July 1, 2009

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A street-front segment converted from lawn into a windbreak and greenbelt for small wildlife. (Photo by William Scheick)

The garden reader:
Trying for the greenest of greens

By William Scheick
University of Texas at Austin

Rachel Liska (editor). Gardening Green for Less. Birds & Blooms/Reader's Digest Association. 2009. $10.95.

Paul Robbins. Lawn People: How Grasses, Weeds, and Chemicals Make Us Who We Are. Temple University Press, 2007. $24.95.

Ted Steinberg. American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn. Norton, 2007. $16.95.

Michael Pollan. Second Nature: A Gardener's Education. Grove Press, 2003. $15.00.

Sally and Andy Wasowski. Requiem for a Lawnmower, Revised Edition: Gardening in a Warmer, Drier World. Taylor, 2004. $16.95.

Heather Flores. Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community. Chelsea Green, 2006. $25.00.

It's sized like a magazine, and at bookstores it's racked with gardening periodicals. But it isn't a magazine.

It's a soft-covered book with a table of contents, zone maps, a glossary and even an index. And it's loaded with tidbits of thrifty advice, perhaps (as touted on its cover) as many as "650 easy earth-friendly ideas that save hundreds."

If you are a fan of the "Gardening Tips" feature of this newsletter, then you'll particularly delight in Gardening Green for Less.

Its topics include "From Trash to Treasure," "Go Green, Save Green," "Homegrown and Healthy" and "Little Efforts, Big Payoffs." The emphasis is always on economic thrift and environmental sensitivity.

Most of us in Texas will probably skip the 3 pages devoted to "Wet and Wonderful Rain Gardens," though a few Lone Star diehards might engage in fantasy reading. Better for us are the helpful units on being water wise and distinguishing among mulches.

Few, though, are likely to skip "12 Secrets to a Green Lawn," which includes this nifty suggestion: "If it makes sense, grow a ground cover." Actually, I wish Gardening Green for Less might have been more adventuresome on the subject of replacing lawns, especially since the environmental and economic appropriateness of lawns for most of Texas is more debatable than ever given our increasingly hot and droughty conditions.

Admittedly, both as an idea and as a practice, lawn-keeping can be hard to give up. The reasons why, though, are not always easy to unearth.

Puzzling over this phenomenon in Lawn People, Paul Robbins has tried to explain how "the needs of the grass [have] come to be [our] own." Lawns represent more than meets the eye, he found. Although Homo suburbia (a turf caretaker) usually doesn't know it, lawns encode hard-to-challenge social, cultural and political meanings reinforced by the economic interests of powerful corporations.

Lawn economics has been humorously yet trenchantly examined in Ted Steinberg's American Green, an eye-opening exposé of corporate exploitation of our lawn-mania. The wordplay of the book's title conveys perfectly the close bond between lawn culture and corporate profits.

Long-buried cultural meanings of lawns have been variously unearthed, but Michael Pollan's "Why Mow?" in Second Nature offers a particularly succinct history of turf-keeping. While earlier Americans spoke of well-kempt lawns as neighborly and democratic, oddly in fact the practice began with people of considerable wealth and privilege who valued staff-maintained lawns as status symbols.

Over time the possibility of having a status lawn trickled down to the middle class — for better or for worse, depending on your perspective. Since the end of the nineteenth century, Pollan reported, some Americans have branded indifference to picture-perfect front-yard turf grass as "selfish," "unneighborly," "undemocratic" and even "unchristian."

These are hard charges to dodge. And, in one way or another, they can lurk behind local ordinances, homeowner associations and neighbors' raised eyebrows.

So let me say, preemptively, that I am not criticizing anyone who is obsessed with a typical lawn. Every gardener is prone to and perhaps entitled to an obsession or two. I have my own — more than two, in fact, as readers of the column have witnessed.

And, yes, I have a small front-yard lawn of sorts. Let's just say that I'm hardly fond of it. It's a discomforting inheritance, not from the previous owner of my home but from my neighbor's St. Augustine, which overran my buffalo grass.

I feel much better about those sections of the front yard where I extracted turf and fashioned walled raised-beds for bulbs, islands of evergreen ground cover and grassless circles of in-ground and potted plant combinations. I feel especially good about my street-front windbreak providing a greenbelt for small wildlife.

My efforts at turf-reduction resulted from personal preference, but a similar response is recommended by Sally and Andy Wasowski in Requiem for a Lawnmower. For them, replacing a lawn with plants native to a region means less labor and environmentally damaging chemicals, and also more water conservation and wildlife-friendly habitats.

Heather Flores suggests another possibility in Food Not Lawns, which was published before the present Victory Garden revival. By converting unproductive lawns into productive crops, she argues, we can return, personally and collectively, to a more healthy and natural way of life.

Whether or not you fret over your lawn, Gardening Green for Less is a handy resource of thoughtful suggestions. But it will only be available at newsstands until 17 August. Beyond that date it will probably still be available at http://www.countrystorecatalog.com/Gardening-Green-For-Less/010_38024,default,pd.html&cgid=MGZ_SPC.

Unfortunately, the pricing of Gardening Green for Less is peculiar. The scan tag reads $10.99, but Barnes and Nobel charges $11.99. The Web site price is $9.99, but there's an extra $5.99 delivery charge.

Junior Master Gardener sprouts interest in Latin America

By Paul Schattenberg
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

The seeds of the Junior Master Gardener program have been planted in Central America, and interest is taking root throughout Latin America, said program administrators.

"We've already held training programs for teachers, community leaders and kids in Guatemala and Honduras, and program interest from other Latin American countries has been spreading," said Lisa Whittlesey, National Junior Master Gardener program coordinator at Texas A&M University in College Station.

The Junior Master Gardener program is a 4-H youth horticulture education program of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

"The program is an international youth gardening program with the mission of helping 'grow good kids' by instilling in them a passion for learning, success and service through gardening and horticulture," Whittlesey said. "We train teachers and other adults to deliver the program to its target audience — elementary and middle school kids."

Whittlesey said students participating in the program learn not only about horticulture and gardening, they also learn about science and math, but in a fun and interesting way.

Program outreach into Latin America is being implemented with help from AgriLife Extension's Texas Master Gardener adult-volunteer horticulture program, the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture and former Texas A&M students and Aggie clubs.

So far, the organizations have presented two Junior Master Gardener train-the-trainer sessions in Central America. The first took place in Chimaltenango, Guatemala in October 2008. The second was in Tegucigalpa, Honduras this March. About 60 teachers and other educators and 45 children participated in these two programs.

Junior Master Gardener program administrators also have been contacted by educators in other Latin American countries.

"We've gotten inquiries about or requests for presenting the Junior Master Gardener program from additional Central American countries, as well as from Argentina and Mexico," Whittlesey said.

Two proposals for Junior Master Gardener programs in Costa Rica and one for a program in Panama have already been submitted, according to Johanna Roman, Latin American programs coordinator for the Borlaug Institute.

"There's also been a request from an orphanage in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico asking if we can bring the program to the kids there," Roman said. "We're also hoping to introduce the program at an orphanage in El Salvador sometime next year."

Roman added that four students from Texas A&M will be helping coordinate Junior Master Gardener programs in Guatemalan orphanages as part of their summer internship with the Borlaug Institute. About 300 children are expected to participate.

"The program fits in well with the institute's international agriculture projects in Latin America which are helping develop agriculture and agribusiness and improving income and quality of life in several countries," she said.

Much of the program's success in Latin America is due to the ability to present the program in Spanish and provide essential Spanish-language teaching materials, Roman said.

Program materials were produced by agricultural experts within AgriLife Extension and the Texas A&M System and have been translated into Spanish for the Latin American audience. Topics covered in the materials include: plant growth and development, soils and water, ecology and environmental horticulture, insects and diseases, landscaping, fruits and nuts, vegetables and herbs, and learning about life skills and possible careers.

A key component of program training has been the Junior Master Gardener Level 1 Teacher/Leader Guide, which had been translated into Spanish by an AgriLife Communications team at Texas A&M.

"The guide includes a variety of hands-on learning experiences, activity pages, worksheets and readings which are formatted for standardized tests," said Whittlesey. "The curriculum is designed for Spanish-speaking teachers, parents, volunteers and other educators, and their students in grades 3 to 5."

Translating the eight-chapter, 386-page guide took two years to complete. It was reviewed by Spanish-speakers from Argentina, Guatemala, Mexico and Venezuela to ensure content could be widely understood throughout Latin America. The translation project recently won a gold award in the diversity category from the Association for Communication Excellence.

Roman is now working on Spanish-language videos featuring Junior Master Gardener activities found in the guide to supplement the program's educational materials.

"It's hard to find a more relevant and impactful subject matter for kids than plants and garden science," said Randy Seagraves, curriculum coordinator for the national Junior Master Gardener program. "It engages them in meaningful and very novel learning experiences, and their lives will be changed by what they are learning. We're happy to be helping cultivate the growth of new Junior Master Gardeners in Latin America."

Whittlesey said the Junior Master Gardener program would also help build interest in establishing community gardens and promote better understanding of proper nutrition in Latin America.

"The program will also help Latin American families learn to garden and grow the right types of vegetables and other crops so they can have a sustainable food source," she said. "We're looking forward to presenting this program in other Latin American countries so more kids and adults get the many benefits derived through gardening."

For more information on the Junior Master Gardener program, visit http://jmgkids.us.

For more information on the Borlaug Institute, visit http://borlaug.tamu.edu.


Gardening tips

"During this time of hot, dry weather, be sure to water your vegetables (and other plants) deeply and infrequently rather than often and for short periods of time," writes Brent Moon, horticulturist. "This will encourage your plants to develop a strong, deep root system. A nice layer of mulch of approximately 3-4" deep will go a long way towards holding critical moisture around your plants, in addition to helping reduce weed growth and adding organic matter to your soil."

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Did You Know...

Despite their notorious reputation, wasps are beneficial to man and the “balance of nature” because many species prey on insect pests in our gardens and landscape. Just note the wasps collecting webworms from your pecan trees or patrolling those southern peas and you will have observed these heroes in action. Wasp activity peaks in the fall. Rather than destroy their nests (a real no-no if you are a true organic gardener), be aware of their presence and activity and follow these tips provided by the Oklahoma Extension Service.

“Do’s and Don’ts” of Avoiding Stinging Wasps

  • Do Not use sweet-smelling colognes, perfumes, and hair sprays in wasp areas.
  • Do Not wear bright-colored clothing; wear tan, khaki, and dark-colored clothes.
  • Do Not picnic, sit, or stand near trash cans, fallen fruit, or other wasp feeding sites.
  • Do Not swat or move rapidly when a wasp visits you or your food or drink; move slowly.
  • Do Not approach a nest; if you do disturb a nest, run away from attacking wasps.
  • Do cleanup food and drink refuse, clean trash cans, and fit them with a tight lid to reduce wasp visits.

Upcoming garden events

Woodway: Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas AgriLife Extension Service Vegetable Specialist, will present "Getting Ready for Fall" (Vegetable Gardening Program), Wednesday, July 8, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd., Woodway. For more information, contact (254) 757-5180.

Georgetown: The Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will hold its annual brainstorming meeting from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., July 9, at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th St., Georgetown. Members and guests will share and discuss ideas for the coming year's programs. Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome. For more information, contact Billye Adams at (512) 863-9636 or visit http://www.npsot.org/WilliamsonCounty/default.htm.

Austin: The Travis County Master Gardeners Association will present "Becoming A Garden Detective: Diagnosing Plant Problems" from 10 a.m. until noon, July 11, at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. Just when you think you've done everything right by your plants, one of them starts to go downhill. One of the biggest challenges for gardeners is correctly diagnosing plant problems and finding effective, safe solutions. Is your plant dying because of an insect, environmental or disease problem? Join us to learn the causes of plant problems, the process for diagnosing plant problems, and preventive garden management techniques. This class is free and open to the public. A plant clinic will run during the seminar to help you diagnose current problems so please bring samples of problem plants. For more details, see http://www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardeners will present "Water Gardening," Noon- 1p.m., July 13, at the Pattie Dodson Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., Victoria. Pat Plowman will speak. Free to public. Bring sack lunch. For additional information, contact Victoria County Extension Office, (361) 575-4581.

Pearland: Dr. Carol Brouwer, County Extension Agent for Horticulture, will present "Landscape Design" from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, at Bass Pro Shops, Highway 288 at the Sam Houston Tollway, Pearland. This free lecture is hosted by the Harris County Master Gardener Association. For additional information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Seabrook: Donita Brannon, Horticulture Exhibits Manager of the Rainforest Pyramid at Moody Gardens, will speak on "Recovering from Ike" at 10 a.m., July 15, at the Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. She will discuss plants that survived the hurricane along with rebuilding and soil remediation of the gardens after the storm. This free lecture is hosted by the Harris County Master Gardener Association. For additional information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Austin: The Austin Pond Society will host the 2009 Pound Tour July 18 and 19. Approximately 15 ponds will be included in the tour on Saturday and another 15 on Sunday. For additional information, visit www.austinpondsociety.org.

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patrico Master Gardeners will host "Xeriscape Gardening with Native Plants," presented by Karen Ivey, Administrator, San Patricio Municipal Water District, as one of their Brown Bag events, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, at the Aransas County Library, 701 Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail ararsas-tx@tamu.edu or call (361) 790-0103.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardeners will present "Mulching, Composting and Water Conservation," Noon-1 p.m., August 10, at the Pattie Dodson Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., Victoria. Monica Pilat will speak. Free to public. Bring sack lunch. For additional information, contact Victoria County Extension Office, (361) 575-4581.

Schertz: The next Guadalupe County Master Gardener training class is for anyone with a love for gardening and a desire to learn more about horticulture. Classes are on Wednesday August 12 to December 9th from 6:15 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. and two Saturdays at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz. Instructors include Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialists, staff and local experts, including Malcolm Beck, Patty Leander and Drs. Larry Stein and Mark Black. Topics include botany and plant growth, entomology, Xeriscaping, propagation, herbs and vegetables, tree care and pruning principles, composting and organic horticulture, water conservation and much more. Registration is $170 with a 10% discount if received by June 10, and $125 for 2nd household member if sharing a handbook. Payment plan also available. For more information, an application and a list of speakers, please email gsammermann@gvec.net or call (830) 372-4690. Applications are also available on our Web site at www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

Woodway: Steven Chamblee, Chief Horticulturist at Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, will present "Texas Tough Plants" (Improving your Landscape), Wednesday, August 12, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd., Woodway. Topics include: Best choices for annuals & perennials, trees, groundcover, shrubs & bushes, roses and accent plants. This free event is sponsored by McLennan County Master Gardeners and McLennan County AgriLife Extension. For more information, contact (254) 757-5180.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Botanical Society is bringing David Rogers' Big Bugs to the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston at North New Braunfels Ave., this fall. The exhibit opens Labor Day weekend (September 5-7), and will remain on location through December 6. Featuring gargantuan sculptures of insects, the exhibit alters viewers' perceptions and magnifies the role of insects as nature's "hidden gardeners." Sculptures are constructed entirely from natural materials, complementing and blending with the existing landscape. Interactive programs for children and families, and integrated materials for educators, will be available at the Garden throughout the three-month exhibit. For more information, call (210) 207-3255, or visit www.sabot.org.


Rockport: The Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners meets at 9 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the AgriLife Extension Office - Aransas County, 611 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail aransas-tx@tamu.edu or call (361) 790-0103.

Kilgore: Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners meets at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Wildwood Eco-Farm in Kilgore. For more information, call Carole Ramke at (903) 986-9475.

Allen: The Allen Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, February through December, at the Allen Heritage Center, 100 E. Main St., Allen. For more information, visit www.allengardenclub.org.

Austin: Austin Organic Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin. For more information, visit www.main.org/aog.

Pearland: The second Tuesday of each month the Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold a free evening educational program for the public, called the Green Thumb Series, at Bass Pro Shop, Highway 288 at Sam Houston Tollway, Pearland. For more information visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu or call (281) 991-8437.

Schertz: The Guadalupe County (Schertz/Seguin) Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) meets the second Tuesday of each month except July and August at the Guadalupe County Annex, 1101 Elbel Road, Shertz. A plant exchange and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program at 7. For additional information or an application to join NPSOT, contact guadalupecounty@npsot.org.

Rockport: The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, meets the second Wednesday of each month, with the exceptions of June and July, to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs, including historical uses and tips for successful propagation and cultivation, meets at 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport at 10 a.m. Sometimes they take field trips and have cooking demonstrations in different locations. For more information, contact Linda (361) 729-6037, Ruth (361) 729-8923 or Cindy (979) 562-2153 or visit www.rockportherbs.com.

Brownwood: Brown County Master Gardeners Association meets the second Thursday of each month, from Noon to 1 p.m., at the Brown County AgriLife Extension Office, 605 Fisk, Brownwood. For additional information, call Freda Day (325) 643-1077, or Mary Engle (325) 784-8453.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Herb Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels (corner of Funston & N. New Braunfels). For more information on programs, visit www.sanantonioherbs.org.

College Station: The A&M Garden Club meets on the second Friday of each month during the school year at 9:30 a.m. at the Senior Circle Rooms, College Station Professional Building II, 1651 Rock Prairie Road, College Station. Expert speakers, plant sharing, and federated club projects help members learn about gardening in the Brazos Valley, floral design, conservation topics, and more. For more information, visit www.sallysfamilyplace.com/Clubs/GardenClub.htm.

Dallas: The Rainbow Garden Club of North Texas meets the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Meetings are held at member’s homes and garden centers around the area. For more information, visit www.RainbowGardenClub.com.

Cleburne: The Johnson County Master Gardener Association meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program each month preceding the business meeting. For information on topics call (817) 556-6370 or visit http://www.jcmga.org/.

Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through November and January through April at 10 a.m. at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land. The club hosts a different speaker each month. For more information, visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org.

Denton: The Denton Organic Society, a group devoted to sharing information and educating the public regarding organic principles, meets the third Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Avenue. Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are preceded by a social at 6:30. For more information, call (940) 382-8551.

Glen Rose: The Somervell County Master Gardeners meet at 10 a.m., the third Wednesday of each month at the Somervell County AgriLife Extension office, 1405 Texas Drive, Glen Rose. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call (254) 897-2809 or visit www.somervellmastergardener.org.

Granbury: The Lake Granbury Master Gardeners meet at 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Hood County Annex 1, 1410 West Pearl Street, Granbury. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program each month preceding the business meeting. For information on topics call (817) 579-3280 or visit http://www.hoodcountymastergardeners.org/.

Seabrook: The Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold an educational program at 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the Lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Houston: The Native Plant Society of Texas — Houston (NPSOT-H) meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except for October (4th Thursday) and December (2nd Thursday). Location varies. For locations, for more information on programs, and for information about native plants for Houston, visit http://www.npsot.org/Houston.

Rosenberg: The Fort Bend Master Gardeners meet at 7:15 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except December at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center located at 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg. For more information, call (281) 341-7068 or visit www.fbmg.com.

Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners meets the third Thursday of each month at the Texas AgriLife Extension Bldg. at 210 E. Live Oak at 7 p.m. For more information, phone (830) 379-1972 or visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

Longview: The Northeast Texas chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets the third Thursday of each month at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Longview. For more information, call Logan Damewood at (903) 295-1984.

Edna: The Jackson County Master Gardeners present their "Come Grown With Us" seminars on the fourth Tuesday of each month, January through October, beginning at 7 p.m. at 411 N. Wells, Edna. The seminars are free, open to the public and offer 2 CEU hours to Master Gardeners or others requiring them. For additional information, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at (361) 782-3312.

Fort Worth: The Organic Garden Club of Forth Worth meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month except July and December at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens main building. Refreshments are served. For more information, call (817) 274-8460.

Dallas: The Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 6:45 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Fretz Park Recreation Center, located at the corner of Hillcrest and Beltline Road in Dallas. For more information, call (214) 824-2448 or visit www.dogc.org.

Arlington: The Arlington Organic Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month (except November and December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact David at (817) 483-7746.

If you would like your organization’s events included in "Upcoming Garden Events," please contact us at Garden Events. To ensure inclusion in this column, please provide complete details at least three weeks prior to the event.

The Southern Kitchen Garden

By William D. Adams and Thomas R. Leroy

A kitchen garden, or potager, is a celebration of the seasons: brimming with vegetables, herbs, flowers, and even fruit trees, it’s our link with nature and a source for fresh produce. The kitchen garden has always been an important part of life in the rural South, at times meaning the difference between being well-fed or going to bed hungry. In recent times, the kitchen garden has become more fashionable and now more and more homeowners are reaping the delicious rewards of growing their own food.

A kitchen garden needs little more than a small raised bed, so an aspiring gardener with only a modest backyard will have plenty of room to get started. If you have more space on your hands, then you can include some produce requiring a little more space like fruit trees, corn or pumpkins.

In the book, the authors with take you through the process of starting your very own kitchen garden from location to soil preparation to planting and then to harvest. It is also loaded with useful information on propagation, pest control and is laced with mouth-watering recipes and beautiful color photographs.

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