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I love this book. It has inspired me to grow many new kinds of squash this year, both winter and summer, but mostly winter. I very much appreciate Ms/ Goldman's decisive statements about the taste of the various squashes. I was never a fan of pumpkin except for decorative use, it turns out that she agrees with me, on the whole.
So this year I am growing Marina de Chioggia, Muscat de Provence, Sucrine du Berry and many other exotic squashes which Ms. Goldman recommends as having outstanding flavor.
The pictures are magnificent and there are some recipes at the end.
Gorgeous, could double as a coffee-table book. Includes a little bit of everything - growing, seed saving, recipes using heirloom squashes, lists of seed sources and heirloom advocacy groups - and a lot of its primary purpose: photos and individual histories of 150 heirloom squashes. The information appears well-researched and more complete than many other historical sources. Helped me to differentiate between the more confusing varieties. The author calls herself a "Cucurbitacean: a person who regards pumpkins or squashes with deep, often rapturous love...My aim in writing the book was to catalog these marvels before they disappear."
On March 20th, 2005, cultivateweeds added the following:
Note that the author grew (and tasted) all the squash in the book herself, and she isn\'t shy about saying which ones are delicious, which ones should be fed to the cows, and which ones make a nice doorstop.