cover image Garlic: The Mighty Bulb

Garlic: The Mighty Bulb

Natasha Edwards. Firefly, $24.95 (260p) ISBN 978-1-77085-101-6

Edwards, who grew up on a garlic farm, leads readers through all things garlic, from history and health benefits to how to buy, store, prepare, and grow, as well as more than 50 recipes. Recipes include ingredients and flavors that span the globe, such as Vietnamese chicken broth with noodles, warm lentil and halloumi salad, cucumber kimchi, and Som Tam (green papaya salad) as well as garlic “classics,” including garlic mashed potatoes, chicken with 40 garlic cloves, and a selection of garlic breads. Short yet informative headnotes provide information on cooking methods and serving suggestions. Comprehensive (and easy-to-follow) text on garlic varieties and essays, along with fun information including the best garlic festivals and tips for keeping vampires away, make this a good read, while Cooks Tips sidebars, step-by-step and full-page color photos round out this title that is sure to turn anyone into a fan of the bulb. (Dec.)