus: China and Japan 29 septembre 2006
Par ex_otago - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The author focusses on China and Japan, paying far less attention to Korea, Southeast Asia and the South Asian region. This probably accounts for the omission of galangal (as noted by one reviewer above) and for the omission of important herbs such as rau ram (Polygonum odoratum), alluded to only vaguely by a Polygonum entry which says (roughly) "there are many oriental polygonums; you can find them sold in stores".

However, she goes into *exhaustive*, blinding detail on a whole range of arcane Japanese and Chinese vegetables. I learned critical things about okahijiki and yomogi from reading this book, as well as the procedure for blanching mitsuba, and read about a veg I had not heard of before - Chinese artichoke - when I've reached a point where few things surprise me. On the better known vegetables - edible chrysanthemum, gobo, ong choy, Chinese celery, celtuce - she gives helpful information and detailed growing instructions, and an overview of actual Asian growing practices, which I have not found elsewhere. Sadly it is not possible for Kitazawa Seed to cram all this information onto the back of seed packets and into its catalogue headings; if it had, several prior sowings of mine would have grown better.

Finally, the author includes information on the CORRECT method for sprouting mung beans, which people (like me) who have been cursed with ratty bean sprouts will welcome!
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Helps you sort out the seed catalog offerings 25 mars 2007
Par Mom's in the Garden - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book has really helped me understand the wonderful variety of Asian plant seeds offered by Johnny's and Fedco Seeds. It has an emphasis on the brassicas, probably because the author lives in Britain, and those crops can grow there all year. Keep her climate in mind when you read this book (average of 60 degrees in the summer, minimum low of 20 degrees in the winter, and plenty of rain).

Oriental vegetables, especially the brassicas, seem to be easier to grow and hardier than the traditional cabbages, broccoli, etc., that I've grown side-by-side with them. It is great to have a book that helps sort out the confusing names. For example, I learned that Senposai (a seed I bought from Fedco - called "one thousand treasure vegetable" in Japan) is a cross between ordinary cabbage and komatsuna, and tastes much like ordinary cabbage. Then there is a lot of information on komatsuna, chinese cabbage, pak choi, mibuna mizuna, choy sum, etc., with a chart to help you sort them all out.

In the back, there is all the obligatory information on gardening techniques that is covered better in other books, but with helpful some references to Asian techniques and tools. She speaks with authority on plant protection, telling you specifics on what works for her. There is a nice, but small section of recipes. The growing information and plant name charts are VERY helpful. And finally, the index is thorough.

If you are planning to grow Asian vegetables, especially brassicas, this book is worth consulting.

If it were updated, I would give it five stars.
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
sewage sludge? 12 janvier 2011
Par Maureenhope - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I found this book to be very helpful and a great resource. BUT ... I was very taken aback by the few sentences in the section on organic manures. Ms Larkom must know that there is no such thing as organic municipal sewage sludge. Do not eat anything grown on municipal sewage sludge. These municipal wastes contain a whole alphabet soup of bad chemicals. Independent tests (food rights network Dr. Robert C. Hall Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences) show that these types of "compost" can contain flame retardants, nonylphenol detergent breakdown products, antibacterial agent triclosan. PBDE's are persistent and bioaccumulate in the environment and then they accumulate in you. There is an article in Acres USA (November 2010) on the subject, if you can't figure this out for your self. Bio Solids contain all the pills, and chemicals we consume and then flush or wash down the drain. I'm kind of shocked that Alice Waters of Chez Panisse would lend her name to the front page review.
11 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
first rate guide to growing Chinese vegetables 2 juin 1997
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Joy Larkcom's excellent introduction to growing Asian vegetables is informative, well-designed, and ably
illustrated by Elizabeth Douglass. The section on vegetable cultivation and technique in China is particularly
interesting. The recipes are helpful to Western gardeners exploring the savoury variety of Chinese greens, peas,
and beans for the first time.

Havi Hoffman
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