I love this book! The idea of perennial vegetables strikes such a chord with me--it's like combining the pleasures of the veggie garden with those of an orchard. Indeed, some of the plants overlap, since there are trees with edible leaves. Toesnmeier does a great job of describing each of the plants and giving tips on their growing. He's understandably enthusiastic, but doesn't refrain from warning that, for example, the taste of a certain plant takes getting used to. This book really expands my horizons of what's possible in the garden, and I turn to it again and again.
This is a great book. If you want to grow unusual vegetables, this book has lots of possibilities for you. If you prefer perennial gardening to annually planting tomatoes and sweet corn, this book is for you. It has great descriptions of loads of different kinds of plants with full growing information as well as detailed info on how the more unusual vegetables taste and are prepared for eating. I thought that I just couldn't grow vegetables, because pretty much all my beds are perennial, and I don't want to be disturbing the long-lived residents with annual vegetables every year. This book has lots and lots of options for perennial vegetables, many of them hardy but many others that have possibilities as container plants. Since reading this book, I've begun growing Sea Kale, Multiplier Onions, Scarlet Runner Beans, Sorrel, Rocoto Peppers, Chayote, Watercress, Pepinos, Achira, and more, and I'm planning to get Taro, Okinawan Spinach, Mashua, Chinese Artichokes, and many other kinds of plants. Not all the plants in the book are easy to find in the U.S., but so far, they've been worth looking for. And the book is too.